Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cauliflower Pizza

Once inside our digestive system our body treats sugar and white bread the same. My family has always liked pizza but the calories can get pretty hefty so I wanted to see if there was a way to make it without the dough .

I was excited to receive an email from my friend Merri with this idea. Cauliflower pizza where the crust is made out of cauliflower.

First of all we love caulirice! That is when you take a head of cauliflower and chop it up with a food processor or salad shooter to the consistency of rice and cook it in the microwave 8 minutes covered without water. It turns out to be a fluffy and delightful low calorie substitute for white rice.

This recipe uses caulirice as the base. We had a split vertict on this. 3 liked it, 2 did not and 1 was impartial. I was the impartial one. I added way to much cheese and that bothered me a little.

The recipe below is taken straight from recipe girl. I adapted, as you can see in my pictures, but left the original recipe intact.

cauliflower crust hawaiian pizza

Yield: One 9 to 12-inch pizza (feeds 2 to 3 people)
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 18 min


1/2 LARGE head cauliflower (or 2+ cups shredded cauliflower)
1 large egg
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese (or try another kind!)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic (or fresh garlic)
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 cup tomato-basil marinara sauce (or pizza sauce)
1/2 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
3 slices Canadian bacon, cut into strips
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits


1. Shred the cauliflower into small crumbles. You can use the food processor if you'd like, but you just want crumbles, not puree. You'll need a total of about 2 cups or so of cauliflower crumbles (which is about half a large head of cauliflower. Place the cauliflower crumbles in a large bowl and microwave them (dry) for 8 minutes (see Tips below if you do not have a microwave). Give the cauliflower a chance to cool.
2. Prepare the crust: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with nonstick spray (or use a nonstick surface). In a medium bowl, mix the cauliflower crumbles (about 1 1/2 cups since they shrink after cooking) with the remaining crust ingredients. Pat the "crust" into a 9 to 12-inch round on the prepared pan. Spray the crust lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 15 minutes (or until golden). Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to broil.
3. Prepare the pizza: Spread the sauce on top of the baked crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese on top. Add the bacon and pineapple, spreading it out around the pizza. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Broil the pizza 3 to 4 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Cut into 6 slices and serve immediately.


From Eat, Drink, Smile (tip from Beth): For those who don’ t have a microwave: You can steam the florets just until they are tender (not mushy) on the stove and then let them cool before grating them. The texture/consistency won’t be the same (It will be more like a puree) but it still works fine once you mix all the ingredients together.
*Other topping ideas:
Marinara or pizza sauce with your favorite toppings
Pesto with thin sliced tomato and fresh mozzarella
Alfredo with sausage, mushrooms, Provolone & Asiago cheese
Barbecue sauce with shredded chicken, green onions and smoked gouda
*This pizza is best served on a plate with a fork.

Nutritional Information per serving FOR THE WHOLE PIZZA- per slice:
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories per serving: 151
Fat per serving: 7.2g
Saturated Fat per serving: 4.1g
Sugar per serving: 3g
Fiber per serving: 2.2g
Protein per serving: 12.6g
Cholesterol per serving: 53mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 9.2g
WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 4 Old Points Program: 3
Nutritional info per serving for JUST THE CRUST- per slice (if you want to do your own toppings):
Serving Size: 1 slice (pizza cut into 6 slices)
Calories 84, Fat 4.3g, Sat Fat 2.6g, Cholesterol 40.8mg, Sodium 166mg, Carbohydrates 4.6g, Fiber 1.9g, Sugar 0g, Protein 7.1g
WW Points Plus: 2 Old Points Program: 2
Source: (inspired by and adapted from Eat, Drink Smile)


Merri said...

It looks really yummy! the only thing I don't like about the caulirice is the smell. :) Wes thought Emerson had a poopy diaper and I had to tell him he was just smelling his dinner.

Elizabeth said...

Have you made this yet? i made this recipe last night and my crust came out soggy in the middle. Did yours and if so, how did you fix it?

seesuerun said...

I did make it and it didn't turn out soggy. Make sure that you don't add any water at all when cooking the cauliflower in the microwave. It cooks ups nicely without it. My guess is that it would be that, too thick of toppings or a temperature glitch.Let me know what you find out!

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