I am learning more and more that I am a bit of a sheep. I always thought I was independent; someone who doesn’t gave to peer pressure, does what she wants, but I keep hearing about how gluten free is the biggest “fad” of the moment. As today marks the end of my gluten free challenge, I guess I was just another one of many!
Another way I am falling into the what is “popular” in the food trend world, is this pizza. I am sure 90% of Americans (or even more Brits) have not tried a cauliflower crust pizza, but I am definitely not the one to come up with this. Anyway, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and try it, and I LOVED it!
Most people may not like the sound of this, but I promise it tastes wonderful! As long as you do not expect it to taste like dough, and have an open mind, you will enjoy it. The crust still gathers a beautiful golden brown finish, and it is really enjoyable to eat….just sneaking in a few extra vegetables. You do not have to add the vegetables I did, go crazy with it, chose whatever toppings you want. All I really suggest is that there is a good amount of the wonder that is cheese. As the man who served me at the deli counter said “You can never have too much cheese”! Although…maybe those with lactose intolerance would definitely disagree!
If I hadnt told you this was made from Cauliflower, would you have noticed? See! Give it a try! As my favorite quote always says “Life begins when you step outside your comfort zone”.
- Cauliflower is abundant in vitamins, particularly B vitamins, and antioxidants: Vitamin C, manganese and a few carotenoids, reducing your risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases (as well as keeping away pesky colds)
- Sweet potatoes are also good sources of beta carotene’s and manganese; crucial for carbohydrate metabolism. I am constantly recommending it to my athletes for a great source of anti-inflammatory Vitamin E
- Kale contains a good amount of fiber and sulfur, which are good for detoxifying after overindulgence as well as supporting a healthy immune and digestive system
- Cheese ups your calcium intake, and adds protein to the meal
1 cup kale (65g) in small pieces
“Every leaf of kale your chew adds another stem to your tree of life.” Ancient Turkish Saying
Have you ever made a vegetable crust pizza? What is your favorite way of sneaking vegetables into meals?
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I have not tried cauliflower pizza myself but this looks pretty good. I actually have tried using cauliflower to bake or in recipes this way. I might have to because it seems to be the biggest trend right now. Thank you for sharing Tina!
I love it!! I haven't tried one yet because I don't know if it will really be as good with egg replacer and dairy free cheese…but I need to stop wondering and just do it!
I've made cauliflower pizza crust before – but dang, mine never looked this good! I love all the bright colored veggies you included for the toppings.
Adding veggies to smoothies always works for me – spinach, celery & cucumber
Haha I think I am a bit of a sheep too..but that's ok, right? This pizza in general looks delicious. I've never made cauliflower crust but there is always a first for everything! Pinned 🙂
This looks soooo good! I still haven't tried a cauliflower crust, I love my whole wheat too much. You might have convinced me to do it!
It looks soooo good! I'm not sure if I could fool my husband though. He is a dedicated cauliflower hater.
Love it – this looks great, especially with the toppings you've selected! I have tried cauliflower crust, and finally got my own recipe right which I'll also be posting this week! But I may have to eventually try it with sweet potatoes, mushrooms, squash, and kale as you suggest, because it looks great!
girl!! you did fab! this looks awesome!
Looks delicious! Wonder how well it will work with dairy free cheese, will give it a try.
what a nice idea for a meatless pizza love all the veggies great recipe Tina!
Go for it! I promise it is really good! Hope you enjoy 🙂
Yes! Give it a go! I would love to see the result! I dont see either egg replace or dairy free cheese making too much of a difference…although I have never used the cheese so cant be sure! You are the expert on that! Thanks for sharing it!
Give it a go, and please show me how you get on! I cant see the dairy free cheese or egg replacer making a difference, but you are the expert on that one 🙂 Would love to see the result! I would be happy to add a section at the bottom linking to your page for a dairy/egg free option 🙂
Thanks Jessie, the drying out the cauliflower really was the trick I think, I squeezed that thing to death! I love using a rainbow of colors in my meals, and I know someone else does too 🙂
Yes, I would say so! If you learn really cool things, why not copy 🙂 Although sometimes I find myself purposely not doing what everyone else does because I do not want to be influenced….but thats my stubborness 😛
Send me a pic if you try! Would love to see others variations!
Thanks Alysia! You should give it a go! I love whole wheat too, especially honey crusts, but this is good in its own unique way! I promise 🙂 Please let me see a pic if you do, would love to see how it turns out!
Thanks Debbie! Haha, yeah, unfortunately it is not good enough of a disguise to convince cauliflower haters that it is real pizza, but maybe you could get away with saying a “veggie based” pizza without stating which veggie that is 🙂
Thanks Megan! Oh, I will have to check that out! Maybe we should do a switch, try one anothers recipes? 🙂 Thanks 🙂
Thanks Lindsay! 🙂
I would have thought it would still work just fine! Give it a try, and please let me know! I would love to add a section at the bottom linking to a dairy free adaptation to show it works 🙂
Thanks Adriana 🙂 Hope you like it!
My hubs, who is the biggest pizza fan ever, scrunched up his nose the first time I even suggested a cauliflower crust pizza. We've had it many times since then and while he isn't completely sold, he does think it tastes good!
This had been on my to do list for so long! Must try it!
I still haven't tried this. I've wanted to but it seems like something only I'd eat and therefore a waste. The kale quote is awesome! I'm juicing some right now to get in more of those veggies.
I always love me some cauliflower crust pizza it is so so good! I need to buy a bigger food processor though to make the process quicker.
Pretty sure I am the last person standing to not try cauliflower crusts yet, but I do want to try! Thanks for the recipe.
So I made it… I picked it as the one for my “make” week of MMAZ. I use Go Veggie Mozzarella Shreds for the crust (and in place of the parmesan as they only have powdered parmesan). I also grated a clove of garlic into the mix. I oiled my pizza stone but it still stuck and felt gooey so I switched it over to foil, very carefully with a cake tool I had. I baked it an extra 5 minutes and it was getting brown and set but still seemed soft in the middle. I am not sure if I just had a larger cauliflower maybe (I squeezed it really good with two towels) but went with it. At this point my kids at all the sweet potato chunks except 1, and I wasn't running to the store, so I put some of my sweet potato hummus, red pepper, red onion, and again the dairy free Go Veggie Mozzerella Shreds. It didn't get really crispy other than the edges which are very dark brown, it does stay together, but I am still eating it because it tastes good!
Thats what I think most guys will be like, hate the idea….but actually good, as long as you dont expect it to taste like a regular pizza crust. Glad you get to enjoy it 🙂
Please do! Hope it works well for you 🙂
The one I made in this recipe was pretty small, I finished half of it in one meal, and then had leftovers the next day. I think you could enjoy it before it went bad!
Yes, that is a must! Glad you are another on the train! It is yummy!
Yes! Please try, and send me a pic of the result! Love seeing how everyone else adapts it 🙂