Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cauliflower Pizza

Here is a recipe that you will LOVE, regardless of what kind of eating plan you are on! This is a pizza made with a cauliflower crust, and it is fantastic! It is healthy and full of veggies and protein. It is low carb AND it fits the standards for a Medifast Lean & Green dinner. Winner all around! The original recipe is here; I tweaked it a little.

Cauliflower Pizza

Steam some fresh or frozen cauliflower first, just until tender but not mushy. Drain and let it cool completely. Then use a ricer or a cheese grater to grate the cauliflower to make 1 measuring cup full (not packed).

Mix 1 c grated cauliflower with 1/4c Eggbeaters, 1/2 tsp oregano and 1/2c shredded low moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese. (You can use reduced fat; I used Tillamook pre-shredded). Spread this mixture on a cookie sheet that has been *generously* sprayed with Pam. (Even better, use parchment paper. The crust *will not stick* if you bake it on parchment!) Use a spatula and spread/pat it into a circle about 10" or so around. Put this into a preheated 440 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, until it is very nicely browned. The edges should look almost burnt.

Take the crust out of the oven (if you used parchment, slide it off and remove the paper at this point) and top with 3T of your favorite no-sugar-added pizza sauce. Then sprinkle with 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella. You can now add your favorite pizza toppings. If you want a Lean & Green meal you should add 1/4 c veggies... I used diced canned tomatoes. Otherwise, add whatever you like: turkey pepperoni, black olives, peppers, mushrooms, etc.

Put back into the oven under the broiler, watching carefully, just until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and cut into wedges. Enjoy!

Doesn't it look fantastic?? It tastes as good as it looks!

And yes, you can pick up the pieces and eat them with your hands if you baked it long enough. I did! Or you can eat it with a fork. Either way, this is delicious. It totally satisfies my desire for pizza. Next time, I am adding turkey pepperoni and mushrooms!

*Edited to add: this entire pizza has only 405 calories. If you used reduced fat cheese it would be even less!

56 comments:

Cathy said...

Mmmm that looks really good! Thank you for sharing this with us all!

amy said...

I make this all the time and LOVE it! Even my SO loves it and he can't stand cauliflower. Unless you tell someone it is made with cauliflower you just wouldn't know. I usually top mine with fresh tomatoes and mushrooms. Sometime I also add Morningstar farm sausage crumblers and reduce the amount of cheese.

I have this at least once a week!

AGirlWorthLosing said...

I never ever would have thought of this! I have to try it. I really love pizza.

spunkysuzi said...

I'm going to have to try this! Thanks Lyn

Leslie said...

I'm making that next week. It looks fantastic! Thanks!

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

WOW!!! I am totally going to try this and see if the kids bite, this would be fantastic!

Keri said...

omg what a great idea!!! I'm trying this one for sure, thanks for the recipe!! xo

Shelley said...

Yum, this looks so good!!!

Knitty said...

Wow, I am so excited to make this! I've been craving pizza like crazy lately but it's one of my huge trigger foods. Thank you!

isladeangela said...

That looks really interesting! I love the idea of cauliflower as a crust - gonna try this one! TFS ~ Angie

antgirl said...

That sounds wonderful. I'm going to have to try.

Shae said...

I have been looking for a good alternative to traditional pizza. This looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

Rebekah said...

YUM! I really want to make this now mmm! Well not right now, but like in the future!

Hallie said...

That is so wild to me I have to try it.

Seth said...

we just had pizza tonight from another blogger's post. I'm going to make sure and remember this one. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

hey lyn,

just wondering if you've heard of paleothic or primal blueprint eating, where you eat a lot of fat, veggies, fruits, meats and no breads or things high in carbs? a lot of info at marksdailyapple.com. i think you might be interested. i think this is a great way to eat myself.

screwdestiny said...

That looks GREAT! Thanks for sharing!

Beth in NC said...

That looks so good!

I just came over from Joanna (Southern Girls Nest) to meet you.

I have struggled with my weight most of my married life. You can see my weight loss photos on my blog in my navigation bar if you're interested. Anyway, I just posted about a book I just discovered and for me -- had an "ah-ha" moment. http://bethinnc.blogspot.com/2010/03/key-to-weight-loss.html

God bless you on this journey.

Love,
Beth

She woke up FAT said...

Thanks for sharing this. I can not wait to try it.

Deniz said...

That looks heavenly - I MUST try it, and soon :-)

Jessica said...

Wow, that is amazing. I'm considering making it tonight.

Twix said...

Love califlower!!! Thanks for sharing!

Enz said...

I definitely want to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Confused: what exactly are the lean and green meal plans of Medifast? Is crust allowed, such as in this pizza? I've been trying to do a prediabetes plan, and in their mind lean and green is just chicken, fish and veggies? They want you to cut out breads pretty much entirely which is so hard.

PaulaM

Lyn said...

PaulaM~

There is not bread, grain, or flour in this pizza (check the ingredients). The crust is made of just cheese, eggbeaters, and cauliflower. The cheese is allowed as a protein source on Medifast (4oz of cheese with 6g/fat per oz or less).

You can read more about the lean & green here on my first post explaining Medifast, but basically we get 5-7 oz protein (or an alternate protein source like low fat cheese, tofu, etc) and 3 servings of vegetables.

http://escapefromobesity.blogspot.com/2010/02/what-is-medifast.html

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ShredFail said...

That actually looks pretty yummy.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

Yes, I have heard and read about the paleolithic diet. I read a good article over at Refuse to Regain some time back and left a comment there with my thoughts.

