Yesterday at lunch Brent was having a salad and said, “This salad is not as good as I wanted it to be.” I asked why, and he replied, “Because I want pizza.” So that’s what was for dinner.
I found this recipe on Pinterest over the summer, and have made it many times since. My kids eat it, my husband eats it, it totally satisfies our pizza cravings with 1/3 or the calories and almost zero carbs depending on what toppings you use. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have!!
First you take the head of cauliflower and ‘rice’ it. Put it in the blender, food processor, or I like to do it with a cheese grater over a bowl. Rice the whole head and put it a microwave safe container and microwave for about 7 minutes. Don’t add any water, the cauliflower has enough naturally that it will just steam itself.
Once it is cooked, scoop it out, one measuring cup at a time. For each cup of cooked cauliflower, you will add one egg and one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Then put in some Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Enough to where it starts to smell good.
Mix it all up really well, and then pour it out onto your baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This is the secret to the pizza. Parchment paper. Not wax paper, I have made that mistake. Don’t just put it on the pan either, the cheese glues to it and it doesn’t cook evenly. Trust me – parchment paper. A double batch (2 cups cauliflower, 2 cups of cheese and 2 eggs) makes 2 pizza rounds, about 10 inches across. Basically like a personal pizza. This is enough for my family of 4, and I will have leftovers.
Press it out onto the baking sheet until it is like 1/3 inch thick. Or as thin as you want it, but it has to hold together, so don’t spread it too thin. Put it in an oven heated to 425, for 20 minutes. Then start checking it because you don’t want it to burn but you want it to be golden brown on top. I cook both crusts at the same time for about 25 minutes. You could even use it from this point as garlic bread or cheese bread, it tastes awesome with or without toppings!
Pull them out and put on whatever toppings you like. Brent likes cheese and pepperoni.
I like pesto, ricotta cheese, fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage, and basil on top. So so good!
Put it back in the oven with the broiler on high, and broil until the cheese is melty and the toppings are heated through.
Pull it out and slice it up!
Crust – whole – 350 calories, 5 carbs
– slice (8) – 44 calories, < 1 carb
My toppings – 138 calories per slice and 2 carbs per slice.
Brent’s toppings – 122 calories and and 1 carb per slice.
The average slice of pepperoni pizza from your favorite pizza place has 330 calories and 45 carbs!!