Monday, January 30, 2012

Pizza without the guilt! (Recipe)


I don't know a single person who doesn't love pizza.
The cheese, the warm and cripsy crust, ugh, so good.


However all of that yumminess comes lots of calories, fat, and carbs.

I am not saying I do not or will not eat pizza anymore, I'd be lying and I don't lie.






My mind has been consumed with thoughts of pizza lately but I am not ready to chow down on it just yet, so I searched for "pizza crust alternatives" and came across the idea of cauliflower crust.

I know what you're thinking:

THAT IS AN OUTRAGE!
Does it taste the same?
How can I make this?
You're crazy and I am no longer reading your blog



Did you get it all out of your system? 
Can we move on to the goodness that is cauliflower crust?

Good.


1. No it does not taste the same, but it tastes just as good
2. Because it is cauliflower and there is no bread/flour it has to be eaten with a fork, if you can accept that keep reading







Spinach & Ricotta Cauliflower Crust Pizza:
Serves 2

For crust:

1 cup of riced/grated cauliflower
1 cup low fat shredded mozzarella cheese
2 egg whites
1T garlic powder
1T basil, fresh or dried
1T oregano, fresh or dried





Preheat oven to 450 degrees, then prepare crust:
 Add mozzarella to grated cauliflower

 Then add egg whites
 Add seasonings, you can use whatever herbs/powders you prefer

 With clean hands and jewelry removed, get in there and mix it up! If you have children this is a perfect "job" for them and they'll love it


After all ingredients are mixed, place crust on pizza stone(baking sheet works too) 
Tip: do not make the crust too thin otherwise it will stick to the surface


Bake the crust for 12-16 minutes

While it is baking it's time to make the toppings!



For toppings:
1 bag of baby spinach
1T extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves or 1T minced garlic
2T part skim ricotta cheese


Heat garlic and oil over medium heat for 5 minutes
Add spinach and cook until wilted


Add ricotta to mixing bowl( I added onion powder but this is optional)
Add spinach and stir

Take the cooked crust out of the oven, add spinach & ricotta mix then top of 1/4-1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella

Place pizza back in the oven for 5-7 minutes until cheese is melted

Remove and enjoy!


Nutritional Facts: (for 1/2 of pizza)
Calories: 189
Total Fat: .3g
Total Carbohydrate: 16.2
Protein:30.3


This will not completely replace pizza for me BUT I will use this recipe when I am having a craving a lot more often. 

Also you could make a bunch of mini pizzas and serve them at a dinner party or bring them to a pot luck



Just Keep Sweating








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2 comments:

  1. I LOVE this post! I love everything pizza-related and a healthier version nonetheless? Sign me up!

    You are a beast! Just looking through your posts motivated me! Way to go!

    I hope you enjoyed the Cheesy Quinoa Bites if you ended up making them! And you should totally try the Quinoa Pizza Bites. They are way better. And they involved pizza. ;-)

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  2. just pinned this can't wait to make it!!! you are so motivational.... keep it up girl!!!

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