Weight Watcher Wannabe said...

Oh my word... How I remember that pizza when I was a low carb queen.. It's pretty darn good, your's look fantastic. My slices always turnned to mushy blobs...

Eliza said...

Just wondering how many slices of that pizza counts as the lean and green? If you haven't tried the cauliflower "fried rice", you might like it. Even my brother the chef thought it was pretty good.

Lyn said...

Eliza~

the entire pizza is a Lean & Green.

theantijared said...

WOW! You really do heart me :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lyn, that's what I get for "skimming" the post; that's really good and I'm copying the recipe for sure

PaulaM

SouvenirDarling said...

This looks DELICIOUS!!! I will make some more tomorrow, and probably share the recipe!

Jennifer said...

Wow... I made this yesterday as soon as I saw the picture of your pizza. I am shocked and so very excited at just how good this was. Even my non dieting company LOVED this over the weekend. I am a pizza nut and I think I like this just as much as the "real stuff"! I am going to give you props on my blog right now! Thanks again. My cousin Trish and I have a shared blog. I saw you commented on her post and just wanted to say thanks for your motivation, and welcome!!!! Your comments are appreciated.

WaistingTime said...

I have to try this! It looks great:) I make spaghetti squash deep dish pie a lot. Yum

Laura said...

I made this and it was really delicious! The only thing I noticed is that you have to make the crust pretty thin to get it to be solid. I made it too thick, and it cooked and cooked and never completely solidified, LOL, so I slid it onto a plate and we ate it like that. It's texture was alot like cream of wheat when it's hot.

The funny part was when my husband took his first bite and asked where the cauliflower was...

Kristi (Kiki) Brennan said...

Made this in my toaster oven -- it was wonderful and large enough to split in two. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe tonight. It was delicious and a big hit with my family!!!!! Highly recommend:)

Claudia said...

I tried this today for lunch....

I was surprised at how good it was (as was my boyfriend, who looked at me like I was nuts when he saw me mixing it up, lol), how easy it was to make, AND how filling it was!

I will definitely be making this again, although will probably leave it in the over for an extra 5min or so just to get the crust extra crispy.

courtneywoah@gmail.com said...

I am making this right now! My wife is on a no carb diet and I am always trying to come up with new lunch/dinner ideas. Great blog and great recipes! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have made this and it was super nummy!! Thank you for posting the recipe!!

Pretty Pauline said...

AWESOME! I can't wait to try it!

svisionguy said...

Referenced this post in a blog of mine!!


http://medifast-mike.blogspot.com/2011/03/experimental-foods.html

momoftwins said...

cheese is not allowed in the weight loss phase!!!

Lyn said...

momoftwins~

you are mistaken. Please refer to the Meatless Options List on the official Medifast site, under "Product and Plan Resources: Nutritional Information." Reduced fat cheese is listed.

Jen said...

I made this last night and it was delish!! My entire family loved it as well!

Jocelyn Mahoney said...

I made this tonight and I want to know if I can eat this every night? It was A-mazing! I have a hard time believing 1 cup of mozz is allowed? It seems like too much? It's 8 ounces right? And only 6 ounces is allowed in the leaner section. Then I added YVC pepperoni slices (50 cal) and 1/4 cup mushrooms. I think I went over. Ugh, I hate math. Anyone have any ideas if I overdid it? I am ok with eliminated 1/4 cup of cheese on top. Either way, this was so good. I am stuffed and I enjoyed every single bite!

Miss April said...

This looks a-ma-zing! Thanks for sharing!!!! :)

becca said...

Jocelyn...you are right, it is 6oz. Maybe the point was a cup by volume, not by weight??

Lyn,

I made this for the first time tonight and it was wonderful!! Thank you!

Amy said...

What kind of "no sugar added" pizza sauce did you use? I look at the labels down that aisle of the grocery store and get really confused. My best guess was Classico Tomato & Basil pasta sauce. Total Carb = 9g , Sugars = 5g, but no sugar is listed in the ingredient list (or other version of sugar like cane syrup, fructose, etc.). I would love a specific suggestion on brand and amount you used. I love pasta sauce and can see myself overdoing it very easily. I really want to make sure this is "on plan" exactly because it looks sooooo good and I know I will be eating it a lot.

Lyn said...

Amy~

that one is too high in carbs to be on plan for Medifast. A veggie serving on MF has to be 5g total carbs or less. I usually use a store brand pizza sauce (Fred Meyer) which has 4g total carbs per 1/4 cup serving. I have also used canned diced tomatoes with oregano instead, or in a pinch you can also use a plain canned tomato sauce with oregano added. Just be sure it has 5 g total carbs or less per serving.

Amy said...

Thanks Lyn!
I went back and checked the serving size on the Classico sauce and it was for 1/2 cup, so if you half the total carbs (from 9 to 4.5) for a 1/4 serving then it is in plan! YEAH!! Unless I am missing something. Thank you so much for the clarification I really have been confused on tomato sauce, so under 5 total carbs for a vegetable serving, good to know. So do you use a 1/4 cup of sauce on the pizza then?

Amy said...

Sorry.... just saw the 3T. of sauce, must be those kids in the background grabbing my attention helping me overlook what I am reading. Can't wait to try this tonight!

Holly said...

Thank you so much for sharing! It looks absolutely yummy. I so want to try this one day now!

Cindy said...

OK, I don't cook like my oven is used for cereal box storage but with all these good reviews I'm going to try it. I better buy a grater and some parchment paper and all the ingredients. I better throw out my 10 year old spices in my cupboard while I'm at it.

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