Cauliflower Pizza!

Many people love pizza but, unfortunately, pizza does not always love us back. There is a time and a place for indulging in your favorite slice but if you want something healthy to replace family pizza night, look no further!

There are two ways to make this pizza using either fresh or frozen cauliflower.  Since the frozen method is a bit easier, I decided to go this route for family pizza night.

Start by thawing the frozen cauliflower in the refrigerator overnight. 

Once thawed, place the cauliflower in a food processor and  create a rice-like texture.

Empty the "rice" onto a clean towel and then squeeze all the water from the towel. Be thorough with this this step as it's critical that as much water is removed as possible. 

In a bowl, combine the cauliflower rice with the egg, cheese and spices. 

Once mixed, spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Bake for approximately 35 minutes until the dough is crisp and slightly browned. 

While the dough was baking I chopped some of my favorite pizza toppings. My son likes pepperoni but I like a ton of vegetables. 

Spread them over the pizza and bake for another 10 minutes. My family was getting excited... the house filled with the delicious smell of home cooked pizza!

The finished masterpiece tasted as good as it looked and the cold leftovers were amazing!

If you can't tolerate dairy, I also have a dairy-free recipe. Please contact me if you would like a copy.

Recipe details:

1.5-2 lbs. fresh or frozen cauliflower
1 pasture egg
1/3 cup soft chevre or goat cheese
1 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Fresh cauliflower instructions:
Process cauliflower in a food processor until it reaches a rice-like texture.
Boil water and add the cauliflower, cover and cook for about 4-5 minutes.

Frozen cauliflower instructions:
Thaw completely (can place in refrigerator overnight).
Process in food process to create rice-like texture.

Put the rice into a clean cloth and drain all the water.
In a bowl, mix the rice, eggs, cheese, and spices. Make sure it’s thoroughly mixed.
Press the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Thickness should be 1/3 to ½ inch thick.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the crust becomes lightly browned.

Add your favorite toppings: tomatoes, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes… the possibilities are endless!

Return to the oven at 400 degrees and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Adapted from Detoxinista

Makes 1 large pizza (2-4 servings)