OK we all love a pizza on a Friday or Saturday night. But sometimes the guilt trip is just to much! And doing extra exercise the following day isn't an option because you would literally need to workout the WHOLE following day to work off those calories! So is there a healthy pizza option??? Yep!
The unhealthiest part of a pizza is the stodgy heavy base. So lets illuminate that and replace it with a cauliflower base. Cauliflower bases seems to be the in thing right now. In fact not just for a replacement pizza base but also as a replacement for rice. Sounds strange right. Yeah I thought that, but really it's pretty good! You can find so many recipes with cauliflower now splashed across social media. But the best bit is it cuts your calorie in take down by over HALF! Worth a try right???
So here is a simple recipe to get you started.
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 35 mins
1/2 head cauliflower (about 2 cups riced)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
Prep a pizza stone by with oil.
Remove the stems and leaves from your cauliflower and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor and pulse just until the texture is similar to rice. If you don't have a food processor, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop it.
Sauté cauliflower "rice" in a non-stick pan over medium heat and cook until translucent, approximately 6-8 minutes. (You can use the microwave for this as well. Just place cauliflower in an uncovered microwave-safe bowl and cook for 8 minutes.)
In a bowl combine the cooked cauliflower with all remaining ingredients.
Spread the mixture 'dough' out evenly over foil (or stone) - about ¼ to ⅓ of an inch thick. The pizza should be about 9-10 inches in diameter.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden, crispy on the edges and cooked through the middle.
Remove the crust from the oven.
Top with pizza a tomatoes sauce (homemade or shop bought) and toppings of your choice. Be careful not to add too many heavy toppings as you don't want to weigh down the crust as the crust is very light.
Grill the pizza for 5 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese (if you have cheese as a topping) is melted. Allow the pizza to cool for 2-3 minutes then cut and serve immediately.
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