I LOVE a Healthier Pizza

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Aside from the occasional frozen vegan pizza (not recommended) I haven’t had pizza in longer than I can remember.  All that wheat in the crust, even if I found the whole wheat dough or made my own from whole wheat flour, just didn’t feel good for my body so I stopped eating pizza years ago.  Then the cauliflower pizza crust craze came along shortly after cauliflower’s fame for lower-carb mashed potatoes (is there anything cauliflower can’t do?).  But I was dairy and egg free and those pizza crust recipes called for cheese and egg.

The idea to make this pizza came about because I have been working with a client who is trying to get her blood sugars down and lose some weight but she is really struggling with giving up her homemade pizza.  She left our last meeting armed with a cauliflower crust recipe and my promise to make it for myself as well.  After all, if I am going to be suggesting healthier versions of recipes I really ought to test them out firsthand.

Looking online, you’ll see many versions of cauliflower pizza crust recipes.  I went with one from The Detoxinista because I liked the ingredients she used and I have had really good luck with several of her recipes.

Here is what you need for the pizza crust:

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A head of cauliflower, one egg, 1/3 cup chevre (goat cheese) and some Italian seasoning.

 

 

 

 

 

You can click on the recipe link above to learn the details, but basically you pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until you get “cauliflower rice,” boil it and then drain/squeeze out the excess moisture before mixing it with the other ingredients.

Here is what my unbaked crust looked like:

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Go ahead and shape it into a lovely heart for Valentine’s Day.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

It didn’t feel anything like pizza dough and it doesn’t claim to.   You’d never guess it would hold together once baked but it does:

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Toppings I used:

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Tomato sauce (thought I would need both cans but only used one), mushrooms (steamed first), mozzarella cheese (local cows!) and last but certainly not least, pepperoni.

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It was very good but not a “quick and easy” type of meal.  You need to do some preplanning and prep for this and I had to buy several ingredients that I don’t normally have around the house  (…as in never!)  But if you stick this pizza into your weekly meal plan and do your grocery shopping  in advance, you can have it on the table in about an hour.

We cut the heart-shaped pizza in half and as we were sitting down with our plates of pizza I noticed how unusual a dinner this was with NO vegetables!  Then it dawned on me that we were each eating about a half a head of cauliflower– all righty then! Three cheers for hidden vegetables!  Nothing green, but we’ll make up for that with big salads for lunch tomorrow.

And because Valentine’s Day is coming up, I sure hope you will be enjoying some chocolate.  Valentine’s Days as a kid were the best.  My sister and I would wake up to a red heart-shaped box of chocolates at our places at the kitchen table.  Thanks Mom and Dad!  It was so fun and exciting to get those once a year.  Now,  chocolate has practically turned into a food group for me and has gone from something special at a few holidays to an almost daily occurrence.  I’m not ashamed of that either!  I’ve talked about the health benefits of chocolate in the past so I won’t rehash.  But I will share links to a few of my favorite chocolate recipes:

 

No-Bake Brownies with Cashew Cream and Salted Caramel

 

Mocha Quinoa Brownies

 

Chocolate Truffles

 

Chocolate Mousse Pie with Strawberries

 

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Have a fabulous Valentine’s week…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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