Cauliflower Crust Pizza: Strong, Safe & Sexy Approved

By February 22, 2016Recipes, Uncategorized

You will want this pizza! This Cauliflower Crust Pizza is Strong, Safe & Sexy approved because it is gluten free and high in nutrients and flavor. Pizza night is back on the menu with this recipe.

I love to cook Italian cuisine because 1. i love the food and 2. because i feel connected to my Italian roots. But, traditional Italian cooking isn’t always so friendly to a fitness plan due to the amount of wheat flour used in the breads, pastas and pizzas. So, I made this special treat for Valentine’s Day dinner, but it is strong, safe & sexy enough for any night of the week. Serve with a side of gluten free pasta, a delicious salad and a smooth glass of wine. Or, just serve it as the entire meal. Your call! Here’s the recipe:

Cauliflower Crust Pizza: Strong, Safe & Sexy Approved

Ingredients:

Cauliflower rice 2 1/2 cups cauliflower, grated (about 1/2 a large head)
1 cup gluten free flour
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or sliced mozzarella
4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon oregano
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup tomato sauce, or more depending on your taste
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
Fresh basil leaves, optional

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have two cups of cauliflower crumbles. Or, if you can find a bag of riced cauliflower like the one I bought at Trader Joe’s pictured here, you can skip this step and just use the whole bag.
  3. Place in a large bowl and microwave for six to seven minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool.
  4. Try to squeeze some of the excess water from the cauliflower. You can do this using a cheesecloth, or just pouring out the excess water from the bowl.
  5. Mix in the egg, oregano, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. This is also where you will add the flour. However, you can make the pizza without the flour. I prefer it because without it, the mixture is very moist and takes longer to cook. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch circle on the prepared pizza pan. Tip: try to flatten out the middle so it is less thick than the edges. This will allow the middle to cook all the way through.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden.
  7. Top the pizza with the sauce, mozzarella, and red pepper flakes.
  8. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10-15 minutes. Top with basil before serving.Tip: You can use any toppings you want like: olives, onions, broccoli, peppers, eggplant, etc. Just be sure that your cauliflower crust is mostly cooked through before topping and re-baking. Cooking times be different for each oven.

If you are looking to try a gluten free diet, I have a Strong, Safe & Sexy Gluten Free 21 Day Meal Plan available for you. 3 weeks of meal planning, recipes and weekly shopping lists to guide you to a new way of eating that is delicious, anti-inflammatory and nutritious too!

Leave a comment below with any questions or comments if you try the recipe!

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