So yes, Valentine’s Day is upon us…. And though I believe it’s an awesome way to remind anyone (dogs and cats included) that you love them, let’s face it, it can also be down right depressing. So what makes me happy when I’m sad? You guessed it, PIZZA! Because we’re still 90 Day Challenge-ing, I wanted to try a healthier way of making my favorite meal that was easy but still tasty.
I’ve been hearing about this cauliflower pizza business for a while now, but to be honest, I just couldn’t get my head around it. I had the whole – Why mess with a good thing? Isn’t anything sacred? – line of thinking. But we’re making an effort to try new things over here and what better time to learn how to make a ‘healthy-ish’ pizza than Valentine’s Day?
This pizza can theoretically serve two, but who’s kidding who, we all want more pizza than we first venture to admit. So share it or don’t but eat it with a smile knowing you’re eating something you love minus most of the guilt…. (I couldn’t take it over the top and not use cheese. Cheese is so necessary for this, though you can cut back on the amount if you’re being extra careful)
2 1/2 cups of grated cauliflower (half a large head)
1 large egg beaten
1 1/4 cups of partly skim shredded mozzarella
2 tbsp of parmesan
1 tsp of dried oregano
dash of garlic powder, salt and pepper
tomato sauce (amount is up to you and your tastes)
handful of cherry tomatoes
a couple spoonfuls fresh buratta (optional for the cheese lover)
chili flakes (optional for those who like it hot)
fresh basil leaves (optional)
– preheat oven to 425
– line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with non stick (they even have coconut oil spray now? who knew)
– grate or grind up cauliflower in a food processor until fine
– heat cauliflower in microwave for 7 mins or if you’re not into the zapping machine, steam until cooked through (around 15 mins)
– cool cauliflower (I put it in the fridge to speed up the process)
– once cooled mix cauliflower, 1 cup of mozzarella, the parmesan, oregano, egg, garlic, salt and pepper in a big bowl
– place mixture on prepared pan and spread out using your hands (I was annoying and made mine into a shape of a heart)
– bake for around 10 mins or until the crust is golden and crispy around the edges
– take out of the oven and top with toppings
– place it back in the oven and cook for another 5-10 mins
– remove from oven, pour yourself a nice glass of wine and enjoy!
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