Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cauliflower Pizza With Creamy Pesto Sauce

The popular cauliflower pizza that you find via Google includes cauliflower, eggs, and lots of cheese. So, to lower the fat and calories (and to leave room for yummy topping) I left them out. Not needed after all! The guys over at Neat were kind enough to send me over some samples of their "Neat Egg" which is a vegan egg substitute. I'm not vegan, but it's fun to play with new ingredients and know what's available (and tastes good) for my vegan clients. But, regular eggs will probably work just fine.

Now, about the sauce: I LOVE pesto. It's obviously higher in calories, so mixing it with Greek yogurt helps spread the pesto flavor while using a smaller serving size. The yogurt also adds some extra protein, calcium, and creaminess to your meal. You can use this sauce for pasta, veggies, chicken, fish- just about anything!


Cauliflower Pizza with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped (remove stem)
2 Neat Eggs (or two whole eggs)
3/4 teaspoon basil
3/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoon store bought pesto
1/4 cup grated parmesan

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Place the cauliflower in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add to a microwave safe bowl and cook for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly (so you don't burn yourself) then SQUEEZE out all the moisture with all the strength you have. I put it in a dish towel and squeeze it over the sink. Getting all the moisture out is KEY.
3. Combine the cauliflower, the Neat Eggs (or eggs), and spices until you form a dough. Divide the dough in half and roll into two balls. Add the balls to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (I used foil sprayed with cooking spray, but parchment is better). Flatten and gently form into pizza shapes. You got to baby it. Be gentle. Cook for 40-45 minutes or until golden and firm.
4. Mix together the pesto and Greek yogurt. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.
5. When the pizza crust is done, remove from the oven and increase heat to 450 F. Spread the creamy pesto evenly among both pizzas. Top each with two tablespoons of parmesan cheese. Place in the oven for 8-9 more minutes or when cheese starts to bubble.