I am a Registered Dietitian and I eat pizza. In fact pizza is one of my favorite foods. Do I eat large amounts of pizza everyday? The answer is no. My philosophy is all foods can fit into a balanced diet when consumed in moderation and coupled with adequate physical activity.
During a post last year I discussed, Your Guide to Eating Healthier Pizza. One tip I did not offer in this post was using cauliflower rice for pizza crust. After seeing multiple recipes for Cauliflower Crust on Pinterest I finally decided to give the concept a shot. I found a recipe from the Lucky Penny, The Best Cauliflower Crust Pizza and wanted to test if the title really held some truth. The recipe passed the test!
DISCLAIMER: Although the Cauliflower Crust Pizza has a delicious and lower calorie outcome, the preparation is not easy. Specifically for first timers, allow yourself a bit of time and patience. If the instructions are not followed precisely you will not have a favorable outcome. A few steps to not avoid include properly squeezing the liquid content from the cauliflower (see recipe instructions) and cooking the the crust (before sauce is added) until browned.
Of additional note the process may add a slightly unpleasant odor to your kitchen. My kitchen certainly had an unpleasant smell for a bit, but quickly went away.
For today’s post I followed the recipe from the folks at The Lucky Penny. However instead of making one large pizza I divided the dough into sixths and made fun Valentines shaped mini pizzas. You could certainly get creative!
I promise you this will be a recipe you love!
Your family’s dietitian,
- 1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower (should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed), washed and chopped (remove stems)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup low fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 egg, beaten
- optional: 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 – 1 1/2 cup low fat (2%) mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/2 – 1 cup pizza sauce