You can still have your favorite pizza, even if you are avoiding carbs or gluten with, yes, cauliflower!
A member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese. And it’s easy to turn this healthy vegetable into a satisfying crust for your favorite pizza toppings!
- 1 head cauliflower, stalk removed
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup almond or tapioca flour (I prefer tapioca for texture)
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 400 F.
- Place the cauliflower in a food processor until it’s fine and almost powdery. (You may want to do this in different batches.)
- Steam the shredded cauliflower for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well, let cool, and strain any excess water using a dish towel. (Squeezing makes all the difference!)
- In a bowl, combine the cauliflower, eggs, oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, almond or tapioca flour, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything thoroughly.
- Transfer to a pizza pan or baking sheet and create desired shape.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes.
- Add desired toppings and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until toppings are cooked.
Tips and ideas:
- Trader Joe’s and many grocery stores sell pre-packaged cauliflower “rice” that you can use for this crust. (Some further shredding may be needed.)
- To steam when time is short, you can place cauliflower grains in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 5- 7 minutes on high.
- Add ½ cup mozzarella and ¼ cup parmesan for a change in texture and flavor.
Give this anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich, vegetable another chance to surprise your taste buds. This healthier crust has been known to trick even the pickiest eaters of the family into liking cauliflower!
Tiffany is a certified nutrition consultant and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner and can be reached at (760) 285.1221. For more information visit TiffanyDalton.net.