Everyone love pizza, but if you have been successfully sticking to your New Year’s resolutions it probably isn’t on the menu. Lucky for you, we have a delicious healthy alternative to that pizza you are craving! This recipe uses cauliflower as a crust and yummy veggies and low fat meat as toppings! So get cooking!
CAULIFLOWER CRUST PIZZA
FOR THE CRUST Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pulse the florets from 1 medium sized cauliflower in a food processor to a fine snowy powder (you should have about 2 1/2 cups). Transfer the processed cauliflower to a microwave-safe bowl and cover. Microwave until soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a clean, dry kitchen towel and allow to cool.
When cool enough to handle, wrap the cauliflower in the towel and wring out as much moisture as possible, transferring to a second towel if necessary. In a large bowl, stir together the cauliflower, ¼ cup of Parmesan, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, ¼ tsp. of salt, 1 egg, and 1 cup of mozzarella until well combined. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and press into a 10-inch round. Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes.
FOR THE SAUCE Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a saucepan. Add 1 large minced garlic clove and saute just until fragrant (about 20 seconds). Add in 3 cups of tomato puree; 1 tsp. each of dried oregano, basil, fennel seed, and sugar; ½ tsp. of dried thyme and salt; and ¼ tsp. of red pepper flakes. Bring to a low bubble, and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar.
CONSTRUCT THE PIZZA Ladle the sauce on to the hot pizza crust leaving ¼ inch of crust on the end. Layer the pizza with a blend of mozzarella, parmesan, and cheddar cheese. Use as much or as little as you like! To keep your pizza healthier, use low fat cheese.
Top the pizza off with your favorite veggies and low fat meat! We love bell peppers, onions, spinach, and ground turkey (cooked) or turkey pepperoni! Bake the pizza until the cheese is bubbly, about 8 minutes. Cut into 8 slices and enjoy!!
SOURCES Crust Recipe: Food Network; Sauce Recipe: Oatmeal with a Fork