For awhile, I have wanted to make a gluten-free cauliflower pizza crust. It seems to be one of the new trends in eating healthy. It also seems like a good way to get my kids to eat more cauliflower! I came across a recipe posted by Dr. Mercola and my daughter begged me to make it yesterday. Of course, I adapted the recipe. Who follows a recipe to the T?
With the cauliflower crust pizza, not only are you skipping the unhealthiest element of pizza – the crust – but you’re replacing it with a powerhouse veggie.
One serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese.
Cauliflower also contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth. A study published in Carcinogenesis found sulforaphane may reduce the incidence and rate of chemically induced mammary tumors in animals. It also inhibits the growth of cultured human breast cancer cells, leading to cell death.
Organic Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
Makes two pizzas
- one head of cauliflower (I used cheddar cauliflower)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups parmesan cheese (or mozzarella)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
- Line two cookie sheets or pizza pans with parchment paper
- Shred cauliflower in food processor or by hand
- Lightly steam the cauliflower and cool
- Combine cooked cauliflower, cheese, eggs, and pepper to taste.
- Divide the mixture in half. Pat into two 10-12 inch rounds on the parchment paper.
- Brush the tops lightly with olive oil
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden
- Top with you favorite pizza toppings and bake another 10 minutes.
The cheddar cauliflower gave the pizzas a nice color. This is definitely pizza you have to eat with a fork (it holds together when cold), but it give a whole new twist on pizza and cauliflower! My daughter was less than enthusiastic, but she ate two pieces, as did her dad. My picky eater son wouldn’t even try it.