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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

A veggie-packed, low-carb alternative to everyone's favorite food- pizza!

It has been said, “abdominals are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.” Essentially, this means that, regardless of how many miles you run and how many sit-ups you do, if you aren’t eating healthfully, you won’t see the results you want.

I love bread, bagels and crackers as much as the next person, but I find that when I am eating a particularly large amount of carbohydrates, I tend to feel a little less toned and a little more jiggly. That said, I love to eat pizza. When I make it at home, I always use healthy whole wheat flour which is less processed and higher in fiber, however, the carbohydrate level is still quite high.

The below recipe is going to blow your mind. Not only is it super easy to put together, it is extremely low in carbohydrates and just as satisfying as real pizza. I won’t tell you that this pizza tastes just like your favorite pizzeria’s, but I can honestly say that you would never have known it was made with cauliflower. Give it a try; it is 100 percent worth it!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza (adapted from eat-drink-smile.com)

Ingredients

1 cup cauliflower florets

1 cup low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese (or other melty cheese)

1 egg, beaten (or equivalent amount of egg replacer—I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings*

*Toppings should be pre-cooked since you only broil the pizza for a few minutes.

Method

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Pulse raw cauliflower florets in a food processor until they are “riced.” Transfer the cauliflower to a microwave safe bowl and microwave uncovered for 7-8 minutes.  In a separate bowl, combine the cheese, egg, oregano and garlic powder. Once cooked, add the cauliflower to the cheese mixture and mix to combine. Pour the mixture out onto a cookie sheet lined with non-stick foil and spread into a 9 inch circle. Bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, add toppings of choice, and place back in the oven under the broiler until cheese is melted. Serve with a fresh green salad and enjoy!

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Pati Schembari April 17, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Thank you Katherine! I have had this pizza in the past, and was just recently reminded of it. So I started seaching my recipes for it to no avail... This recipe is great! Sauté a few of your veggies of choice to add as toppings and you are in heaven!
Ray Carile April 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Great recipe. You are right. Nutrition is 50% of your fitness and most people think that thy can " work it off" at the gym
Buddy April 18, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Interesting recipe Katherine. I'll give it a try this weekend. Thanks!

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