Growing up, Friday nights were always pizza nights in my house. I seriously couldn’t wait for the end of the week to roll around just so I could dive face first into a cheesy pie. I mean, who doesn’t love pizza?! Fast forward to today, just because my goals have changed doesn’t mean that my taste buds have. One of my favorite things to do is make my favorite foods healthy. You might be thinking, ‘how the heck can you make pizza healthy!?’ Well… it’s actually pretty easy!
Instead of using wheat and flour for a traditional pizza crust, I have come up with a recipe using cauliflower – yep… The swap not only provides a healthy way to eat your favorite type of pizza, but it is also low in carbs! At 112 calories a slice, feel free to have more than one! PRO TIP: Watch your fat content for the day. Since pizza is inevitably higher in fat (this recipe aims to cut that down some), you’ll want to limit the amount of fats you have during your other meals.
So I know you’re questioning how this pizza tastes and honestly it’s amazing. I loaded mine up with green peppers, red onions, mushrooms, and grilled chicken. I made sure to use a low sugar pizza sauce (you can also try to make your own) and lower fat cheese.
I included the recipe and nutrition below but here are some suggestions to make your pizza crust turn out perfect.
1. I used my Ninja blender to chop up my cauliflower. Make sure that whatever type of blender or food processor you use, it has strong blades to turn your cauliflower into almost powder. Once blended, you shouldn’t have any chunks of cauliflower left.
2. Removing the water from your cauliflower “dough” is essential. I wrung mine out for about 5 minutes. As soon as you think all the water is removed, give your dough one more good squeeze. If you skip this step, your pizza will fall apart and you’ll be left with a crumbly crust.
3. The cheese in the crust acts as a binding agent. If you are totally against eating cheese, you can try swapping the cheese with a tablespoon of olive oil but it will be harder to hold its form.
4. I would lean towards making your crust thinner especially if you like a crunchier crust. I made mine a little thicker and while it was soft it was a little more difficult to eat.
5. Fold up the edges of your pizza to ensure you have an outer crust.
6. Get creative with your toppings and sauce! If you don’t like marinara try a white pizza with cheese and olive oil. If you love pepperoni – Applegate makes really healthy and nitrate free pepperoni slices.
Enjoy and let me know what you think!