So, today I decided to try out a much talked about and extremely “low-carb” pizza crust option. The “catch” to the crust? It’s made up of primarily, grated cauliflower.
Yes, cauliflower. Okay, get it out of your system.. you think that sounds terrible? You’d be wrong this time! (I know, there’s a first time for everything…)
Anyway, I always talk about trying new recipes and seldom share the journey or the results with you. Today, since I had a wonderful “rest” day from my workout schedule and busy life; I thought it’d be a great day to create a healthy alternative for the family and let you know how it all went!
Here are the nutritional information for one slice of this new blend:
151 calories per slice
7.2 fat grams per slice (for the mozzarella cheese)
2.2 grams of fiber per slice (not too shabby!)
12.6 grams of protein
9.2 grams of carbs per slice…
Wait a minute; do you even know how many grams of carbs in a “regular” slice of pizza? Well, honestly, neither did I. I googled the info and for just a regular slice of fast-food style pizza; you are ingesting about 34 grams of carbs PER SLICE!!!! WHAT? So, here goes my very first recipe-share with you =)
I started by grating (but heck, I’m too lazy to actually “hand grate” this whole head of cauliflower so I used my mini cuisinart. If you don’t own one, I suggest making your life easier and buying one. Under $200) a whole head of cauliflower. This is what it looked like:
I then put the dry ingredients into the microwave for 8 minutes. It smelled nice and “fresh” while the timer ran! (my son asked if I was cooking broccoli; just saying)
Next, I took it out and added 2 whole eggs (since this was a doubled recipe. A single pizza crust requires just 1/2 head of cauliflower), 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated, ground oregano, crushed garlic and onion salt. Here are those added in:
I know; you are super impressed with my cooking skills, already! Well, just wait!! I mixed these together and put into one large, rectangular baking pan; which had been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. (I opted out of the 2 circular pizzas; you could choose what you prefer):
Those are my hand prints to prove I did the work!! (obviously, you should always wash your hands prior to cooking; which I did!)
Then, the pan went into a preheated, 450 degree oven. I baked it for 15 minutes and it smelled sooo amazing in the kitchen! The garlic and spices seem to mix with the cheesy goodness and even my skeptical 9 year old son was impressed and quickly at ease about trying out this “strange”; yet intriguing new recipe!
Once out of the oven, you can top with your pizza sauce and other yummy toppings. I decided on the crushed pineapple suggestion from the recipe; but only added it to 1/3 of the actual “crust”. The remainder was topped with plain, old mozzarella cheese…just like my family enjoys! =)
It went back into the oven; now at broil, for about 5 minutes. The cheese was melted and slightly browned and the family gathered up to sample our lunch!
The funny thing was, I didn’t even have time to click a picture of the entire baked pizza but at least saved some slices to share the finished product with you!
The pineapple section had already been devoured!! The general consensus, was that it was a HIT! The only difference my family noticed was that they were better off eating it with a fork, instead of picking it up. Either way, I felt happy to refill their empty plates again and even took a small sample for myself…
I’ll do my fasted cardio again this week! Sheesh…