2.22.2012

Greek Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Well it has been quite some time since I posted, and I'm sorry for my delay on telling everyone about my adventures with cauliflower pizza.  As I said in my last post, one weekend when I visited my parents in my hometown we tried making pizza with cauliflower crust.  The crust turned out great, and the toppings even better!  However, the recipe we used for the cauliflower crust pizza had quite a bit of cheese in it (approximately 1/2 c per serving), so I decided to try to make a more nutritarian-friendly cauliflower pizza crust.  I tried using silkened tofu as my hold-together ingredient to replace the cheese, and replaced the egg that the original recipe called for with a flax egg.  My recipe did not turn out so great.  It wouldn't spread across the pan very easily, so it was thicker than the original cheese one and turned out more like a casserole than a pizza.  Oh well, I still ate it because the toppings are downright delicious!  

If you would like a vegan cauliflower crust recipe that looks a little more successful than mine, try Happy Go Lucky Vegan's cauliflower crust.  I'll be using her recipe next time I give it a try.  If cauliflower crust doesn't seem like your thing, stick with a whole wheat pita or other pizza crust and load it up with healthy plant-strong toppings!  Here is my favorite topping combo (and pictures of the original cauliflower crust).

Greek Pizza
(serves 4)
Ingredients:
Pesto:
3 c fresh packed basil
1 c walnuts, unsalted
1/2 c almond milk
2 cloves garlic
1/2 t white pepper
1/2 t black pepper
salt to taste

Toppings:
1 can artichoke hearts, canned in water
1/4 c kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1/4 red onion, thinly chopped
several mushrooms, roughly chopped

Directions:  Prepare and bake the crust as specified by your recipe.  In a food processor, combine the ingredients for the pesto sauce and process until creamy and smooth.  Smear the pesto onto the pizza crust and pile on the toppings.  Broil on high for 10-15 minutes, or until the toppings begin to brown.  Allow to cool, serve, and enjoy!

Amy's Notes:  Below is how our pizza crust process went:


Hopefully my pizza cauliflower experience has given you inspiration to give it a try!  I know I'm looking forward to making it again sometime soon.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?  (Oh, and do you like the new design of my blog title?)

8 comments:

  1. love the new look! following your blog now using something called bloglovin (it compiles all of the blogs that I follow into one daily e-mail with a list of all the new posts). Also looking forward to having fun with you on pinterest!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! It took me quite a while to figure out how to do something more creative in photoshop ;).
      That's so interesting that you can get all of your followed blogs in one email, I'll have to look into bloglovin sometime soon.
      Also, I just got into Pinterest, and so far it is an unhealthy obsession... but it leads me to great healthy recipes, so I guess that cancels it out. I'm looking forward to following you too.

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  2. Wow, I'm impressed with your blog!!! Love the sequential cooking preparation steps! Very nice!
    Sue in Ohio
    www.sunnyhawklane.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Sue, it's always nice to hear that readers think I'm doing well. I look forward to reading your blog some more. - Amy

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  3. This looks great! I love the greek style toppings - I'll have to try that. Thanks also for the mention. :)

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  4. That looks good. I wonder how a hash brown crust would be? Since I'm just starting the 6 weeks, I won't be able to have a very big piece with hashbrowns. Guess I'll try the cauliflower crust. Thank you for the time you spend on the blog. It is a big help to us beginners.

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    1. Hey Pattsy, I've never tried hash brown crust, so be sure to tell me how it works for you if you do! Do remember that cooked cauliflower also counts as a starchy vegetable (along with potatoes and cooked carrots), which should be consumed in limited (1 cup per day) amounts if you are strictly adhering to the Eat to Live 6-week plan.

      It's wonderful to hear that my blog is a good resource for you and other beginners. Believe me, I know it can be a bit overwhelming at first, but after a while, eating this way will be second nature!

      Best, Amy

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  5. Wow that sounds amazing! Thanks!

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