Monday, July 16, 2012

Jack Sprat and his Wife (Cauliflower Pizza Crust)

My husband and I are like Jack Sprat and his wife.  Except I can eat few carbs and he is an endurance athlete who needs to eat 2-3,000 more calories than me and a LOT of carbs.  Needless to say, this is annoying when it comes to menu planning.  Notice that I say ANNOYING, but not impossible.  Last night's dinner was an example of how I do split recipes to meet both of our needs.  I made him a whole wheat pizza with regular pepperoni and then I made myself a low-carb cauliflower crust pizza with turkey pepperoni (HELLO, you can have 17 pepperonis for 70 calories, am I the only person astounded by this factoid?).
Our dinners, side by side.  Not too much difference, right?

The cauliflower crust pizza is a hybrid of two recipes.  The first one comes from the blog "What's That Smell?" All cheese crust.  The other recipe involves cauliflower and is from  I chose to make a hybrid of the two that kept the cauliflower and added cream cheese and an egg white as stabilizer.  

You will not be able to pick this up and eat it like pizza, but it will hit all of the flavor profiles that you love from pizza.  As a friend at work who I fed it to said, "It is almost like lasagna", I agree with that too!



1 small head of cauliflower, core removed and cut into florets. 

1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese

4 oz cream cheese

1 tbsp. freshly grated parmesan cheese
sprinkle of oregano
sprinkle of basil
1 egg white
salt to taste. 
1.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Place the cauliflower in the microwave safe bowl, cover.  Place in microwave and cook until the florets are soft (5-7min.).  Remove and set aside to cool. 

2. When the cauliflower is cool enough to handle, place it in a potato ricer and rice them.  I used a food mill and that worked okay, I should have used my die with the larger holes.  If you do not have a ricer or mill then go ahead and chop the cauliflower until it is small.  Drain any liquid that comes out. 

My handy dandy food mill that I have used 3x since I got it as a present 8 years ago. 

3.  To the cauliflower add the 4 oz. cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, salt, and egg white.  Mix until it is combined.  

4.  Spread the mixture out onto a greased baking sheet (it might not fill the whole sheet, no worries).  Sprinkle it with the herbs and parm.  Bake it for 15-20 minutes or until it is lightly browned and has some crispy edges (that is the BEST part).  Remove from the oven and turn the oven up to 400 degrees.

5.  Top it with whatever you like!  I used pizza sauce (1/2 cup for the whole pizza, if you are watching your carbs really closely, then you might want to just top it with sliced tomatoes), mozzarella cheese, and turkey pepperoni.  
Ready to go for the 2nd bake. 
**word of caution, if you like a LOT of veggies on your pizza I would precook them to remove some of the moisture.  This crust could get soggy, really easily.  

6.  Bake until it is bubbly and hot, about 15 min.  

7.  Remove from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.  
Looks like pizza, right?
This nutritional chart is for the pizza that is pictured above, pepperoni and cheese.  The serving size is 1/6 th of this pizza.  

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 129
Calories 241
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 14.33g22%
 Saturated Fat 8.373g42%
 Polyunsaturated Fat 0.431g 
 Monounsaturated Fat 3.63g 
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 631mg26%
Potassium 182mg 
Total Carbohydrate 8.38g3%
 Dietary Fiber 1.8g7%
 Sugars 3.49g 
Protein 19.2g 
Vitamin A 11%Vitamin C 29%
Calcium 50%Iron 5%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18

1 comment:

  1. I'm so impressed with your changes and how your taste buds have changed. I'm also proud of how you've persevered with making two meals to accommodate each other's "needs!"

    Just had to tell you that you are amazing!! Keep it up woman!!