There is no flour, oil or butter anywhere on this plate!!!
All this time, all this dieting, all this "healthy cooking" and why, why have I never tried anything with cauliflower? I've had it roasted before and liked it well enough. I have no idea why I always pass it by in the grocery store. But I certainly wont make THAT mistake again!

Quite some time ago, Nurse Z mentioned to me a cauliflower pizza crust she made without flour. I admit, when I first heard it, I was pretty skeptical. Plus, she told me it wasn't that lo-cal so I kind of put it on the back burner. But at some point, something clicked and I did some quick math and I decided I could a) lower her calorie counts and b) totally make it part of a good meal that wouldn't set my calorie budget way back.

The story of cauliflower pizza night is one of my typical kitchen experiments. I went to the gym after work and grocery shopped after that, arriving home by just before 8pm. I started to prep before hopping in the shower, and the instructions seemed so easy I had Boyfriend take over the work while I was gone. He did wonderfully, even taking a very aesthetically pleasing Ingredients picture! But, the pizza crust wouldn't be done before 9pm so if it didn't work out (and cauliflower pizza crust? who thought this would be a good idea?!?) we would be pretty hungry. But it DID work out, and it made for a delicious lunch (uh..i mean breakfast) the next day. But it did work, and it worked so well that I think cauliflower and eggplant will just always be in my fridge.
Ingredients (courtesy of Boyfriend)
-psst, could be a little lighter....
*Makes 6 servings/slices*
1.25 cups (or about 10 oz) "riced" cauliflower --> 70 cal
2.5 servings fat free cheddar cheese (70g) --> 110 cal
2.5 servings fat free cheddar cheese (70g) --> 170 cal
1 egg --> 80 cal
Salt, Italian Seasoning, pepper (to taste)

Total: 430 cal = just over 70 cal/slice

1) Steam cauliflower until soft (7 minutes?)

2) "Rice" the cauliflower in a food processor or use a grater

3) Dump in remaining ingredients and spices and blend until the cheese melts with the hot veg and becomes kind of gooey (see pic)

Line a cookie sheet with foil (or parchament paper) and Pam the foil.

Spread out the dough to desired thickness (1/4 inch?)

 Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
**Broil for 5 minutes, flip and broil for another 3 minutes for crispness**
Notes: 1) It takes a bit of creativity to flip this thing. I put it onto a big plate then held the cookie sheet under it with an oven mitt. 2) Crispness is important when topping it, but I only broiled on one side when I made it.

Topped with grilled eggplant rounds.
1) slice eggplant into thin (1/4 inch) round pieces
2) Pam spray and heat grill pan

3) Spray or brush one side of the rounds with olive oil, season the rounds on one side with salt and pepper.
4) Grill first on unseasoned side until you see grill marks, flip and do the other side. (4 mins each side?)

I topped my pizza with a few dallops of tomato sauce and a few pieces of chopped turkey bacon and then sat the eggplant rounds on top. back into the broiler for 3 minutes.

Add to all this a few spears of asparagus (grilled with a spray of olive oil, salt, pepper and some lemon juice)

Notice something about the his and hers plates? Same size! Yes, this was so healthy that aside from the extra sprinkle of parmesan, I felt so good about this meal I ate as much as Boyfriend. =)

A closeup of my wonderful 300 calorie plate.

It turned out wonderfully, tasted a LOT like regular pizza and really filled me up.

Mmm....that leaves lots of room for dessert!!



06/09/2011 11:57

i'm so glad to see this recipe! it looks delish and I can get cauli and eggpplant here and i miss my pizza. also the beef stroganoff recipe looks great and even better than the heavy original. really enjoy your experiments!


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