Do you know that feeling when the weekend is coming up and you have pizza planned on the menu? I’m guilty of getting so excited for a pizza party with my hubby or girls – love it! Pizza is one of my favorite “cheat meals” to have, so it’s on my menu regularly in many different flavors 😉 The toppings of course can be varied with a lot, but also with the bottom you can do different things, making a cauliflower based pizza for example.
I’m such a pizza lover that this year I included it in the Foodie-ness MEET & EAT tour! Last week was already the final MEET & EAT and again it was such a nice evening filled with vegan pizza madness and lots of laughter 🙂 I will miss those fun monthly parties meeting all you Foodie-ness girls! Though it’s time for something new to be doing the next year. However pizza will always be here to stay and we can have pizza parties whenever we like YAY!
“What gives pizza its not-so-healthy qualities is mostly the dough.”
Regular pizza bases are made with a thick layer of dough that contains high amounts of empty carbs and salt. Which isn’t bad to have from time to time, but if we can make it healthier then why wouldn’t we? And the versatile vegetable cauliflower actually makes a great base for pizza! You may not think so, because cooked cauliflower is not especially the most appetizing… But it has everything to do with the preparation: this veggie can be quite tasty if you get creative with it. Read below how to use it for a delicious cauliflower based pizza 🙂
Enjoy your cauliflower based pizza party girls!
INGREDIENTS PIZZA DOUGH
– 1 large cauliflower
– 3 tbsp. spelt flour
– 1 egg
– 1 egg white
– pepper and salt to taste
– 1 tbsp. olive oil
INGREDIENTS VEGGIE TOPPING
– 2 tbsp. tomato sauce
– red onion
– black olives
– 1 package mozzarella light
– garlic powder to taste
- Energy: 651,8 kcal
- Protein: 44,4 g
- Carbs: 78,2 g
- Fat: 24,6 g
- Fiber: 23,8 g
METHOD PIZZA DOUGH
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Wash the cauliflower, cut into smal pieces and add to a kitchen machine to grind it into crumbs. If you don’t have a kitchen machine or blender, you can use a hand grater to crumble it.
- Use a clean kitchen towel to squeeze all the fluids out of the cauliflower.
- Now put the grated cauliflower back in the kitchen machine together with the egg, spelt flour, salt and pepper, and mix into a smooth doughy mixture.
- Cover a baking sheet with baking paper. Divide the dough over this and shape it into a round pizza bottom from about 25 cm wide. TIP: use the back of a spoon to press the dough firmly.
- Spread some olive oil on the sides of the pizza bottom and place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
METHOD PIZZA TOPPING
- Get the pizza dough from the oven and spread the tomato sauce over it with a spoon.
- Now start cutting the zucchini, paprika, mushrooms and red onion for as much as you like, and divide it over the pizza bottom. Also add the whole olives and tear the mozzarella in pieces, placing them lastly on top of the pizza.
- Flavor it with garlic powder and place the pizza in the oven for another 10 minutes. TIP: for an extra crunchy crust leave it in the oven a little longer, but keep an eye on it!
Enjoy your cauliflower based pizza party girls! With love, Carolina.
Healthy comfort food: a vegan Mexican burrito bowl