This post was written by Erin Palinski-Wade
Did you know that October is National Pizza Month? I just found out too! Considering my husband would live on pizza daily, I figured I’d use this month as a great opportunity to try out some new, but healthy, pizza recipes. I had seen cauliflower pizza recipes online and have been wanting to try them out. But to be honest, a lot of them seemed super complicated and time consuming. And, as I am sure you know, I just don’t have time for that – and I know you don’t either. So I did some experimenting and discovered (with the help of trial and error of various recipes I have found) to make a cauliflower pizza that was easy, but still tasted great. And guess what? I think I did it!
I just got back from the Food & Nutrition Conference in Nashville. While I was gone, apparently all Joey had wanted to eat was pizza (or ‘pee-pa’ as he likes to call it). I think this is mostly because ‘daddy’ secretly wanted to eat pizza all weekend haha, but that’s OK. I figure, if they both want to eat pizza all the time, I want to figure out a way they can do so, but do so in a healthier way. So that’s when I decided this would be my week to create a cauliflower pizza that they will actually eat.
One of the biggest issues I find when it’s ‘pizza night’ is typically the lack of vegetables. So making a pizza out of vegetables certainly solves that. I will tell you, this recipe very similar to a crispy, flatbread pizza. I wasn’t able to replicate a softer crust, but I’ll keep working on it. However, I measure success by it’s appeal to my family. Last night, Joey gobbled this up with no hesitation, which to me indicates it tastes pretty similar to the real thing. My husband is away on his own business trip now, so the verdict is still out on his impression. But, I did send him a picture of the pizza and he told me it looked great (I didn’t tell him the secret ingredient yet though!), so I’m hoping I get a thumbs up from him on this as well.
So give it a try and let me know what you think:
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Minced garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Pulse cauliflower in a food processor until it looks like small grains of rice. Microwave in a large bowl for about five minutes to steam. Allow to cool and add in seasonings, eggs, and one half cheese.
- Divide mixture into two servings and spread out evenly onto lightly greased baking sheets (or parchment paper).
- Bake at 450 F for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and firm.
- Top with remaining cheese (add sauce if desired) and bake for 3-5 minutes until sauce melts. Serve warm and enjoy!
MAKES 16 SERVINGS
NUTRITION FACTS (per serving)
Calories: 68 Carbs: 2gm Fiber 1gm Protein 6gm Fat 4gm
After you try it, come back and tell me if you are a cauliflower pizza convert now too!