I have to admit I haven’t always been on board when someone suggests I substitute a favorite ingredient for something more healthful. Don’t get me wrong sometimes it’s a giant hit (non-fat Greek yogurt can be a nice substitute for sour cream or mayonnaise), but other times it falls far short (I have a hard time using applesauce instead of butter or sugar when I bake.) But in the case of today’s recipe, I’m happy to say this healthful substitution is a home run.
It’s called Cauliflower Crust Pizza and it’s from my friend Tanya Friesen, the owner of Ette Lifestyle, a business which helps families lead healthier lives.
It sounds a little odd, but using cauliflower in your pizza crust is a great idea and it saves on calories and carbohydrates while increasing your fiber intake.
BBQ Chicken Cauliflower Pizza
1/2 LARGE head cauliflower (or 2+ cups shredded cauliflower)
1 large egg
1/4 cup Mozzarella 2% Shredded Cheese (or try another kind!)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
¼ cup Kraft Honey Barbecue Sauce
¼ cup Onion
4 oz. Deli-fresh Grilled Chicken Breast, diced (or use fresh)
1/2 cup 2% Mexican Style Shredded Cheese
1. Rice cauliflower into small crumbles. You can use the food processor if you’d like, but you
just want crumbles, not puree. You’ll need a total of about 2 cups or so of cauliflower crumbles
(which is about half a large head of cauliflower). Place the cauliflower crumbles in a large bowl
and microwave for 8 minutes.
2. Prepare the crust: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan
with nonstick spray or place a piece of parchment paper on pan. In a medium bowl, mix the
cauliflower crumbles with the remaining crust ingredients. Pat the “crust” into a 9 to 12-inch
round on the prepared pan. Bake cauliflower crust for 15 minutes (or until golden). Remove the
crust from the oven and turn the heat up to broil.
3. Prepare the pizza: Spread the BBQ sauce on top of the baked crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border
around the edge. Sprinkle chicken, onion and cheese on top. Broil the pizza 3 to 4 minutes,
or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Cut into 4 slices and serve
Nutritional Information: Serving Size ¼ of pizza, Serving Per Recipe: 4, Total Fat 6g, Total Carbohydrates
14g, Protein 16g.
Find this recipe and many more at facebook.com/ettelifestyle or learn more about losing weight without
losing the lifestyle by visiting www.ettelifestyle.com. Tanya will also be starting a new blog on Areavoices in the coming weeks.