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Monday, February 1, 2016

Cauliflower Pizza Crust?

Let's face it, it is expensive to eat healthy.
A few years ago pasta was our main source of food,
 yeh, good old college cuisine - Top Ramen.
But when it starts to affect your health,
something has to be done.
The kids and my lab work came back very poor.
Low protein, Vit. D, Vit. C, Iron.
Prescriptions were handed out for mega doses of supplements.
I didn't even know there were prescriptions for supplements!
Here we are close to a year later,
with improved labs - that still need more improving.
Still having health issues,

BUT 
we're all trying to get healthier.

I squeeze pennies until they squeal
and am as frugal as they come.
Make what I can, catch sales,
buy "reduced to sell meat", grow veggies,
whatever it takes to try to keep my kids healthy.
Of course, we still like fast food, buy it rarely anymore.
When I saw this recipe for Pizza on Pinterest I had to try it.
It seems Cauliflower can be used for just about
anything these days, but pizza dough? Come on ~
Here we go, photos included
 (yes be amazed! I remembered)
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
Recipe by DearCrissy

Ingredients:

1 cup riced, then cooked cauliflower
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp italian seasonings
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp salt
pizza sauce and toppings of your choice

Directions:

1. To rice the cauliflower, cut florets into chunks and pulse in a food processor until you see rice like bits. You could also use a cheese grater to produce the tiny pieces. Don't over process, you don't want mush.
 
2. Microwave the riced cauliflower in a bowl for 5-8 minutes, depending on your microwave. No need to add water. After microwaving, transfer riced cauliflower to a fine mesh strainer and drain completely, gently pressing out excess water. 

Once drained, transfer riced cauliflower to a clean dish towel, wrap the sides around the cauliflower while gently pressing out excess water. This drying process is important!
  
 
3. One large head of cauliflower will yield about 3 cups of riced cauliflower. Use it to make more pizzas immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup riced, cooked cauliflower, 1 egg and your parmesan cheese. Next, add Italian seasonings, crushed garlic and salt.
Making sure everything is well mixed, place your "dough" on the cookie sheet and pat out a 9" round. Be sure not to press it too thin as it's easy to create holes.
5. Bake your dough at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
6. Remove from oven. Add sauce, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pre-cooked toppings to your pizza. Place pizza under broiler just until cheese is melted, be sure to keep an eye on it!
Cheese pizza is the agreed pizza around here and this one tasted pretty darn good. The crust looked and felt like crust. Consensus was next time don't add as much parmesan, it was too strong for some. Maybe knock it back to 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup. 
Other than that, it was gone in minutes!
Side note: I must have had a small head of cauliflower (looked average to me) I only got 1 cup not 3 cups out of mine.
But it was enough to try the recipe and know it was a keeper.
A great way to lower calories and get veggies down those who don't care for them.
Win, win!


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