Per serving: 92 calories –  8g protein – 4g fat – 9g carbs

Happy Independence Day everyone! This holiday weekend turned out to be such a great time for getting together with several friends and all of our family. But along with all that social activity brought more than it’s fare share of barbecues, dinner parties, and pizza cookouts. Talk about an endless stream of temptation!  Next time you’re stuck going somewhere with unhealthy party foods, try this recipe for Lean and Green Cauliflower Pizza Crust and bring something delicious to add to the table. It makes a huge sturdy pizza crust you can load with fresh tomato sauce, lean meats, veggies and even a little cheese.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust from EatingLeanandGreen.com
One of our many celebrations this weekend was hosting my family for a pizza cookout in the back yard. While almost everyone was able to enjoy regular pizza with all the gooey toppings and chewy crust from our brick oven, my brother and I were determined to keep it lean and green. He is training for a body building show in the fall, and I am on a strict summer cleanse in preparation for my 40th birthday, which is just around the corner in September. (I’m not thrilled about getting that old, not one bit, so I am determined to bring some enjoyment with a challenge to look and feel better than I did when I turned 30.) In any case, it was the perfect excuse to try my hand at making cauliflower pizza! I made the crust a day ahead of time and I let my brother add the toppings at the party. We tossed in the oven for a few minutes and spent the rest of the day enjoying several hot slices of lean and green pizza goodness!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust from EatingLeanandGreen.com
If you’ve made my recipe for cauliflower tortillas and tacos tacos, you’ll see that this recipe and cooking methods are very similar.  A raw head of cauliflower gets rinsed, chopped, cooked and squeezed dry until you are left with a thick grainy substance that can be mashed and formed into almost anything. In this case, it gets mixed with eggs and a few seasonings before it is roasted in the oven to become a pizza crust.  Here is a quick overview of what the steps look like. It involves a little elbow grease and time spent in the kitchen, but getting to eat pizza is well worth the effort!
Cauliflower Pizza Crust from EatingLeanandGreen.com
For those of you following the Medifast 5 and 1 Plan with Take Shape for Life, this cauliflower pizza crust recipe makes 5 servings, each with 2 1/2 veggie portions, 2 1/2 condiments, and about 1/4 serving of protein. If you want to round out them to make a complete lean and green meal,  I suggest adding 3 servings of veggies with sauce and toppings, 5 oz. of low-fat cheese as a meatless protein, and 3 additional protein servings as toppings or on the side.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust from EatingLeanandGreen.com
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Nothing but veggies, meat and a dash of cheese go into the crust and toppings for this delicious pizza.
Servings Prep Time
5 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Cauliflower Pizza Crust from EatingLeanandGreen.com
Lean & Green Cauliflower Pizza
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Nothing but veggies, meat and a dash of cheese go into the crust and toppings for this delicious pizza.
Servings Prep Time
5 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 500° and microwave the cauliflower in a glass or ceramic bowl for 8 minutes on high.
  2. Spread hot cauliflower on a linen kitchen towel or thick cheese cloth to cool.
  3. Draw up the corners of the towel to make a bundle of cauliflower in the middle. Twist the bundle and begin to wring it out over a sink. Continue to twist and press it for a few minutes until you can't get any more water to squeeze out. (The cauliflower should shrink to about half of its starting size.)
  4. Transfer the cauliflower to a blender or food processor. Add all remaining ingredients and puree. (Add an additional egg white if you need to keep things moving.) Turn the machine off and use a spatula to scrape the sides and fold in big chunks as you go. The mixture should be very thick and smooth, almost like mashed potatoes.
  5. Use a large flat cookie sheet or pizza pan to bake the crust. Cover it with parchment paper and lightly coat in cooking spray.
  6. Spread the cauliflower slowly and evenly with a spatula until the dough is about 1/2" thick. Work from the center and push outward in a circular motion to spread it without creating any holes.
  7. Bake the crust for 20-25 minutes until it turns a golden color and the edges pick up some dark brown spots. The crust can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before adding toppings, or you can make your pizza immediately.
  8. To finish the pizza, add pureed tomatoes, veggies, lean meats such as chicken sausage, along with a little shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 minutes in a 500° oven. Cut into 12 slices and serve 3 for each portion.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Lean & Green Cauliflower Pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 268mg 11%
Potassium 384mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 93%
Calcium 5%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Lean & Green Cauliflower Pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 268mg 11%
Potassium 384mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 93%
Calcium 5%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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