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I was planning to share a quinoa, kale and tofu skillet recipe this morning, however plans changed after I had one bite of the pizza I made last night for dinner.

Healthy Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust

Don’t get me wrong, the kale and tofu dish is great (I’ll still post the recipe sometime this week). However, this pizza isn’t your average pie and judging from the response I got when I posted an Instragram photo on Facebook last night, the recipe needed to be shared right away. The thing that makes this pizza so unique is that the crust is made out of cauliflower – yes, the vegetable!

Healthy Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust

I honestly can’t remember when or where I first saw the idea for pizza made with a cauliflower crust (probably Pinterest), but I know that it has been done many times before. I used this blog post from DAMY Health as a guide and came up with a variation of the recipe. I was a little skeptical about using cauliflower to make a pizza crust, but trust me when I say that it’s pretty amazing. You can taste the cauliflower flavor (which I like) but it still tastes just like pizza – cheesy and delicious. The edges of the crust even get a little crunchy like regular pizza does.

So yes, pizza CAN BE healthy! If you cut this crust into 8 slices, each piece of crust (without toppings) has only 50 calories, 2 carbs and 5 grams of protein! There’s no need to feel guilty about eating a few slices, several times a week. :)

Healthy Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust

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Healthy Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust
 
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • ½ head cauliflower (about 2 cups riced)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Prep a cookie sheet or pizza stone by grease it with oil. You can grease the cookie sheet or use greased aluminum foil. It will stick if you don’t grease it properly!! (I used a Pampered Chef baking stone, and made sure to spray it before putting on the crust.
  3. Remove the stems and leaves from your cauliflower and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor (I used my Vitamix) and pulse just until the texture is similar to rice. If you don’t have a food processor or Vitamix, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop it.
  4. Sauté cauliflower “rice” in a non-stick skillet over medium heat and cook until translucent, approximately 6-8 minutes. (You can use the microwave for this as well. Just place cauliflower in an uncovered microwave-safe bowl and cook for 8 minutes.)
  5. In a bowl combine the cooked cauliflower with all remaining ingredients.
  6. Spread dough out evenly over foil (or stone) – about ¼ to ⅓ of an inch thick. The pizza should be about 9-10 inches in diameter.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden, crispy on the edges and cooked through the middle.
  8. Remove the crust from the oven.
  9. Top with pizza sauce and toppings. Be careful not to add too many heavy toppings as you don’t want to weigh down the crust.
  10. Broil the pizza for 5 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted. Allow the pizza to cool for 2-3 minutes then cut and serve immediately.

You can top the pizza with whatever you like, just make sure the toppings are already cooked since you’ll only be broiling the pizza for a few minutes. I spread on a layer of my basil lima bean hummus, my favorite homemade pizza sauce (recipe from Ashley of the Edible Perspective), roasted squash and zucchini, roasted eggplant and a sprinkle of the shredded mozzarella, about 2 Tablespoons. The crust already has cheese so you don’t need much on top. Also keep in mind that the cauliflower crust is less firm than most regular dough-based crusts so you don’t want to weigh it down with a ton of ingredients. Keep is simple.

Healthy Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust

I found that it’s easier to eat this pizza with a fork/knife. Once you get to only a few bites left, it’s fine to pick up with your hands, but it tends to collapse if you try to pick up the whole slice early on.

Overall I LOVED this pizza and will definitely be making it again sometime soon – perhaps I’ll even try a vegan version next time. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

I hope you have a wonderful start to your week! I’m pumped because we’re headed to Boston this weekend for a wedding and have all day Friday to hang out in the city. If you have any recommendations of things we should do and see while there – restaurants, breweries, history stuff, etc. I’d love for you to leave them in the comment section.

Last but not least, the office arm challenge exercises for week 6 are up so if you’re following along, definitely check those out.

