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Cauliflower Pizza - the healthy alternative!!
Member Name: AlmshoeRachy
Date: 08/10/11, updated on 23/10/11 (48 review reads)
Advantages: Healthy alternative to pizza!
Disadvantages: Bit fiddly!
My husband is a Personal Trainer, so has to look good all the time. We only recently got married as well, and in the run up to the wedding I was determined to lose weight. We try to eat no carbohydrates during the week for dinner, so I have spent a long time trying to find exciting, carb free alternatives for our evening meals. Then I stumbled upon the recipe for cauliflower pizza. Yes you heard right. And if you are turning your nose up in disgust at the prospect, it is amazing!! My friends all laugh at me when I suggest it, but once I tell them about it, they are dying to try it too! It's not a pizza with cauliflower on top - the base itself is made out of cauliflower - a much healthier alternative!
The downside to this, is it is quite fiddly, but gets easier the more you do it. What you need is; a cauliflower, an egg, mozzarella and then the usual pizza toppings - we use some kind of tomato paste like Sacla, and then add whatever we want - pepperoni, olives, mushroom, pineapple - whatever you fancy at the time!
Firstly you need to 'rice' the cauliflower (this makes a great carb free alternative to rice too!). There are 2 ways to do this - I grate it in the food processor and then cook in the microwave, but you could cook it first and then grate when it's slightly cooled. You then mix the 'riced' cauliflower with an egg, and some chopped mozzarella. I have only found this recipe with cup measurements (1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower, 1 egg, 1 cup mozzarella) but I tend to make it up as I go and it seems to work OK - no complaints from hubby anyway! So you mix these ingredients together. Then you press into some kind of oven proof dish for cooking - like a flan dish. Then bake for about 15 mins at 230 degrees. When it is cooked, remove from oven, cover with your choice of toppings and grill until golden brown.
It is nice and filling, without leaving you with the horrible bloated feeling that pizza gives you, and the fact that you can create your own toppings means it doesn't get boring!
I would advise anyone to try this - it is a definite favourite in our home! 5 stars!!
Summary: An delicious low carb dinner!
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