So, I do not know about you, but when dinner time comes I feel ever so torn between wanting a light healthy meal and wanting comfort food. I am always craving pastas and toast, or pizza as stated, because it makes me feel warm and comfortable and ready for bed. It also makes me feel bloated and horrible for the next day. So I have given up night time carbs for soups – my favourite! – vegetables, salads and lots of eggs. However, I still crave my comfort food. Well yesterday I found the PERFECT alternative. Someone posted on my nutrition group a photo of the yummiest looking pizza but the base was made of cauliflower? WHAT? No flour, no yeast no carbs? BRILLIANT. I rushed to the supermarket after work today anxious to try this fantastic idea and believe me it works! It tastes so good, and if you are a thin crust pizza type of person, this is literally perfect! I loved the flavour of it and would advise anyone to try it.
I am so excited to share this carbs alternative with you foodies. So here is the recipe I adapted for the pizza base.
– One big cauliflower
– One mozarella cheese ball
– One egg
– Parmesan cheese.
For a pizza base for one you will need only half of a big cauliflower head. Grate the head and make sure you have filled two cups (mugs) with the grated cauliflower. Place it in the microwave for around 7 to 8 minutes, until the cauliflower goes soft. Leave to cool for 5 to ten minutes, and pour out any excess liquid from the bowl.
Add one whole egg, a handful of grated mozarella and a handful of grated parmesan. Season to your taste, I thought for a simple base a bit of salt and pepper is quite enough. Mix it all.
Prepare a baking tray with piece of baking paper. Butter the baking paper and pour mixture onto the tray. Pat lightly and spread it to form base of pizza. Cook in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 180 degrees – watch until crisp.
Remove from oven, add toppings and put in the oven for another 7 to 10 minutes.
For those of you who have no idea how to make a tomato based sauce, this is a very easy recipe suggestion.
– Passata – blitzed tomato you can find this with all the chunky tomato sauces
– Garlic Powder
For one pizza you need about a quarter of a bowl of passata, add all the seasonings and mix. Spread gently on base.
I made two of these tonight, as I have my parents to feed too. They LOVED IT. If you are uninspired for toppings ideas, here are mine:
– Mozarella Cheese
– Cherry Tomatoes
– Parma Ham – remember that the parma ham is not to be cooked. Cook all the other toppings in the oven and when it is ready, remove it from the oven and put the parma ham on top.
I hope you guys enjoy this alternative pizza recipe. It is to easy to make, it takes no time, and tastes great. This one is definitely one to repeat, and I cannot wait to experiment with different toppings. If you have any exciting recipes, please share them. I love cooking and trying new things and it is one of the things that brought me and my love together. Cooking is also extremely therapeutic, so please share your cooking ventures with us. Happy eating and reading.
Disclaimer: All photos used in this article are under Copywright of Diana Lava