Melissa's Cuisine: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Are you looking for a healthier and low-carb way to enjoy pizza? This Cauliflower Pizza Crust is the solution!
Melissa's Cuisine: Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Okay, before you click away from this posting thinking that cauliflower and pizza don't go together, hear me out!  Seriously, even Mike said this was good.  And if he says something is good, then you know it is good!

I'm currently 14 days into the 21 Day Fix.  It's been a great experience for me to really pay attention to what I'm putting into my body.  Rather than mindless eating, I am being intentional about every bite I take.  I'm exercising self control, being diligent about my portions, and making sure I'm getting an ideal combination of food.  And guess what?  It's working!  I'm losing weight, losing inches, and my cravings for junk are gone.  Honestly, a brownie doesn't even sound good right now!

You might be wondering what this transformation and my new journey as a Beachbody Coach means for this blog.  Really, not a whole lot.  I'll probably be posting more healthy recipes, like this one.  But I will also continue posting the more indulgent recipes you love.  I firmly believe in balance and that a healthy lifestyle allows for treats.  Plus, I didn't eat everything I made before, so I can still make sweets and send them to work with Mike.  His co-workers will be thrilled to have more food sent their way!

Anyway, back to this pizza.  It's a great way to enjoy pizza if you're counting calories or carbs, or on the 21 Day Fix program like I am. When I started the program, I promised Mike that he would still be able to enjoy the foods he loves.  It's worked out really well: if he has a burger, I have a turkey burger; if he has pizza, I have cauliflower crust pizza.  I've seen this idea before and I was always skeptical.  How is a vegetable going to taste as good as pizza?  But since I knew Mike was going to be eating pizza in front of me, I decided to give cauliflower crust a try.

Now, I can't tell you honestly that this tastes just like a slice of nice thick doughy pizza, but I can tell you it's a delicious substitute.  I felt like I was still able to enjoy the flavors of pizza without the extra calories from the bread. I chose to keep my pizza light and used chicken as a topping instead of pepperoni. You can use any toppings you desire.  Just a note though, this is a pizza that you'll be using a fork for!
Melissa's Cuisine: Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Cauliflower Pizza Crust

1 bag frozen cauliflower
2 eggs

1.  Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it is completely shredded.  You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your processor.

2.  Beat the eggs together.

3.  Add the eggs to the shredded cauliflower and stir until coated.

4.  Divide the mixture into 4 even amounts.

5.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and press the "dough" into a circle.  Be sure it is the same thickness everywhere.

6.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Allow the crusts to cool before removing them from the pan.

If you're eating the pizzas immediately, add the toppings after the crusts have cooked for 20 minutes and then bake another 5 minutes until the cheese melts.  You can make these crusts ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze them; then, when you're ready to make your pizza just place them on a pan, add the toppings and bake for about 10 minutes.

If you're doing the 21 Day Fix, this crust counts as 1 green and 1/4 red.

If you are on a weight loss journey, wanting to start one, or just want to get healthy and want to learn more about Beachbody (or having a free coach!), please leave me a comment!
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