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Healthy Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe

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Bite it! Hungry Girl's Cauliflower Crust Pizza
HG's Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Caul' Me Up!

Cauliflower continues to take over the world, and today it's slashing carbs -- bigtime! Pizza may never be the same...

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes

Ingredients:
Crust
5 cups roughly chopped cauliflower (about 1 medium head)
1/4 cup (about 2 large) egg whites
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt

Topping
1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning 
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Working in batches as needed, pulse cauliflower in a food processor until reduced to the consistency of coarse breadcrumbs.

Transfer cauliflower to a large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave for 3 1/2 minutes.

Uncover and stir. Re-cover and microwave for another 3 1/2 minutes, or until hot and soft.

Transfer cauliflower to a fine-mesh strainer, and thoroughly drain. Using a clean dish towel (or paper towels), press out as much moisture as possible. (There will be a lot of excess liquid.)

Return cauliflower to the bowl, and add remaining crust ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

To form the crusts, evenly divide cauliflower mixture into two circles on the parchment-lined baking sheet, each about 1/4-inch thick and 7 inches in diameter.

Bake until the tops have browned, about 35 minutes.
 
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine crushed tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. Mix well.

Spread seasoned tomatoes over each crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.

Bake until cheese has melted and crust is crispy, 5 - 7 minutes.

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 pizza (1/2 of recipe)
Calories: 269
Fat: 11g
Sat Fat: 6.5g
Sodium: 826mg
Carbs: 21.5g 
Fiber: 8g
Sugars: 9.5g
Protein: 24.5g

PointsPlus® value 7*
SmartPoints® value 6*

Don't have a fine-mesh strainer? Click here to buy an inexpensive one on Amazon! You can also skip that step by using a clean dish towel to wring out the water. To do this, first let the cauliflower cool. Then transfer it to the center of the dish towel, and wrap the towel up around it. Wring it out over the sink, getting rid of as much liquid as possible.

Fight it! Cheese Pizza, Average
Cheese Pizza, Average

Too Cheesy…

The world needs pizza -- it's a fact. That combo of melty cheese, zesty tomato sauce, and crispy crust is magical. The problem is that standard cheese and conventional crust pack too many calories, especially considering one little slice of pizza ain't gonna cut it; we want several slices or, even better, our own personal pizza. That's why we came up with this new recipe. Instead of putting veggies on top, we put 'em on the bottom! Our cauliflower crust pizza is so darn flavorful, you may very well lose your mind. Make it ASAP, and you'll think twice the next time those pizza-delivery flyers start calling your name.

Serving Size: 1 personal pizza
Calories: 610
Fat: 23.5g
Sodium: 1,190mg
Carbs: 74g
Fiber: 3.5g
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 24g

PointsPlus® value 16*

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