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Crazy for Cauliflower

Has your news feed been busting up with the various ways you can use cauliflower to replace bread? You may think it’s a ridiculous idea that can’t possibly work….but you’d be wrong. I made cauliflower pizza crust a couple of years ago, and I too was  a non-believer about it’s ability to satisfy my craving for “the real deal” of pizza crust. But, to my wildest expectations, it was actually really good!

Now I’ve come back to the recipe and put in a little extra effort to make it taste even better! No, it’s not bread, and it never will be, so put your usual taste for pizza aside and accept this as a great way to get extra vegetables into your diet. The most difficult part is getting the water out of the cauliflower, (you’ll be surprised by how much water it holds after being heated), but practice patience and it will pay off in the long run!

Loaded with vitamins C and K, along with dietary Fiber and niacin, this is a vegetable we can all use more of! And if an abundance of vitamins and minerals isn’t enough to make you want to eat more of it, there are only 5 grams of carbs per 100 gram serving…so eat up!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Serves 2

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Ingredients:

1 Large Head Cauliflower

1/4 Cup Shredded Cheese

1 Large Egg

Spices of Choice

(I used 1/2 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, and taco seasoning)

Pizza toppings of choice

(I went with bell peppers, cheese, sauce, bacon, and chicken)

Method:

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(#1) Place florets in food processor

(#2) Pulse until it resembles “snow.” You should end up with approximately 2-3 cups worth.

(#3) Place cauliflower snow in a microwave safe dish, cover, and heat for 4 minutes. Pour heated snow onto a dish cloth and let cool slightly. Once cooled, ring out as much water as you can (I used two dish cloths to accomplish this).

IMG_8858(#4) Dump drained cauliflower into a mixing bowl and add your egg, cheese, and desired spices.

(#5) Mix until well blended, it will be easily moldable at this point.

(#6 & #7) Line a baking sheet with parchment and form a pizza base. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden.

(#8) Remove from the oven and top with your favorite pizza add ons! Place back into the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes, broiling a few minutes to melt the cheese.

(#9) Let the pizza cool and carefully remove from the parchment paper (this might be tricky, just go with it). Now it’s time to eat!

Pat yourself on the back for attempting this and I hope you enjoy the taste!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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