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Monday, August 9, 2010

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

My Husband is an excellent pizza maker and Saturday night is pizza night in our house. When I first started the BFC he made me a version that I could have 2 extremely thin pieces. But then I started having a stomach ache and realized that it was actually still too many carbs for one meal. While doing regular BFC I usually had a Tortilla or Pita Pizza. But once I started the Fast Track (a modified version of the Belly Fat Cure) we started making pizza with a cauliflower crust.

I have this once a week, the Husband even has it himself now and only the kids are left eating his fabulous. I even made if for my Mom and Sister recently, both on versions of the BFC. (They liked it, but I don't think they LOVED it).

I started with this recipe from the Examiner and modified it slightly. You can put whatever your favorite toppings are on it, preferably loading it up with proteins!

Step 1: Rice/shred fresh or frozen cauliflower. I use a cheese grater and the consistency is much better then just finely chopping it.

Step 2: Mix together the following ingredients:
2 Cups shredded cauliflower
1/2 Cup Mozzarella
1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese
1 Egg
garlic powder to taste

Step 3: Press the crust onto a greased pizza pan or cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 450. Bake the crust, without any toppings, until it is crispy and golden. This is the most important part of the process. (You can play with the cauliflower/egg/cheese ratios if this consistency isn't to your liking)


Step 4: Add your toppings, making sure to use a low sugar sauce, and then bake until they have melted. Probably about 10 minutes. Slice up and serve.

I really am a true pizza lover, I can't have just one piece, so this is a big change for me. Depending on where you are with your love of bread I think you will enjoy this healthy low carb/sugar alternative!

23 comments:

  1. I can't wait to try this. I need to get through zucchini season first and then I can move on to cauliflower!

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  2. I need, need, NEED to try this. I think we've talked about this -- I'm a huuuge cauliflower fan. Naturally, I'm also a huge pizza fan. Gotta do it!!

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  3. Sounds great! We used to order pizza every Sunday night, but don't anymore b/c I couldn't resist Papa John's!! I will definitely have to give this a try!!

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  4. Thanks Amber. I will have to try this...I grew up having homemade pizza, we throw pizza parties now and make 15-20 pies a night (made to order) and this will be a great addition/substitution!

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  5. I love and miss pizza (I'm doing FT too). This looks soo good. Haven't been able to bake anything due to a broken oven (really haven't needed it, especially during the summer). But this inspires me, must take the recipe with me on my vacation. Thanks!

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  6. wow, that looks good. How's the taste though?

    I bought some Jay Robb vanilla whey protein mix this weekend and some Barlean's Omega 3 lemon zest swirl. In July I lost about 4 lbs focusing on avoiding foods with too much sugar. I did not even work out that much so I know it was how I was eating.

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  7. Yay! Have been wanting to try this! Have a head of cauliflower in the fridge just waiting for me!

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  8. I made this once using the examiner recipe. It came a bit soggy, but I'm going to try again. I gave it to my kids just as pizza & they did not question it as out of the ordinary, so I was thrilled! It's a great option for BFC, especially FT. I SO miss pizza! One question...do you cook the cauliflower or use it raw?

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  9. If it is soggy, bake it longer before adding your toppings. I think it tastes great! We make it every week now.

    Also - the cauliflower should be fresh, uncooked.

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  10. I made the recipe from the examiner last night. I followed the recipe and instructions to a T. It was wonderful to eat. Not soggy at all, very crispy crust!

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  11. I just made this pizza for lunch today.. I have seen this cauliflower crust recipe before but was kinda nervous about making it, scared it would taste bad... I can honestly say this pizza was DELICIOUS !!!! You can't even tell that it is cauliflower for the crust... I loaded mine with my favourite toppings.. will definetly make this again.. Thanks. :-)

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  12. I was literally craving "pizza" today, so I drove to the store, and what, "no cauliflower" to be found, not even in the organic section. I had to be satisfied with making a delicious salad, while enjoying a slice of Food for Life- Genesis toast, with MaraNatha Almond Butter spread. Tomorrow I will go on the elusive Cauliflower hunt (to Costco)! As for tonight, while searching and salivating over more pizza recipes, I came across a similar recipe adapted from the New Moosewood Cookbook (gluten free of course) using Zucchini for the crust, and it's made very similar to this one.

