I mean, we are Italian…
I truly enjoy cooking healthy, and at home! (Stefano and I make a great team in the kitchen.) I don’t know about you all, but I have been hearing of cauliflower pizza crust for some time now, and I finally came across a recipe that I wanted to try to make my own! I combined my pizza creation with recipes from ifoodreal.com, who claimed her cauliflower crust recipe was fool-proof, and Buzzfeed’s Clean Eating Challenge tomato sauce.
Cauliflower Crust (Cliffs Notes version) – 4 servings
- Grind 2 heads of cauliflower, after cutting off the leaves, in a food processor, until it looks like rice. Because we have a tiny apartment we used our Ninja blender, on low, and it worked perfectly!
- Spread over a baking sheet (you can line the sheet with parchment paper, we didn’t) and bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
- Line a bowl with chinese cloth (we easily found this at our local Publix) and squeeze as much water out of the cauliflower as possible. It really did look like mashed potato.
- Then we added 2 eggs, half a cup of parmesan cheese, half a cup of 2% mozzarella cheese, and dried basil, salt, and pepper.
- Finally we patted the mixture into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and baked it for 15 minutes at 450.
Now we were ready to add our delicious and healthy tomato sauce, which we learned from the Buzzfeed Challenge.
Healthy and Hearty Tomato Sauce
- Add onions and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small pot for 10 minutes, on medium. Add salt and pepper.
- Add about 1 cup of carrots, and 3 cloves of garlic, and cook for about 10 minutes.
- Kick the heat up to high and add 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
- Once the mixture starts to dry up, add about 3 medium chopped tomatoes and some basil. Let the mixture boil.
- Reduce the heat, add some more pepper, and let the sauce simmer for about 30 minutes. (We cut this part short, let it cool for about 5 minutes, and blended the sauce so we can easily spread over the cauliflower.)
Stefano added lots of cheese (too much for me) and ham, and I added some mushrooms on my half. And we baked it at 450 until the cheese melted and slightly browned.
The pizza was a little heavy for the crust to hold (because of all of the cheese from the cheese lover), so we ate it with forks and knives, but Ifoodreal.com was right! It was delicious! I love that we used a homemade sauce, especially a sauce with JUST veggies! The whole process took us about 1.5 hours. This is long for a week-day dinner, so I would recommend prepping, or baking during the weekend.
I must add, I have a new-found respect for food bloggers and food photographers! It was difficult to make this look appetizing, and it deserves to look as delicious as it tasted!
What did you think? Send me some feedback!