In my house pizza is a weekly thing, but if you know anything about pizza you KNOW it’s not the healthiest and heavy in carbohydrates. An average slice of pizza from a medium size pizza is equivalent to ~45 grams carbs or similar to eating 3 slices bread.
Bread and gooey cheese, I mean you can’t go wrong with that combo. Except when you’re trying to stay healthy and control your blood sugar! Yes, pizza every now and then is great. It pairs carbs and proteins but also packs on a ton of calories if you don’t watch your portions.
Having said that, I was determined to find an alternative with the same great flavor, but without all the guilt! Out comes this recipe! It’s been around for a while. Honestly if you look through Pinterest you can find pages of recipes. I’ve mastered my own recipe and wanted to share with you what I know works and tastes the best.
– 1 pound (head) Cauliflower
– 1 whole egg
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tsp Italian seasoning
– 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (not shown)
– salt and pepper,to taste
– Optional: 1 tsp red pepper flakes (not shown)
Topping Ingredients: I used fresh mozzarella cheese, organic baby spinach, fresh basil and about 1 cup homemade tomato basil sauce.
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Put cookie sheet or pizza stone in oven while it preheats. Wash and peel stalk off cauliflower. Cut in chunks and put in food processor. NOTE: this is a job for a food processor, not a blender.
When blended, it will look like this (see below). Kind of like grits (that’s the Southern girl coming out in me). Put cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 3-4 minutes or until tender.
Next, you want to take the cauliflower and put it in a clean kitchen towel. Wring out all the excess water. Vegetables are full of water which is great for hydration, but for this recipe we need the cauliflower to be as dry as possible.
It will be a thick, dense ball of dough. Put in a bowl and add seasonings and 1 whole raw egg, scrambled. Lay mixture out on a sheet of parchment paper sprayed with non-stick spray. You must use parchment paper — Foil and/or wax paper do not work for this recipe. Spread out flat to desired thickness.
Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until you reach desired crispness. When the edges are brown that’s a good sign!
Put out of oven and top with ingredients, including lots of gooey cheese. Bake for another 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Mmmmm! It is surprisingly tasty!
Hope you enjoy this as much and we did. Let me know what you think or if you tried any flavor modifications. Sharing is caring — comment below.