Rachel and I are so excited to be apart of the Pintester Movement.
So as I said in the last post we are going to try to only do healthy recipes from now on to help aid me in my quest to become a healthier (and hopefully smaller) me!
This week we made Cauliflower Crust Pizza, since pizza is one thing I crave since starting my new diet.
I found this recipe a while ago on Pinterest and have been anxious to try it!
In the original post the blogger said to use Italian seasoning and Fennel seeds, we had neither so we didn't completely follow the recipe 100% >_< But here is what we used!
1 recipe of Cauli-Rice
( the recipe: cauli-rice)
1/3 c shredded mozzarella cheese
(we used half fat free and half regular)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
We doubled the recipe so my family could try it too.
This is how you make the Cauli-rice.
We start by braking the cauliflower (you use an entire head for one crust) down into manageable chunks.
Next we use my salad shooter, we just shredded up the cauliflower as much as we could.
(Recipe called for a food processor but I don't have one)
Next with our cauliflower in a large microwavable bowl we covered it with microwavable saran wrap.
Poked some holes in the top to let it vent as it steams and microwave for 7 minutes.
When it's done we were supposed to wait a few minutes for it to cool a bit, and put the cauli-rice on a cheese cloth, and squeeze the crap out of it! It needs to be super dry.
I did not wait for it to cool nor did I have a cheesecloth...
I burned my hands squeezing the liquid out using a thin kitchen towel.
There was a big size reduction.
Then we added our cheese, egg, salt n' pepper!
We used a metal spoon to mix it together.
Shaping the "dough" was a bit of a challenge.
We just took a ball of the cauliflower mixture and smashed it down til it was flat and then used my hands to form it into a round shape.
We used a silmat as she suggested (I love this thing! Nothing sticks to it!)
Place it into your preheated 450 degree oven for 15-20 mins (we did 20)
Since we doubled the recipe we were able to make 2 pizza crusts.
(We transferred this crust onto a regular pan so we could start the next crust thinking since it was cooked it wouldn't stick... We were wrong, don't do it!)
(Made this one into a rectangle, not for any particular reason... just wanted to.)
The first pizza we made into a buffalo chicken pizza.
Using precooked chicken breast, fat free ranch, cheese (1/2 fat free 1/2 regular) and buffalo sauce.
And thanks to my lovely friend, there was waaaay too much ranch on it because she doesn't really like spicy food and wanted it cooled down.
(Not the healthiest pizza but it's reduced fat and low carb!)
For the last step you place the pizza on the top rack on broil until the cheese is bubbly.
and here is the result!
Rectangle pizza we did a regular spinach pizza.
Our buffalo pizza was a little messy and Rachel was not able to finish her slice because it was too spicy for her. But I personally loved it (I have obsession with not only garlic but spicy things too!) The crust held up nicely and was chewy. It was a huge relief to have pizza in my tummy ^_^
Rachel's only complaint was that the crust was too think in some areas, she wanted a crispier crust, and she could taste the cauliflower.
The taste may have been because we didn't use the seasonings like in the original.
We loved it and would make it again any day of the week! The process to make it is very long, but worth it.
And for your enjoyment a little Thorin sleeping on the Husband's keyboard =^.^=