Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cauliflower: Revolutionizing PIZZA!

Okay peeps, listen up.  I must share this with you all.

Anyone low carbing miss breadsticks and pizza?  Anyone who's DIETING miss breadsticks and pizza?  Anyone who is opposed to the term "dieting" because they're living a healthy lifestyle, but dammit, because of that they don't eat pizza... miss pizza?

Well, I found a super low carb, low calorie, amazing recipe to share with you.  Truly, it's gonna change my whole world.

Okay so I forgot to take a picture of the pizza before I put it on my plate and scarfed it so the photo on the bottom looks like a hot mess of veggies, so here's a shot done by someone who thought about it before diving face first into their food.

...But trust me.  Let me break this down for you.  These are not made with bread.  They are made with CAULIFLOWER.

I'll say that again.  This is VEGGIE, y'all.  VEGGIE.  (Oh, and Crysi pointed out that it's also Gluten Free!)

Some of you savvy folk may have already heard of this, but for anyone else... I'm going to share this amazing discovery.

1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2tsp fennel
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley

pizza or alfredo sauce (I choose low carb, 4g carbs per serving.)
toppings (for Dan I used mushrooms and pepperoni - for me I used mushrooms, red onion, chopped artichoke hearts and sliced red bell pepper.)
mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Press evenly on the pan. Sprinkle evenly with spices. 

Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes (15-20 minutes if you double the recipe). 

Remove the pan from the oven. To the crust, add sauce, then toppings and cheese.
Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted. 

The ENTIRE crust is only:

434 calories
25g fat
8 net carbs (13 total)
5g fiber
41g protein (Check out that protein count!)

Per serving, that's only 109 calories and 2 net carbs!  (This doesn't count your toppings/sauce/cheese on top, so make sure you count that!)

Here's the recipe for the breadsticks:

A batch of cauliflower pizza "dough" (mixed but not baked)
mozzarella cheese
garlic salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a greased 9X3 loaf pan, press about 1-1/2" deep cauliflower pizza dough. If any is left, use for pizza.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until set. With a spatula loosen the dough around the edges and remove the square of dough to a greased cookie sheet.

With a pizza cutter, slice strips through the set dough. Separate slightly. Sprinkle with garlic salt and/or extra mozzarella cheese. Bake at 450 degrees until the top browns.

Once the oven is preheated to 450 degrees, it is easy to pop in a couple of pizza crusts as well.

Serve with marinara sauce (optional).

Okay.  Had to share.  This shit is amazing.  The pizza is supposed to be pretty rigid and hold up the toppings.  Mine was a little softer and we ate them with a fork (I think I made it too thick.)  The breadsticks, however, were AMAZING!  

Dan loved this and is now saying "Cauli-sticks" and "That cauli-dinner was awesome."  The genius thing?  It does NOT taste like cauliflower.    :)



Julia said...

. . . I think I just died.



Crysi said...

Oooh. I may have to try this because it's even GLUTEN FREE! I know the twins would eat it and Adia likes cauliflower so she might too. Thanks for sharing.

Runnergirl said...

That sounds incredible - will have to try it!

Unknown said...

Will try it - thanks!

Anonymous said...

I think this is the secret that will change my whole year. My whole existence maybe. I am so excited to try it! Thanks, Jenn.

Sarah said...

I may just have to try this.. Sounds so go! Thanks

Allan said...

And you cook too....

Renanda said...

I dont understand the ricing (is that a word?) of the cauli...did you use a food processor? said...

Sounds delicious!

Draea Lael (Rose) said...

Hmmm, sounds nummy! I think I might try this next pizza night!

kimert said...

Oh yummy!! Not only does it look good but it sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing. I am a huge pizza lover, like it is my all time fave food and I am pretty sure it's what got me on a weight loss journey in the first place because we probably ate it 4 days a week when I was pregnant with my first. I can't believe I just admitted that! Yikes.

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Mint said...

New reader here! And all I have to say is... wow. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this!

I seriously feel like I just died and went to heaven...

N-i-c-o-l-e said...

Hi there. I've been following for awhile now and thought I would come out of the woodwork lol. I about fell out of my chair when I saw this recipe. My stepmom is going to love me for this. She has a wheat allergy and is on a gluten free diet and I know she is going to love this!!! Thanks for sharing :).

rach said...

I cannot wait to try this- im doing low carb and have been lusting after pizza!! Thanks for the recipe!

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Trainer T.s Fitness said...

Thank you for posting this I can't wait to make it!

I love pizza and me and my bf never have it since STL pizza is so bad for you.(carbs, fat need is say more)

We were just considering this week breaking our diet and getting one, but YOU saved us woot woot :-)

Its funny that you linked your How to rice cauliflower back to an Examiner as I write for them too.

Salina Lyn said...

I totally just licked my computer screen. Yum. I've used cauli for mashed potato replacement but pizza dough? Yes please! I'm stocking up on that crap tonight. Pizza for dinner honey! :)

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The Insatiable Host said...


this looks amazing!!!


Kelly said...

I'm totally intrigued. Gonna have to try this soon!

Anonymous said...

Sounds yum!! I am def making this. Have you had cheesy Mashed Cauliflower. It taste just like mashed potatos.

Unknown said...

Making the "crust" right now! :) Crossing my fingers!

Tonyne said...
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Tonyne said...

Oh my goodness...that looks fantastic. I see a weekend project in the works! :)

Anonymous said...

I have to admit cauliflower freaks me out a little bit but those "bread" sticks look awesome. Im going to have to make them.

Jen said...

I love you. I love you. I love you.

Not in a weird way! Its a "OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING" way.

So once again, thank you!
Can't wait to try it. Yum!