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Challenging

by on April 12, 2010

Remember my March Madness Challenge? Well, let’s just say that it didn’t go so well… I had great intentions, but I didn’t make my goals a priority and I ended up falling off the wagon early on. I could make a ton of excuses as to why I didn’t follow through, but there’s no use crying over spilled milk, right?

So last night I was having post vacation blues. I ate everything and anything I wanted while in CA and enjoyed all the deliciousness to it’s fullest, but now back from La La Vacation mode, I’ve realized that I’ve been slacking on my healthy eating for quite a while now (not just vacation and the March Madness Challenge) and my clothes are getting tighter. It’s not a big deal but I wanted my 25th year to be my fittest yet and so far I’ve done nothing to make that happen. I tweeted about my post vacation feelings last night and Jacquie mentioned that she’d be up for getting back on track with me by doing a 10 day challenge. I also spoke to Isaac’s mom (an IIN Grad) because I knew she was doing a “cleanse” of sorts given to her from her acupuncturist. With a good support system (Isaac and the two lovely ladies mentioned previously) to hold me accountable, I decided that I’d start the challenge!

So what’s this challenge involve? Well, it’s definitely not a diet – those don’t work for me. I get stressed out being restricted and it becomes unproductive. This is more of a guide/plan that focuses on eating more whole grains, vegetables and fruit. Limited processed foods, white sugar, white flour. And no dairy or meat.

I’m also drinking a spicy lemonade of sorts recommended by Isaac’s mom’s acupuncturist for a spring cleanse. It helps with detoxification and also keeps hunger at bay.

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Although it may look like I had beer for breakfast, the mixture actually contains water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper.

I got my day started with a 20 minute yogadownload video (instant relaxation!!) and consumed the lemonade and some grapes throughout the morning. Around lunch time I was quite hungry and came home for a big salad.

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Post lunch I had another glass of lemonade, more grapes and banana.

And for dinner I roasted up some veggies using my standard roasting threesome – a little canola oil, sea salt, and ground pepper.

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Alongside the veggies I served up a burger topped with avocado, salsa, and a lettuce bun. (Can you tell that I’m still in California mode?)

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This dinner was awesome. And oh man…. the sweet potatoes were the sweetest sweet potatoes I’ve had in a long time. They tasted like I had put sugar on them. This proves my hypotheses that organic produce really does taste better.

To finish off a day of healthy eats I had a small treat- cinnamon puffins with almond milk.

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I know this isn’t exactly the epitome of healthy eating but I enjoyed my little mug and I didn’t go back for seconds. That’s an achievement in of itself considering cereal is an easy thing for me to overdo it with.

So that’s that. I’m committed to the challenge this time around and hope that it will help jump start my healthy eating. As always, I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on how this challenge progresses. And, if you have any tips please feel free to share. I’m all ears.

Also, I have a TON of stuff I’ve been meaning to talk about on this little blog of mine but haven’t got around to it yet. Hopefully over the next few weeks I’ll have more time to write the posts I’ve been itching to share. And who knows, perhaps there will even be a giveaway in the near future!!

Have a lovely night my friends!

- Brittany

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Roasty and Toasty

March 29, 2010
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I was on such a runner’s high all weekend I didn’t get a chance to post! No worries though, I’m back in action today! Saturday night my mom was a sweetie and took me and my niece out to dinner. Turns out there’s a Thai Restaurant in Culpeper now! Where was this when I was […]

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Groovin Wedding Crashers

April 26, 2009
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As I mentioned yesterday, Isaac and I crashed a wedding party last night. Well, technically we were invited by the groom’s nephew so we weren’t really crashing it, but it kind of felt like we were. It was an interesting party actually because the bride and groom are an older couple who had been together […]

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Happy LeftOvers Day!

November 28, 2008
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Am I right or am I right???? For Thanksgiving I went with Isaac to his aunt and uncle’s house! His aunt prepared the turkey and all the sides – and we brought desserts and some vegetarian options. I really enjoyed being with his family, but I did miss my fam and the traditional items that […]

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