Protein Power Pizza recipe!
Happy 2015! I’ve been busy giving IgniteGirls.com a mini-makeover and prepping for my upcoming exercise glossary photoshoot for the IgniteGirls+ members. I’m still working on this whole mommy/driven-working-chick thing. It’s really tough to balance it all, hence my scarce blog posts.
So how about you.. have you gotten your focus back after the holidays? If not, I have an awesome, healthy recipe below that you will definitely want to try.
I’ve tried a bunch of alternative pizza crusts, from homemade to store-bought simply to save on carbs, calories and stick to the IgniteGirls nutrition plan without giving up my favorite foods. (I still order full-fat, full-sugar, glutinous pizza too, but if my treats for the week are tapped out, this is a good alternative.) In my quest to find the perfect pizza crust, I once made one with flaxseed meal and there are no words to describe how disgusting it was. My dog, Kaley, wouldn’t even eat it! It was crumbly, gritty and tasted like a mouthful of salt sand. Yuck. I’ve tried making homemade pizzas on wraps too only to find that they are impossible to transfer from cookie sheet to plate, or vice versa. They also tear easily once the pizza sauce and other toppings are on it. I’ve also tried a gluten-free, powdered pizza crust where you “just add water” and voila! (Actually that one was pretty good, but it was like $10 for a pizza and I think I had to like knead it or let it sit forever, I forget – but what a pain in the ass!) Then for awhile I just gave up and bought a whole wheat Boboli crust because at least could withstand sauce and toppings.. but I knew there had to be a better way to make a homemade crust. Soo, here we are. I decided to try this recipe from LaurenConrad.com with some of my own edits.
Pizza is like oatmeal – there are endless options! (I love me some oatmeal. And pizza.)
- 2 cups cooked, riced cauliflower
- 2 cups shredded Lifetime fat-free cheddar cheese
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
- olive oil
- non-stick cooking oil spray
- Simply Balanced organic sauce (I used Arrabiata for some added kick)
- fresh mozzarella (or other cheese like feta, goat, etc.)
- other toppings (I did diced orange bell pepper, mushrooms and grilled chicken)
To “rice” the cauliflower (this was messier than I had anticipated, especially because I had to rice it in three batches due to a small food processor):
- Take a large head of fresh cauliflower, remove the stems and leaves and chop the florets into larger chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like cous cous. Don’t over process the cauliflower or you will puree it. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater).
- Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 7-8 minutes. One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
To form the crust:
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet or 9″ pizza round with non-stick cooking oil spray.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the cauliflower, eggs and shredded cheese. Next add oregano, basil and crushed garlic, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9″ round. Brush olive oil over top for browning. (I wish I had made my pizza crust a bit thinner here, because although the edges were beautifully crispy, browned and tasty, the center was a tiny bit mushy.)
- Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes. Then remove from oven and add sauce, pre-cooked toppings and cheese onto the crust. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted.
Also, I wanted to mention that there is also a promo going on for any new members that join the IgniteGirls+ training program, which includes monthly downloadable packets, access to the members’ dashboard, a visual exercise glossary, support, motivation, accountability and TONS more.
If you join IgniteGirls+, you receive a FREE 30-day trial and 2 yummy BareBelle lip balms. Offer expires 1/15/15.
If you join IgniteGirls+ Premium, you receive $50 off their enrollment fee (which covers a phone call with me, an extensive nutrition consultation and a custom meal plan – use code “gametime” at checkout), plus a “Quinoa, kale & coffee” grocery tote and 2 lip balms. I only have 3 spots left for this membership though so I can ensure quality coaching and personal attention. Offer expires 1/15/15.