Low carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust.
When you think “low-carb,” pizza is probably not one of the first things that comes to mind. Indeed, with a crust made with high-carb, heavily refined flour, traditional pizza is a far cry from low-carb. In fact, many would argue that overconsumption of refined carbohydrates (like the flour in pizza crust) is to blame for increasing rates of obesity and myriad negative health outcomes. In fact, in a commentary published in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard researcher and professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology Dr. Frank Hu said, “Refined carbohydrates are likely to cause even greater metabolic damage than saturated fat.”3 What’s more, numerous studies have linked consumption of these highly processed carbohydrates to obesity.4–6 Knowing that yet not being ignorant to how amazingly delicious pizza is, I wanted to find a way that we could have our “pie” and eat it too. Enter what I like to call the white vegetable wonder: Cauliflower. Move over kale, there’s a new superfood in town! By replacing the traditional refined flour crust with cauliflower, you’ll slash carbs and calories and dramaticallyy boost the nutrient density of your pizza. From a nutrition standpoint, cauliflower’s got it going on! Fun fact: The USDA has reported that 250 slices of pizza are consumed every second. That means that, on any given day, 13% of the population is eating pizza! Cauliflower Pizza Crust • ½ head of cauliflower, coarsely chopped • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese • 1 egg, beaten • seasonings of choice • salt and pepper to taste 1. Preheat oven to 450F. 2. Place the cauliflower in a food processor and blend until you achieve a rice-like texture. 3. Fill a large pot with about an inch of water and bring to a boil. Put the cauliflower in a steamer insert and place in the pot. Allow cauliflower to steam for roughly 15 minutes, stirring continuously. 4. Remove the cauliflower from the pot and place into a strainer. Once you’ve strained it, transfer it to a thin, clean dish towel, twist it up, and squeeze out ALL the remaining water. This is key. 5. Place cauliflower rice in a large bowl and stir in grated parmesan cheese, egg, and seasonings until well blended. 6. Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet and shape into desired pizza crust shape. 7. Bake for 10-15 minutes until crust is golden brown. 8. Remove from oven and add your favorite healthy toppings (e.g., tomato sauce or olive oil, fresh veggies, lean proteins, fresh mozzarella). 9. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.