Helloooo people of the internet!
I am here today to make you love life a little more: here is my recipe for pizza that has less than 500 calories! And not only that - it tastes like regular pizza, and is very healthy as well 😍
When I stopped eating gluten last February due to health problems, the thing I missed the most was pizza. Sure, I could make mini pizzas on rice cakes - but it was nothing like the delightful taste of that perfect mix of ketchup, cheese, and dough.
Well, a couple months ago a friend told me about pizza dough made from cauliflower, and I think I was never that grateful for something!
Trust me when I tell you that you can`t taste the cauliflower taste in the finished pizza, and that it is as tasty as it can get! And holy moly I never feel guilty after eating it because I know that I didn`t eat tons of bread-y dough that will make my insulin level go sky high (wad uuup fellow hyperinsulinemia sufferes!) and probably make me gain weight.
So here`s how to make it - it`ll take you less than an hour, but it`s worth it I sweat!
You`ll need (as pictured below):
- Raw cauliflower -I use about 150 grams for one portion/one pizza for only myself (about 250 grams should be enough for a big pizza)
- Mushrooms - 100-ish grams
- Cheese - 60 grams (I used 30 this time because I didn`t have more) - or tofu if you`re vegan
- Ketchup - to your taste
- Oregano - 2-3 tablespoons (or less, to your taste)
- Mixed seeds - sesame, flax, sunflower (just because I`m obsessed with seeds)
- Two egg whites (3 if you`re using 250g of cauliflower)
- Ham (or no ham if you`re vegan)
|Sesame, flax & sunflower seeds|
How to make it:
1) Put 2 cups of water in a pot, until it starts boiling
2) Cut cauliflower into smaller pieces and ground it. You can use a blender if you have, but you can also use the manual one (I have no idea what it`s called in English, but you can see a picture below - please do tell me in the comments what`s the name of it if you know :) )
3) By the time you`re done grounding the cauliflower, the water should be boiled - move the pot on a cold part of the stove and pour the cauliflower in it.
Let it chill there for 5 minutes (while you are waiting, you have just the right amount of time to clean the blender! ;)
4) Take an empty pot, and put a strainer and a cloth (I made mine form an old pillowcase) in the strainer and pour the cauliflower&water in it.
5) Now this step is a bit tricky, but also fun: twist the cloth until all the water comes out, like on the pictures below. You can wait for the cauliflower to get cold before you do it, but I am used to doing it while the cauliflower is still hot because I am always so hungry and cannot wait to eat it asap hahah
6) After you`ve got all the water out (well, most of it anyhow) put the cauliflower in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of oregano, two eggwhites and 30 grams of cheese, a bit of salt, and mix it all together.
I didn`t put the cheese this time and it worked just fine, except it did glue to the baking paper.
7) Put the baking paper on baking tray and pout the mixture on it, and bake for 10-15 minutes on teperature of 250 degrees Celsius (480 degrees Fahrenheit?). Depending on how long your over takes to heath up, you can preheat it while the cauliflower is chilling in the water.
8) Once you take it out of the oven, flip the dough so that the part that was down is now facing up (to the ceiling), and start putting your toppings!
Of course you don`t have to put the same toppings as me, nor in the same quantities. I just love a ton of mushrooms and a ton of oregano hahah, but you can put whatever`s your heart`s desire.
9) Bake it for about 5 minutes and... AND IT IS DONE!!! Don`t forget to turn off the oven after you`re done!! It happened once to me, but luckily nothing bad happened. Now I always make sure to check everything at least 4 times - better safe than sorry!
I bet you`ll like the 10th step the most because it`s:
10) Time to eat the pizza! 😊
I have a little tip for you: make a bunch of these at once (just the baked dough, without the toppings ) and store them in the freezer, so that when you feel like eating pizza you can just pop one out and have finished pizza in less than 10min!
What do you think, will you be brave enough to try cauliflower-dough pizza? I believe in you! YOU CAN DO IT!!
If you do, please let me know how it went, I`ll be happy to hear your cauliflower adventures :) If it doesn`t turn out perfect the first time, don`t go into despair, it`ll be better next time.
- Lena xx