I love a good pizza! The truth is I can’t remember the last time I had any. My second daughter was born, and I committed to getting my weight off. My weight loss journey is very flexible, and I really haven’t given up many foods. I just eat the things that aren’t best for my body in moderation and less often. The reason I have tried to steer clear of pizza is because it tends to take over my off switch.
Pizza is one of those foods I just lose control with. If I limit myself to a few pieces, I feel completely deprived. So, that is why it has been so long since I have had some.
When I was cruising around for recipes online, I found a healthier version of pizza. It really wasn’t much different than the pizza I go crazy for, except the crust is made primarily of cauliflower! I couldn’t imagine how this cauliflower crust pizza recipe would taste or turn out, but I had to try it. The picture with the recipe had my mouth watering.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe
You basically make the crust and then use the same toppings you would use on a regular pizza. We tried this a few nights ago, and we went with the Hawaiian pizza. Our toppings included sauce, mozzarella, pineapple, and pieces of ham.
- ½ LARGE head cauliflower (or 2+ cups shredded cauliflower)
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried minced garlic (or fresh garlic)
- ½ teaspoon onion salt (I used powder for low sodium)
- ½ cup pizza sauce)
- ½ cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
- Canadian bacon or ham
- ½ cup pineapple tidbits
- Shred the cauliflower into small crumbles.
- Place the cauliflower crumbles in a large bowl and microwave them (dry) for 8 minutes.
- Give the cauliflower a chance to cool.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with nonstick spray (or use a nonstick surface). In a medium bowl, mix the cauliflower crumbles with the remaining crust ingredients.
- Pat the "crust" into a 9 to 12-inch round on the prepared pan.
- Spray the crust lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 15 minutes (or until golden).
- Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to broil.
- Spread the sauce on top of the baked crust, leaving a ½-inch border around the edge.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup cheese on top.
- Add the bacon and pineapple, spreading it out around the pizza.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
- Broil the pizza 3 to 4 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Cut into 6 slices and serve immediately.
We sat down to dinner to try this new creation out. It was just my husband and I since the boys were at their mom’s house and Tessa was already in bed. It looked just like a regular piece of pizza. Since the recipe made a small cauliflower crust pizza, I thought I would have to add more food for my husband.
I am not sure if we didn’t cook the crust long enough, but it wasn’t exactly strong enough to hold it like you would a piece of pizza. We could hold it flat on our hand, but it needed extra support. So we just got out some forks and ate it that way. Honestly, I like eating my pizza with a fork anyways!
Tasting The Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe
It was absolutely delicious! The cauliflower crust had great flavor with all the spices. We could taste a hint of the cauliflower, but nothing overbearing. If this was the only kind of pizza I could eat for the rest of my life, I’d be content. I thought I would really miss the crust, since that is my favorite part, but I honestly didn’t. I wanted to keep eating it, but it was the perfect size for 2 or 3 people. Yay, no left overs sitting in my fridge that I would go back to snack on in a few hours just because I know it’s in my fridge.
It was plenty for the two of us, and I didn’t make anything else for my husband. I had ¼ of the pizza with a side salad and ranch dressing. I was full and satisfied. My husband had 3/4, but at 151 calories a slice, that isn’t bad at all for pizza. It was only 9 carbs as well, which is a vast improvement from a regular slice of pizza. We will definitely be making this again. I even think my kids will like it!
We will definitely be trying this out again with some different toppings! I have heard bad stories of cauliflower crust pizza, so I was relieved. This recipe must be a good one, so I wanted to share it with all of you!
Have you ever tried this? What did you think? What toppings would you use?
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