Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lo Carb Pizza ( GF too)

This pizza which is low in carbohydrates can also be made low calorie, and of course its gluten free. It is so delicious, you won't have to feel guilty about eating it!

cheese and sauce cauliflower pizza

I love pizza, but I try to stay away from eating even gluten free pizza crust because it fattening and just packs on the pounds. This Pizza recipe doesn't! It tastes great and is gluten free and can be made very low calorie or very low carb. It is a dieter's dream come true.

The crust is made with a secret ingredient that is very healthy and tasty.
Instead of using flour to make a pizza crust , this low carbohydrate ( or low calorie version)  uses cauliflower. Yes, frozen or fresh!

Even if you are not a cauliflower lover, don't stop reading. It doesn't taste like cauliflower.You will love this crust and not even know the cauliflower is in there! It's a great way to sneak in extra vegetables for the family and a great way to reduce the amount of calories and carbohydrates in your meal. I adapted this recipe from a recipe I saw on a Jaime Carbarella's blog " Your Lighter Side" 

Here is my version.

Ingredients  
1 pkg. frozen cauliflower, steamed and drained
1/3 cup vegetable style egg beaters ( or 1 egg, beaten)
1 cup grated pizza cheese ( fat free or regular)
a few shakes of Trader Joe's 21 Salute  Seasoning or
1 tsp. oregano
Topping:
Marinara Sauce
1/2 cup grated pizza cheese
sauteed mushrooms or other sauteed vegetables


Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Drain water ( squeeze out) from steamed cauliflower.
Grate cauliflower in food processor  ( like you would grated carrots for coleslaw)
Place in bowl and try to press out any liquid.
Mix egg beaters, grated cheese and seasoning with the grated cauliflower. Mix well
Spread batter in a oiled 8X8 metal baking pan
Bake for 15 minutes
Remove from oven.
Spread with marinara sauce,  grated pizza cheese, and any sauteed vegetables of choice

Put back in oven at 500 degrees for 5 minutes until cheese melts.


Step By Step Pictures
cauliflower in a steamer basket
Steam Cauliflower



Grate Cauliflower in Food Processor

Grated Cauliflower

Mix with Egg Beaters, Grated Cheese, and Seasonings

Spread Mixture Into a Greased Metal Baking Pan

Remove From Pan Before Adding Toppings or Leave in Pan

Add Marinara Sauce and Grated Cheese ( and any sauteed vegetable toppings if desired)
Return to oven on oven proof dish or pan at 500 degrees for another 5 minutes


Can You Believe It ! Enjoy 


19 comments:

  1. Hi Judee,
    Your Pizza looks amazing and I would really like to try it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us here at Full Plate Thursday. You have a great week end and please come back!

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  2. I saw your post at paisley. (i posted this over there, but wanted to make sure you saw it ;-)

    i just learned of my wheat intolorence and pizza is my absolute favorite food. you can imagine my devastation! I'll be trying this recipe tomorrow. i might even blog about.

    <3 dani

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  3. Thanks for taking the time to post on my site too. This is a vegetable crust pizza, but there are lots of gluten free dough crusts as well.. enjoy..

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  4. Wow. I've never heard of making a pizza crust from cauliflower. It looks really good!

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  5. What a great idea! I'm not too surprised since I've seen cauliflower used as a low carb substitute in other recipes. I'll have to give this a try sometime. Thanks for participating in Gluten-Free Wednesdays. I'm going to highlight this recipe in this week's post.

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  6. I'd like to make this recipe but am not quite sure with the fresh cauliflower. Are you steaming the fresh cauliflower first or just grating it.

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  7. Linda,
    Thanks for highlighting my recipe.
    I love your blog and Gluten Free Wednesdays.

    Judee

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  8. Bethany,

    I usually steam my cauliflower and then drain out any liquid. Although I have never done it, I have heard you can grate the cauliflower raw and use it. If you do , let me know how it comes out..
    Judee

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  9. Hi Judee!
    I love your recipes.... I'll try them all.
    Thanks for sharing.
    More ideas to deal with the gluten problem.....
    Thanks
    Andreia

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  10. Andreia,

    I'm glad that you like my recipes.

    I also have a gluten free recipe archive at www.mycommandments.info that you can visit..

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