Cauliflower Pizza Perfected + New Toppings

I’m quite sure I’ve talked about how the worst part of cooking is the clean up. Nothing has changed on this front but because I made the mess I might as well get some mileage out of the disaster area of a kitchen – I made 4 pizza crusts for me (1 complete pizza with details below) and 2 mini pizza crusts for Abbey.

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The cauliflower pizza crusts is FINALLY perfected and my new topping of buffalo chicken has made this my new favorite pizza of all time.

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I got the recipe from Sandy’s Kitchen where she calls it Cauliflower Buffalo Chicken Pizza. It is almost a complete Lean and Green meal, you are shy one green which I decided to do as a side salad to my pizza. The bad news was that you are out of condiments at this point so the side salad was dry. Sandy suggests that you add 1/2 cup lettuce and 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes (1 green) to your pizza and you can even fold in half as a pita.

This time around I had Abbey try the crust and she loved it, I can’t wait to make her a pizza from the two little crusts I made for her.

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As a final FYI, I am freezing the left over crusts. I pack them in a freezer ziplock bag with the parch paper in between each crust. I don’t too them until I’m ready to bake. These crusts do freeze well and taste just as delicious once thawed and baked for a quick meal.

{Recipe} A New Way to Make Pizza

I was able to make a pizza, eat the ENTIRE thing and still feel great about myself and the food choices that I made. I made a pizza with cauliflower crust. Wait, don’t click out of my blog post just yet, it was tasty!

I used an entire head of cauliflower – this actually yielded two individual pizzas (yes that is a frog bib, do you expect anything else from me?). Don’t forget to pre-heat your oven at 450 degrees!ImageAfter washing, break all the cauliflower up into smaller pieces.

348Go ahead and fill a pot with water, and once boiling, dump your cauliflower pieces in for about 6-8 minutes. 
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Once your pieces have boiled long enough, drain (but keep hot) and pat moisture with paper towel. Add to food processor or mash with spoon so that you have a “mashed potato” consistency.

350Measure out 1 cup of the mashed cauliflower, add 1/4 cup egg beaters and 1/4 cup low fat cheese (I used mozzarella but heard that Three Cheese Blend has less moisture and will help with the crust not being as mushy).

351This entire bowl (above) creates ONE individual pizza crust. Once you have mixed your crust you’ll want to spray a crazy amount of Pam on a cookie baking sheet or parchment paper/wax paper would probably work okay too. Go ahead and pour mixture onto the baking sheet in a circular shape. I used my rubber spatula to shape and pat down so it wasn’t too thick. I’ve heard others use a springform pan but I think that just adds to the clean up which is the WORST part of cooking IMO.

352 Bake for at least 15 minutes, I would even recommend 20 to make sure the middle isn’t mushy. Again, one head of cauliflower will yield 2 individual pizza crusts.

353You’ll know your crust is close to done when the edges start to brown and look crispy. Again, I put mine in for 15 minutes and should have gone more like 20 minutes.

354Once your crust is done, wait a few minutes for it too cool then flip it over and add toppings. If you are following a Lean and Green meal, here is a sample ingredient list that is helpful for your plan:

Crust:
1 cup Grated Raw Cauliflower or 100 g (2 Greens)
1/4 cup Egg Beaters (1/8 Lean)
1/2 cup or 2 oz 2% Reduced Fat Three Cheese Mexican Blend (4/8 Lean)
1/8 tsp garlic powder – optional (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 tsp basil – optional (1/4 Condiment)
Toppings:
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp or 1.5 oz 2% reduced fat Mozzarella cheese (3/8 Lean)
1/2 cup Italian diced tomatoes or Rotel tomatoes, canned – less than 5 g of carbs per serving (1 Green)
Go ahead and put the pizza back into the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 or so minutes to let the cheese melt.
355And once the cheese is melted you’ll have a delicious individual pizza to enjoy!
356 1 Complete Lean and Green Meal, 3/4 Condiment (Not even 1 Condiment!), with no Healthy Fat required. I honestly almost couldn’t finish this pizza because it was so filling.