Cauliflower Pizza Crust
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
FOOD AS MEDICINE:
Cauliflower has a mild and sweet flavor and can be prepared in a variety of ways including, roasted, sautéed, steamed or even chopped as a rice substitute or mashed as a potato substitute. Cauliflower has a variety of nutritional benefits one of them being cancer prevention. The I3C compound in cruciferous and sulfur containing veggies has been found to prevent cancer and inhibit the growth of tumors in the body. Cauliflower also contains active compounds needed for both phase 1 and phase 2 detox activities as well as glucosinates that help to activate enzymes needed for detoxification.
2 lbs riced cauliflower (about 4 cups), can use fresh or frozen
½ cup goat cheese
½ cup shredded parmesan or pecorino romano
½ cup almond flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Toppings of choice: pizza sauce, cheese, uncured pepperoni or sausage, fresh herbs, red pepper flakes
Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, add the riced cauliflower to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally until all moisture is evaporated and cauliflower begins to brown. Note: frozen cauliflower will have much more residual water that needs to cook off before it begins to brown. It is normal to see steam during this process, just keep stirring until no more water is released.
Allow cauliflower to cool slightly, then transfer to a clean dishtowel or cheesecloth. Wrap the towel or cheesecloth around the cauliflower and wring out all moisture.
Place the cauliflower in a medium bowl and combine with the cheeses, egg, almond flour and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Using your hands, combine until a dough forms.
Shape into a ball and transfer to the parchment lined pan.
Using your hands, press out the crust to about 10″ around and 1/4 inch thick.
Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Pull out of the oven and allow to cool 10 minutes.
Add desired toppings including tomato sauce, cheese of choice, uncured pepperoni and sausage, fresh basil and more!
Return to the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes until toppings are bubbling and crust is deeply golden. Add red pepper flakes and additional fresh basil to serve.
Allow to cool 10 minutes. Cut into 8 slices and serve!
Makes 4 servings of 2 slices each
Nutrition per serving:189 Calories, 10g Fat, 12g Carbs, 14g Protein
Note: these nutrition facts are for the crust alone. Final macros will vary based on toppings. Ensure you add a protein dense topping like sausage, pepperoni and/or ground meat to get to your protein goals for 20-25g per meal!
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