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I came across this recipe for a gluten free pizza crust made with cauliflower and I had to give it a try. I love pizza but I can't have it because I have celiac disease and I can't have any type of gluten. The photograph to the left is my first attempt at making this pizza.

I used this blog post from DAMY Health as a guide and came up with my own variation of the recipe. You can taste the cauliflower flavor (which I love) but it still tastes just like pizza – cheesy and delicious. The edges of the crust even get a little crunchy like regular pizza does. So yes, pizza CAN BE healthy! If you cut this crust into 8 slices, each piece of crust (without toppings) has only 50 calories, 2 carbs and 5 grams of protein! There’s no need to feel guilty about eating a few slices, and most of all it's gluten free. 

You can top the pizza with whatever your heart desires, just make sure the toppings are already cooked since you’ll only be broiling the pizza for a few minutes. As pictured above, I made a Hawaiian Style pizza with Canadian Bacon and Pineapple, (my favorite).  Also keep in mind that the cauliflower crust isn’t quite as hearty as most regular dough-based crusts so you don’t want to weigh it down with a ton of ingredients. Keep it simple. (click read more to get the recipe)

I found that it’s easier to eat the pizza with a fork. Once you get to only a few bites left, it’s ok to pick up with your hands, but it tends to collapse if you try to pick up the whole slice early on.

Overall I LOVED this pizza and will definitely be making it again very soon – perhaps I’ll even try a vegetarian version next time. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!

Gluten Free Healthy Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust 
Prep time 15 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 50 mins  Serves: 8 Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower (about 4 cups riced)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Prep a cookie sheet or pizza stone. You can grease the cookie sheet or use greased aluminum foil. It will stick if you don’t grease it properly. 
  3. Remove the stems and leaves from your cauliflower and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor and pulse just until the texture is similar to rice. If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop it.
  4. Sauté cauliflower “rice” in a non-stick skillet over medium heat and cook until translucent, approximately 6-8 minutes. (You can use the microwave for this as well. Just place cauliflower in an uncovered microwave-safe bowl and cook for 8 minutes.)
  5. In a bowl combine the cooked cauliflower with all remaining ingredients.
  6. Spread dough out evenly  – about ¼ to ⅓ of an inch thick. The pizza should be about 9-10 inches in diameter.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden, crispy on the edges and cooked through the middle.
  8. Remove the crust from the oven.
  9. Top with pizza sauce and toppings. Be careful not to add too many heavy toppings as you don’t want to weigh down the crust.
  10. Broil the pizza for 5 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted. Allow the pizza to cool for 2-3 minutes then cut and serve immediately.
 





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