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Guilt-free/Healthy Pizza

 

Mmmm, pizza. Don’t lie, you know you love it. Most of us do! The problem is, most pizzas do little more for our health than derail any sort of nutrition or fitness goal we worked so hard for. We already know overdoing it on pizza will only make us a bit fluffier than we had hoped. Granted, if you eat a slice or two from time to time, you will be fine. But some of us indulge a bit more often than “time to time.”

 

What if you could make one of your favorite junk food meals, just a little less detrimental to your diet, and just a little more nutritious?

 

Well, my FM friend, I have just the recipe for you.

 

This pizza is breadless. And, for those keeping track, also gluten free.

 

Wait, HOLD THE PHONE!! No bread?! Say whaaaat?!

 

Yup, no bread.

 

It tasted really really good too!!! I kid you not, ma’am sir. It tasted just like regular pizza and was a much more nutritious option. I found the recipe on Linda Wagner’s blog!

The crust is made out of mainly cauliflower. Yes, cauliflower. It provides awesome antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Now, when a friend and I made this meal, we didn’t follow the recipe to the T from Linda’s blog. We more or less guessed on the quantities and it still turned out really good. Therefore, please excuse the less than perfect recipe that we used haha.
Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower. The bigger it is, the more crust you can make for the pizza.
4 oz of cheese. The original recipe asked for goat cheese, which I will try in the future, but we used regular organic mozzarella cheese.
1 egg
Tomato/marinara sauce.
A few leaves of basil
Sliced mushrooms
Sliced olives
How many ounces or cups of each? I have no idea what we actually used. But that’s the fun part. You can mess with the quantities until you find something that works.
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Start to boil a few cups of water in a medium sized pan.
Chop the cauliflower into small pieces and run through a food processor, or in my case, a blender (blendtec). Run it until the cauliflower looks like the consistency of rice (grainy).
                                                           
Add the food processor processed/blender chopped cauliflower to boiling water for about 6 minutes. You’re going to have to trust me on this one. When I did this step, it looked like the cauliflower disintegrated into the boiling water. I figured I had blown the recipe. If this happens to you, never fear.
While the cauliflower is steaming in the boiling water, place a clean dish towel over a strainer. When the 6 minutes are up, pour the water into the dish towel/strainer. The dish towel will act as a strainer for the cauliflower. Allow it to cool before folding the towel up into a pouch type shape, and squeeze the water out of the cauliflower.
                                                    
Now, in a mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower, cheese and egg. This part I still need to figure out a bit better. You will find that if you melt the cheese in a bowl, in the microwave for a bit before you mix everything, it seems to make the process easier. Plus, if the cauliflower is still relatively warm/hot, it helps melt the cheese and makes it easier to combine the ingredients for the crust.
                                                           
Once the “crust dough” is ready to go, transfer it onto a greased baking sheet. I used coconut oil to grease the sheet to make sure the crust from the pizza wouldn’t stick.
Depending on the size of the cauliflower that you used, the amount of crust or size of the pizza will vary. Go ahead and spread the mixture onto the greased sheet to make a thin layer.
Bake the crust in the middle rack of the oven for about 35-40 minutes.
Once that time is up, take the crust out, spread the sauce on top of it as well as whatever toppings you like on your pizza. We chose mushrooms,olives, basil and the rest of the mozzarella cheese. This part you get to do whatever you want. Whatever toppings you like; go nuts.
                                                         
Put the pizza back in the oven and broil for a few more minutes. Or, until the cheese begins to melt.
Take it out, put some sliced basil leaves on top, and let it cool off for a few minutes.
                                                       
Once it has cooled for a bit, and you can slice it without all of the cheese getting stuck to the slicer/knife, dig in!
This tasted so good, I can’t wait to make it again. Also, look at the ingredients. The crust used three ingredients! THREE!!! A delivery pizza or pizza from the freezer at the market will have who knows how many ingredients. This meal allows you to have complete control over what goes into your pizza, which makes it much less likely it will cause you to have a heart attack the next time you step on a scale.
Easy.Fresh Ingredients.Good Tasting.  Doesn’t get much better.
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Think you can let your guard down because you shop at a health food store?

When I first started shopping at Whole Foods, I caught myself mistakenly following this thought process, “Hmm, I usually wouldn’t buy this, but I’m at WF and this has “all natural ingredients” so it’s okay to buy.” They have cookies, pop tart type things, cakes, sugary granola bars, pre packaged/frozen meals, pizzas etc. I took a step back and realized that just because I was at a “health food” store, did not mean I could eat anything just because of where I was.

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It sounds obvious, but when you catch yourself walking the isles at Whole Foods or Trader Joes and looking to buy food or products you normally wouldn’t buy, stop for a second. Remember, cookies are still cookies. Cake is still cake. Pizza is still pizza. Chips are still chips.

Now, some of these products may have better or more fresh ingredients than at other stores. Granted, the higher quality and less artificial ingredients in a meal, the better. This is true. But it does not give us a free pass to eat whatever we want, just because we bought it at Whole Foods. Sugar is sugar, to our bodies. Eating too many calories, regardless, will leave us fluffier than we would like.

Instead of falling into old habbits, educate yourself about cool food options you maybe haven’t tried before. Spend some time walking around the store and seeing what kind of fruits or veggies you haven’t tried before. Look at different products that you can incorporate into your diet.  Or, you can continue with similar foods or meals you already like, but with organic ingredients or less processed ingredients.I do not own this image. If you do and would like me to take it down, please let me know.

I do talk about Whole Foods and Trader Joes a lot, but that is because I like the choices they have. As I’ve written before, I go to different stores for different reasons. I don’t mean to imply that any one store is better than any other store. These are just the place I have been shopping at lately.

Before you go calling me a junk food hater (which I guess is true if you are talking about eating junk food constantly, haha) I am not against indulgences from time to time. I do think that if you are going to treat yourself, it is worth it to get a higher quality product.

Regardless where you are shopping, continue to think critically about the food you buy and how it affects the health of you and your family.

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