Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes: Part 3

Happy Friday Everyone!  Today is part three of our healthy summer dinner series over at Glamour.com.  Today I’m showing you one of my favorite new recipes - a unique and healthy upgrade on pizza. Believe it or not, the crust made out of cauliflower!  Gluten Free and low carb friends, rejoice!!  It may sound a bit strange, but I promise you this recipe is completely delicious and relatively easy to make.  Brooks loved it too, making it a kid friendly favorite at my house.

Just in case you missed our first two posts, you can get caught up with all the yummy recipes here: Summer Dinner Recipes Part 1 & Summer Dinner Recipes Part 2.

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Fresh Basil & Mozzarella Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

This is a perfect dish for vegetarians and the gluten free sect.  Thank you, Stephanie Esparza for telling me about this magic approach to pizza crust.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese mix
  • 2 Teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup rough chopped parsley
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 large ball fresh mozzarella
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Chop cauliflower into medium size pieces and place half into food processor. Pulse until cauliflower is about the size of rice.  Set aside and pulse remaining half.
  • Steam cauliflower for 5 minutes and strain with fine mesh strainer.
  • Place all the cauliflower onto a piece of cheesecloth or clean dishtowel.  (*This is key to the entire recipe. Very important to follow) Twist up the towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out all excess moisture.
  • In a large bowl combine the cauliflower, shredded cheese mix, parsley, garlic and salt and pepper.  If the mixture is not sticking together then add a beaten egg slowly.
  • Take your “pizza crust” mixture and press it onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet into the desired shape of your pizza crust.  Keep crust about 1/3” thick.
  • Bake crust for approximately 30 minutes.  Crust should be pretty firm and golden brown when ready.
  • Now add the tomato sauce, sliced fresh mozzarella and chopped basil or any of your favorite toppings.

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