Must Try: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Two factors that play a critical role in determining your overall health:
– What you put on your body
– What you put in your body

That’s where skin care and food have a lot in common. Just like using quality skin care products are important to healthy skin, so is eating healthy. With so many dietary restrictions, allergies, diets and programs out there today, it’s hard to find a recipe that many can enjoy.

Cauliflower pizza though…well, it’s something you have to try if you haven’t already. Especially if you’re hosting a dinner party to guests that you know have dietary restrictions (that don’t include not eating cauliflower, that is).

You and your loved ones can feel good snacking on this healthy option; and dinner guests will love it as an appetizer or as a build your own pizza night entree.

Plus, pizza is always a good idea. And this recipe is a crowd pleaser! Especially during this time of year when the weather is getting nicer and more people are coming out of hibernation to get together, whether for dinner parties or to watch that next big game. Whether it’s the NHL or NBA playoffs that are taking place this month, you and your loved ones can feel good snacking on this healthy option; and dinner guests will love it as an appetizer or as a build your own pizza night entree.

So here’s a recipe we found and tried (over and over and over again) from mindbodygreen.

We’ll just share the crust, because you can top it with WHATEVER toppings you love (we’d just recommend you sauté all toppings first).

What you need:

Food processor
9-inch cake ring, or round pizza pan

Ingredients:

400g cauliflower florets
¼ cup almond meal
¼ cup Pecorino cheese, grated
2 eggs
Salt and pepper

Directions:
1. In a food processor, process the cauliflower into an even crumb. Once it looks a bit like quinoa and has a fine, granular texture, turn the machine off. Alternatively, you can use a hand-grater, if you don’t own a food processor.

2. In a large bowl, combine the processed cauliflower, almond meal, and cheese, and mix well. At this point, season it to taste with salt and pepper—remember, there’s a fair amount of salt in the cheese, so season gradually.

3. Once you’re happy with the level of seasoning, add in your eggs and mix well to combine.

4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cake ring in the center of it. Now, scoop the cauliflower mixture into the ring and pat it out evenly. Try to give yourself a bit of a raised edge around the outside by gently pushing the mixture ever-so-slightly up the sides of the ring. This will ensure that the egg stays on the pizza when you add it later.

5. Using a paper towel, blot any excess moisture from the pizza crust by pressing into it gently. Cauliflower contains a lot of water, and you want to get rid of some of it before you bake it.

6. Remove the ring and bake the crust until golden around the edges, about 30 minutes.

7. Put all pre-cooked meats or pre-sautéed vegetables over top, top with cheese (if you want) and throw back in the oven for 10 minutes.

This delicious, healthy recipe is fun to make alongside friends and family. We hope you enjoy it.

Here’s to healthy eating and healthy skin!

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