Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Low carb, gluten free pizza (it’s a cauliflower crust)

I love pizza but let’s be honest it isn’t on the list of nutritious food is it?! I’ve been experimenting with making low carb pizza bases recently and I got to admit, some have been a disaster, such as my ‘soya flour’ base. But this recipe but this recipe from Nic’s Nutrition is tried, tested and an total success!

Don’t be put off by the main ingredient – yes it is a big fat cauliflower, but obnce you add all your toppings on to make your pizza, you’ll never notice it. It’s purely there to act as ‘breadcrumbs’.

healthy diet friendly pizza

This recipe without toppings is less than 200 calories, 6g carb, 23g protein and only 8g fat!!!
 And you’ll easily get two medium sized pizza bases from this batch.

You’ll need…

1 medium sized cauliflower, about 380-400g
½ cup grated cheese*
1 egg
1 egg white
¼ - ½ cup coriander
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
Dried mixed herbs
Tomato puree paste
Toppings of your choice (I went for mushroom, pepper, mozzarella, red onion, chicken, chorizo)
*use extra mature so you use less

make "breadcrumbs" from the cauliflower 

Pre heat the oven to 220*c

Chop the cauliflower up, breaking it up into the florets. Wash but make sure you pat them dry properly.
Add them to the food processor and blitz well until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the cauliflower to a large mixing bowl, along with the eggs, grated cheese, herbs, garlic and any other herbs you might want to you.

Mix well.

On a grease-proof paper lined baking tray, shape the mixture into a pizza base shape. I went for a more square shape than the traditional circle to maximise tray space.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. It should start to go a gorgeous golden brown colour.

 Take the base out of the oven. You should now have your perfect pizza base.

Spread the tomato puree or pizza sauce over the base to the edges, covering evenly.
Top with your ingredients and pop back into the oven for another 10 minutes to finish off.

the base done it is now ready for the toppings! 

This pizza was absolutely delicious and so simple to make. You honestly won’t be able to tell that the main ingredient is cauliflower! This is a definitely winner, even for fussy eaters!

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