Gluten Free, Guilt Free Super Food Pizza!

That’s a big claim, isn’t it? ¬†But I stand behind it ūüôā ¬†My past three posts have been leading up to this moment….this beautiful moment!!! ¬†I have had an underlying determination for months….knowing that someday, some how, I MUST come up with a way to create a pizza that I can firmly believe is healthy! ¬†It’s a strange thing…because I have never really liked pizza that much…but once I decided that I shouldn’t eat it any more, it’s started looking a lot more attractive. ¬†Especially every time my pastor is offering me free Cici’s. ¬†Oh boy. ¬†But now, I believe I have done it! ¬†The only thing questionable is that I did use cheese, but if you have followed me long enough you know what I believe…if it is natural,¬†preferably¬†raw (I have found it!), and if it is full fat…then in moderation, it passes the test! ¬†The book we try to follow says to keep dairy at 25% or less of your daily intake. ¬†I’ll admit…I don’t always find totally natural, full fat cheese. ¬†But we do the best with what we have, and I am still confident that you will find this pizza quite delicious and extremely nutritious! ūüôā ¬†Read on!!!

Here’s what you need:

(For a large crust:

*4 C grated cauliflower, about 1/2 head

*2 Eggs

* 1 3/4 C Mozzarella, shredded

* 1-2 Tbsp Franks Hot Sauce

* Handful of Parsley Leaves

*Tbsp Pizza Seasoning, or Italian or something similar)

  • 2 Tbsp(ish) Kale Pesto (There is your deliciously hidden super food!)

(Original recipe, you will have leftovers, or you can halve it:

*2 Small Bunches Kale

*1/2 Cup Olive Oil

*3 Cloves Garlic, Coarsely Chopped

*1/2 C Walnuts, Toasted and Chopped

*1 tsp(ish) lemon juice

*1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning, or something similar

*Salt and Pepper to taste)

  • Roasted Asparagus, chopped into thirds (about 1/3…but really to your tastes ūüôā )
  • Cooked Chicken, about 1/2 C. ¬†I used meat from a whole chicken I had used to make home made broth! ¬†But if you want to make it easier, pick up a rotisserie chicken. ¬†Just know you are going to be ingesting some artificial stuff!
  • Roasted Red Pepper Slices (about 1/3 C)
  • Red Onion, Cut into chunks
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • Mozzarella, shredded (Optional)

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Follow the directions to make a cauliflower crust!  
  2. Follow directions to make your tasty kale pesto!
  3. Melt the butter in a pan. ¬†Add onions and caramelize while you are waiting for the crust to be done! ¬†Red onions don’t take as long as white ones I am noticing, so keep an eye on them and stir frequently. ¬†I believe mine were done in 10-15 minutes.
  4. Preheat your broiler.
  5. Spread the pesto out on top of the crust.
  6. Top with mozzarella if you are using it!
  7. Arrange your roasted red pepper, chicken, asparagus, and caramelized onions on top.
  8. Toss in the oven under your broiler just for a few minutes!  So the cheese gets melty and everything else is warmed through.
  9. Slice.  Taste.  Do a little happy dance.  I did!

My mother in law loved this. ¬†That’s kind of a big deal. ¬†No offense Lorri, I love you! ¬†But I didn’t tell her till afterwards that she was eating cauliflower and kale. ¬†She went back for seconds! ¬†Also a big deal, because she is not a big eater! ¬†In fact, between the three of us…we ate the whole thing in one night!! OOOPS! ¬†That’s how you know it’s real good. It’s GONE! ¬†And to think we were being kind to our bodies at the same time!! ¬†Hallelujah!!!

Chop your onions, and get them a-caramelizing!

Caramelized Onions 2When your crust is done baking and you have gotten the pesto to your desired consistency…spread it!!!

Guilt Free Pizza 1.5So green!  I love it!!  Now if you are using mozzarella, sprinkle it on!!!  Alternately, to take it a step closer to health, you can use chunks of goat cheese instead!!

Guilt Free Pizza 2Already looks yummy!!!!  Now toppings toppings toppings!

Guilt Free Pizza 3

Look at all those colors!

Guilt Free Pizza 5Yummy!

Guilt Free Pizza 3

Guilt Free Pizza 6

Guilt Free Pizza 7

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust (GLUTEN FREE! YEAH!)

I am falling in love with taking normal “staple” foods, and finding new unusual ways to make them. ¬†Healthier ways. ¬†Veggie-filled ways ūüėÄ ¬†So apparently, cauliflower is a miracle food. ¬†You know how many gluten free, healthy alternatives you can make with it? ¬†Rice, mashed “potatoes,” breadsticks, and this gem…pizza crust!!!! ¬†Whaaaaat? ¬†Yes. ¬†Yes it’s true. ¬†And it is so wonderful. ¬†And you can’t even tell. ¬†Yummmm. ¬†What an adventure…and a joy. ¬†Because you have no guilt, you feel good, and your taste buds are doing a happy dance ūüôā

Note: ¬†You can halve this! ¬†I doubled the original recipe so I could make a nice big pizza. ¬†Just make sure if you make a large batch like this one…you spread it thin enough so it’s crispy ūüôā

Adapted from http://www.damyhealth.com.

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 C Grated Cauliflower (about 1/2 a large head of cauliflower)
  • 2 Lg Eggs
  • 1 1/2 – 2 C Mozzarella, Shredded (Original would call for 2. ¬†I was trying to cut down on cheese as much as possible, so I did about 1 3/4 C)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Franks Hot Sauce
  • Handful of parsley leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Pizza Seasoning (Or Italian Seasoning, or Oregano, Basil, etc…)

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Grate your cauliflower! ¬†You can use a hand grater…or if you are lucky like me, you can throw chunks of it into the grating attachment of your KitchenAid.
  3. Put your grated cauliflower in a pan over medium heat and cook until it gets translucent.
  4. Meanwhile, put everything else in a food processor and blend well.
  5. Mix cooked cauliflower and mixture from your food processor together in a bowl.  This is your dough!
  6. Spread the dough out thinly on a pizza stone, parchment paper (NOT WAX PAPER!), or a greased or lined cookie sheet.
  7. Put in your oven and bake for 25-35 minutes.  You want it to be set up all the way through, and a little brown crispy-ness on the edges is wonderful!
  8. Top with your favorite toppings, and toss under the broiler to get everything to warm, melty perfection ūüôā

Cauliflower, grated!

Cauliflower Crust 1Cauliflower, cooked till translucent!

Cauliflower Crust 2

Everything else gets blended in a food processor, then stirred in with the cauliflower. ¬†There ya go! ¬†Pizza dough ūüôā
Cauliflower Crust 3

Spread real thin on a pizza stone, parchment paper, or greased or lined cookie sheet. ¬†Mine turned out great, but next time I will spread it even thinner ūüôā

Cauliflower Crust 4And bake till done and crispy!  25 Р35 minutes!

Cauliflower Crust 5Yummmy! ¬†Now top with cooked toppings, warm up in the broiler, and devour! ¬†Stay tuned….next time I will be sharing with you my toppings of choice…which made for one stinking incredible, guilt free pizza!!!!! ¬†YEAH! ¬†What toppings are you going to try?