A co-worker of mine is currently on a special diet and has been experimenting with several low-carb dishes. One day a few weeks ago, she dropped by my office to tell me about a recipe she’d found – pizza crust made of cauliflower! Yes, it sounded a little strange, but I was definitely intrigued. She offered to bring a piece to the office the next day for me to sample and even day-old and reheated, it was really good! My husband is a pizza fanatic, so this new discovery was particularly exciting. With a hefty dose of veggies, I feel good about eating it myself and feeding it to him, which means he can get his pizza fix a lot more often now. I’m not going to lie and say it’s just like eating a flour pizza crust because it’s not. I’m interested to see what some of you think, so please, if you give it a go, come back and leave a comment! Ingredients: 1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1 egg, beaten 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp crushed garlic 1/2 tsp garlic salt Enjoy!
Cauliflower "Breadsticks"I thought these were interesting when i saw them on tumblr last week i had to make them i love cauliflower and i love breadsticks of course they are low calorie and you get your veggies in too. I found the recipe on a tumblr called Healthier Every Day. 4 servings (two slices per serving) 95 calories; 6 g carbs; 5 g protein; 4 g fat 1/2 head of cauliflower, grated 1 whole egg, plus one egg white, lightly beaten 1/4 cup 2% shredded mozzarella cheese Dried basil,oregano and parsley 1 teaspoon olive oil Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together (except oil) in a large bowl until evenly distributed. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use olive oil to grease the parchment paper. Spread and flatten the cauliflower mixture on the parchment paper evenly - about 1 inch thick. Bake for 40 minutes until slightly dried out, browning, and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and using a spatula carefully peel away from parchment paper.
Cauliflower Crust PizzaThis is the best invention ever: Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Yes, you heard that right… pizza crust made out of cauliflower. I saw it on Beth’s blog, and she got the idea from a friend who got the idea from a low-carb bulletin board. It’s apparently been an idea that has been floating around for a while, but I’ve just gotten wind of it and I’m sure glad I did. This stuff is (shockingly) good! I topped mine Hawaiian style. Just use a cheese grater to “grate” your cauliflower into very small pieces. Microwave those cauliflower crumbles for 8 minutes. Mix 1 1/2 cups of the cauliflower crumbles with egg, cheese and spices. Shape it into a 9 to 12-inch round. I went so simple and just used Classico Tomato- Basil marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, Canadian bacon and pineapple (our favorite). All that happens next is just a quick broil in the oven to melt the cheese and heat the toppings. That is all! I was able to make two pizzas from one large head of cauliflower. Prep Time: 25 min Ingredients: 1.
Original Cauliflower Crust PizzaPictured: The Cheese Stuffed Crust version. No way! Way! Recently, while my family was watching a rousing marathon of Jason and the Argonauts, I was looking through some old college recipe books some friends and I put together back in the day, and found a recipe that was for a gluten-free pizza crust which used rice instead of the old stand-by flour. My kids didn’t even know it was cauliflower. Can a pizza be more perfectly pleasing? You Won’t Believe it’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust 1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower* 1 egg 1 cup mozzarella cheese 1/2 tsp fennel 1 tsp oregano 2 tsp parsley **pizza or alfredo sauce toppings (make sure meats are cooked) mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheit. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes (15-20 minutes if you double the recipe). Remove the pan from the oven. Notes: *I use frozen cauliflower prepared according to package directions.
Cauliflower Tator TotsOnly two ingredients; three or four with spices. It doesn’t get much easier. While you know it’s cauliflower (you’re not going to fool anyone into thinking they’re potatoes), the Parmesan cheese adds a layer of flavor and helps brown the outside of the tots. Try using other vegetables to vary textures and flavors, including zucchini, radishes and turnips, for even greater variety and other crumb mixtures (pork rind crumbs, almond flour, coconut flour) for other browning, flavors and textures (more experiments will be following). Cauli Tots (Baked) 1 12 ounce bag frozen cauliflower 1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese salt, pepper, onion powder (to taste) Cook cauliflower, covered, in microwave for 6 minutes. Process well in a food processor, (or rice using other means). Place tots on a greased cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes prior to baking to help tots hold their shape. Below, you can see the uniform shape of the tots. To bake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower Recipenutritional information Serves 8 Get all the creamy, cheesy goodness of mac and cheese—without the high starch content of macaroni. To make your own breadcrumbs, tear firm, fresh bread into pieces and whirl in a food processor or blender until crumbs form. 1 large head cauliflower (1 ½ lb.), cut into medium florets (8 cups) 2 Tbs. butter or margarine 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour 2 cups low-fat milk 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.) 2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese ½ cup nutritional yeast 1 pinch cayenne pepper 2 egg yolks 1 ½ cups fresh breadcrumbs 1. 2. 3. January/February 2012 p.46Basil Cauliflower PizzaMy favorite part of pizza is the cheese. Yes, of course I love the dough. But if I had to choose my FAVORITE part, absolute favorite, it’s the cheese that gets slightly browned and bubbly. Yep, that’s the best part of the pizza to me. This pizza tastes like the brown bubbly cheese on pizza. I say that because I was slightly skeptical about trying a cauliflower crust pizza. In the end, this is delicious! Like I said, it tastes like the browned cheese on a pizza, smells like pizza, but no, it’s doesn’t taste 100% like pizza. The key is to bake the crust separately before you add the toppings. Why make a pizza without the dough? 1. 2. Try this, but don’t expect a REAL pizza, expect a healthy version of it. Cauliflower Crust Makes 4 individual pizzas 2 eggs 2 cups mozzarella cheese 2 cups riced cauliflower (grate the raw cauliflower on a cheese grater or in a food processor) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup fresh julienned basil Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Add marinara sauce to each pizza.
Cauliflower Crust PizzaHeat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have 2 cups of cauliflower crumbles. Place in a large bowl and microwave for 7-8 minutes, or until soften. Top the pizza with the sauce, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
Cauliflower Crust Garlic “Breadsticks”Please note that there is no bread in these “breadsticks”! They just taste like bread. :) I made this recipe a couple weeks ago and it was so good that just looking at the pictures now is making me giddy about it all over again. And I’m not really the giddy type, lol (unless I’m antique shopping for blog props…really!). Let me back up a sec… Lately I’ve been seeing cauliflower crust pizza recipes pop up all over the place. The other day when a friend called asking if I’d tried cauliflower crust pizza and I said no, she insisted I do in no uncertain terms…she even threatened to not make her veggie-stuffed-and-smothered chicken breasts for me again until I try it. I agreed to make cauliflower crust, but as breadsticks instead of pizza. So I made the breadsticks. I took my first bite and had to stop and really enjoy what I was eating. Mike ate his fair share too, admitting that it actually did taste like bread. Cauliflower Crust Hawaiian Pizza by Recipe Girl Serves 2 to 4 1 teaspoon olive oil