If you've been on the Internet at all in the last three years, you've seen the hype around the wonderful thing that is cauliflower crust pizza. Low-carb pizza without gluten and a huge serving of veggies? Too good to be true, right? Actually, it's not. (If you're already in love with the idea of swapping crust for cauliflower, you need to check out these other can't-believe-it's-cauliflower recipes that go from breakfast to desert.)
The secret is basically blending up cauliflower to make a pseudo-pizza dough, plus adding egg, spices, garlic, and cheese. Drooling yet? We thought so—this fake pizza is so delicious, your taste buds won't even know the difference. And the whole crust only adds up to about 500 calories, meaning if you split it into 5 pieces, each piece of pizza logs just 100 calories (without toppings). Keep your toppings low-cal and high in nutrients (try spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, lean meats, etc., or steal ideas from these healthy pizza recipes) and you can eat half the pie while sticking with your healthy eating plan. And there's no real need to add cheese—it's already in the crust! Plus, with about 12g of protein and 5g of fiber per slice, this crust can help keep you full for longer. (Which we bet you can't say about your favorite fast-food pizza joint.)
This isn't the only time we've been swapping veggies in for our fave carbs. (Avocado buns, anyone? Or zucchini noodles? How about sweet potato toast?) It's a great way to incorporate more whole foods into your diet, save some calories, and up your veggie intake—not to mention it's a godsend if you're going gluten-free. This recipe will teach you how to make cauliflower crust pizza, but if you stop post-food processing, you're right on your way to making cauliflower rice. (Yup, cauliflower rice is a thing too. Here are five tasty recipes using that magical food.)
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1 head cauliflower
1 teaspoon oregano and/or basil (fresh or dried)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Chop cauliflower into chunks, then pulse it in a food processor until it resembles grains of rice. (Don't purée it.)
3. Cook cauliflower grains on a nonstick skillet for about 8 minutes or until translucent.
4. In a small bowl, beat the egg. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked cauliflower grains, egg, oregano and/or basil, garlic, and mozzarella. Knead together until ingredients are evenly dispersed and it forms a dough-like texture.
5. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Form cauliflower mixture into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Pat the cauliflower mixture down into a crust shape until it's even and about one-quarter inch thick.
6. Put the crust in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown with crispy edges. Remove from oven, add toppings of choice. Then place back in oven on broil for 5 minutes or until toppings are golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!