Post #2! My First Recipe…Cauliflower Pizza

Well, I’ve made it past post #1. That’s a good first step right? Today, I’m going to share a recipe for Cauliflower Pizza.  I spent time with a friend last week and she was telling about trying this recipe and how good it was.  I’m all about cooking/food adventures and trying new things but was worried about the hubby’s reaction, so I decided to make one for lunch while he was a work.  My 3 girls LOVED it! I loved it.  It doesn’t leave you with a “full-gross”  feeling like bread dough does on a regular pizza.  Plus it’s better for you!

So last night for the second time in a week, I made one for the hubby! He missed the “crunch” (he has a thing about “crispy” things) but he did enjoy it.  So here goes.

NOTE: I haven’t figured out how to make a recipe printable so if you are going to print this, copy and paste! Ignore the photography. I just broke out my iPhone for pics.

First I bought the steamer bag of cauliflower in the frozen food section.  A head of cauliflower at my local Kroger was almost $4! Steamer bags were $1.29 (I used 2 for my pizza but I wanted a large and thicker one).

While the cauliflower was cooking in the microwave, I made my pizza sauce.  This is the sauce that my mom made.  It’s simple, cheap, good and healthy! It’s simply a can of tomato sauce, a few drops of Worcestershire, and some fresh oregano, basil and parsley ( can use dried Italian seasoning if you don’t have fresh).  Mix together and let sit while everything else is being prepared.  Cost >$1

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Once your cauliflower is steamed, run it through your food processor or grate with a grater.  You want the cauliflower to be rice-like and fine. The next step is kinda tough.  You want to cauliflower to lose as much moisture as possible. Last week I squeezed it through a strainer.  Last night I squeezed it through some cheesecloth…both methods came out about the same (strainer was cleaner) but next time I need to take out more.  The more moisture you remove, the better (drier) the crust will be.

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Add in your spices, cheeses and egg, mix it all together and form it into a pizza crust on a parchment lined pizza stone (or pan, cookie sheet…whatever you have).

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While your crust is making..gather up your toppings.  My hubby loves traditional pizza.

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After your crust is browned around the edges and firm, add your toppings and heat through.  Make sure cheese is melted and bubbly.  Let sit on counter for a few minutes to set and dinner is done!  Warning!  This is a time consuming meal! It took me about 45 minutes from start to finish to complete….but totally worth it! Total cost! $6 more or less.  Fed me, the hubby, and my toddler with 4 slices left over.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups grated or ground cauliflower (use cheese grater or food processor) *I cooked 2 bags.
  • 1/2 t each of dried basil, oregano (or fresh if available)
  • 1/4 C each of  shredded Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Steam cauliflower (I bought the steamer bag in frozen food section) Easy for cleanup also. When fully steamed, strain as much liquid out of the cauliflower as possible.  You want it dry.  Strain through a strainer, squeeze through a dry towel, let drain through paper towels.
  3. Place cauliflower in a bowl and fluff with a fork.  Add spices and cheeses.  Mix well and taste. Salt accordingly.  Add egg and stir to blend completely.
  4. Press mixture out onto pizza stone, pan or cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick spray.  Press out into 1/4 inch or slightly thicker.  Keep mixture together and layer even.
  5. Cook in oven and bake until golden brown.  It took mine about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, add your toppings and cook through. Let rest a few minutes to set, slice and eat!

Pizza Sauce:

  • Can of tomato sauce
  • Herbs: I used basil, oregano and parsley.  Could use dried Italian Seasoning as well.
  • Few drops of Worcestershire sauce to taste

Mix and let sit while pizza crust is being prepared.

 

 

Welcome To My Adventure

Life is an adventure…at least that is how we desire our lives to be, right? Who wants to lie on their deathbed and be happy that they took the easy road and made no memories along the way?  I’m all about making memories.  My parents instilled that in me at an early age.  From family vacations to the beach, Disney World, amusement parks and all places in between to picnics in the back of my dad’s pickup truck, I have lots of childhood adventures in my memory.  I’ve made it a point to do the same with my daughters.  We’ve done things together that I hope and pray that when they are old they will remember and think back on  fondly.  This is really the main reason, I’ve decided to start “blogging.”

I always thought it would be cool to write a book, especially a really cool murder/mystery/”who-done-it” one but the ideas never flowed..not yet anyway.  But I do love to write.  I began a pretty intense bible study journey in January of 2015 and discovered that I really do love writing. I’ll get in the “zone” and just start typing away.  I can read my posts days later and not even believe that I wrote it.  It’s like the Holy Spirit takes over and uses my fingers to type His message.  I’ve never experienced that before and I love it.  I crave it!  I wake up every morning excited about what God has planned to reveal to me that day.  And I want those adventure for my daughters to read one day….even my grand babies!  They say what you put on the internet lasts forever and I’m counting on that.  This blog, this presence may be the only tangible evidence of me fifty years from now.  I want my daughters when they are in their 40’s, struggling with life and “stuff” to be able to read over these posts and see that their mother went through the same thing.  That she struggled with time management, stress and the all important question of the day, “What’s for dinner?”

So this begins as a love letter to my daughters.  A glimpse into my world…my feelings, my methods to my madness and the incredible love and pride I feel when I look at them.  Please know that this adventure may be rough around the edges.  I babble…a lot!  I am a Type A,  ADHD (adult-onset, self diagnosed), stressed out and TIRED Mama!   I’m not striving for magazine perfect photography or award winning journalism…NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! This adventure is sure to evolve and may be neglected from time to time.  This may be my one and only post!  Who knows?!?!  My only goal is to be honest and real and give anyone who reads this a piece of me!