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  13. Finally made my Cauliflower pizza. I told my husband that I thought it tasted like the real "thang", and his remark was, "are you crazy?". Well, I actually liked it better than the a typical pizza, and one piece with a side salad filled me right up. My old self would have devoured four slices without batting an eye!

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  14. I tried this with limited success. The middle stuck to the pizza pan and wasn't crispy on the bottom although it appeared to be on the top. Amber, what temperature did you use? How big was the crust around and how thick? Does it work better if the mixture is thicker? I might have made it too thin. I grated mine with my food processor, would that make a difference? Sorry for the barrage of questions, I want this to work better next time. :)

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  15. I tried it last night and it was a lot better than I thought it would be. I think it might taste even better with a white sauce so I will try that next time. Kim - I cooked mine on 400 for 20 minutes and it wasn't really crispy (I had to eat it with a fork), but it still worked as a crust.

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  16. Do you have any suggestions for low-sugar sauce? I'm in NYC where the grocery stores are small and have few options, but I'm still interested. I usually just end up buying the least-bad of the major brands, but it still seems too carby for comfort.

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  17. Jorge recommends Seeds Of Change pasta sauce. I have never found it in stores, but here is a link for it at Amazon.co (http://amzn.to/cc6NjO). I use Trader Giotto's Three Cheese sauce from Trader Joes. It has only 1gram sugar!

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  18. I sure am going to try this. Just wanted to throw out an idea to you all. I make potato salad using cauliflower instead of potatoes. Turns out great and everyone is always requesting I make it for them. All you do is steam the cauliflower (but not to long or it becomes mushy). Al dente is what I do...rinse it right away in cold water so stop cooking it at that point. Just proceed with your favorite potato salad receipe.

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  19. I became aware of Jorge and his book while watching the RR show, I believe you were the guest in his audience. After reading through your website I think it's fantastic, you've outlined your daily intakes using an excel spreadsheet, you've provided a grocery list, and I especially love your reviews. I will be heading down to my local Herb&Spice in search of the Unsweetened So Good Coconut Milk, and their ice "creams". I've stopped adding any sweetener to my coffee and opt for the 10% half and half. When consulting your grocery list, I did not notice alfalfa sprouts, but I think they are ok? Where I live, in Canada, there is a President's Choice line of products listed as "Blue Menu" items, they've released a fizzy type drink that has no sugar, or carbs and is flavored naturally with no artificial sweeteners. Another staple is adding tonic water or club soda (which is heavy on the sodium) to my teas to give it a nice edge. I look forward to trying this cauliflower crust as it will be in season shortly, $1 for a head of cauliflower the size of my head sounds appealing to me and I am a pizza JUNKIE aka JUNKFOOD JUNKIE! haha :) The last thing I wanted to mention is the Organic Whey Protein with live cultures added to it, it is a good way to get your active bacteria cultures + high quality protein without the added sugars, fake sugars or carbs, rather than supplementing. I look forward to consulting your site on a regular basis.

    Cheers from Canada,

    Meg

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  20. I made this for lunch today and it was delicious! I've seen recipes for cauliflower crust pizza for a few years now and always thought it sounded awful. Boy was I wrong. I will make this regularly!

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  21. I made this for lunch today and it was surprisingly very good! I added Chef Paul's pizza seasoning into the crust. I was so excited about making it that I forgot to grease the pan and spread it too thin, so it stuck to the bottom. I added pizza sauce, shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese. Thank you for posting this recipe...you rock Amber!!!!

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  22. this was so good!

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  23. would you please add s/c values to your recipes?

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