Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Fresh Tomato and Basil

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups riced cauliflower (use a grater or food processor for this – I use the prepackaged kind)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cook for about 7-8 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

In the meantime, cut tomato into thin slices and remove basil leaves from stems.

Once cauliflower is cool, mix in egg, 1 cup mozzarella, parmesean and garlic powder. Transfer mixture to your baking sheet and pat into 10 inch round. Brush top of Crust lightly with olive oil. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and add tomato sauce, 1/4 cup mozzarella and sliced tomato. Bake another 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Add fresh basil and serve!

Torally healthy pizza party!

Brussels Sprouts & Bacon Pizza

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Brussels sprouts.  There are a lot of mixed feelings on this little green veggie, most of which stem from having been force fed as a child.  As it turns out, neither one of my parents cared for them, so I didn’t have to suffer this trauma.  I had my first Brussels sprout at 32 when my now sister-in-law made them for Thanksgiving.  In the interest of full disclosure, they were roasted in bacon fat so they were hard not to love.

After that, I went through a pretty hardcore Brussels sprouts phase.  Not being a big veggie fan, I’ve discovered that I’ll eat most vegetables when they’re roasted.  I skipped the bacon fat, mainly because it seemed like too much trouble, and roasted them in good old olive oil instead. This was usually done when Hubs wasn’t home because he was one of the unfortunate traumatized children and can’t stand the smell, even though it still smelled plenty when he got home.

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Like all phases, Brussels sprouts came and went.  I moved on to less stinky veggies, like zucchini and spaghetti squash.  My frozen pizza phase is the only one that has truly stood the test of time.  I love frozen pizza more than anyone ever should.  It’s my dirty little secret.  I’m not ashamed.

So speaking of pizza, I stumbled across a recipe for Brussels sprouts pizza with optional bacon.  Why anyone would make bacon option, I’ll never know.  I kid – I heart all you vegans out there.  Anyway, so Hubs was working last night and I thought that to be the perfect time to break out the Brussels and try this in a feeble attempt to eat healthy.  I tweaked it here and ended up with the most delicious, guilt-free meal.  For real, these ain’t your mama’s Brussels.

I loved it so much, I’m making it again tomorrow night.  Trust me, you’ll never look at Brussels sprouts the same way again.

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Brussels Sprouts & Bacon Pizza

(adapted from Kitchen Treaty)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Flatout Wrap
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella
  • 1/3 sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 cup shaved Brussels sprouts
  • 1-1 1/2 Tbsp Real Bacon Bits (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix the olive oil with the minced garlic.

Place wrap on a baking sheet and brush the top with a little of the olive oil garlic mixture.

Spread onions out on wrap, then sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.

Toss Brussels with remaining olive oil and garlic.

Pile loosely to about 1/2 inch of the edge of the wrap.

Top pizza with crumbled bacon (omit if vegan).

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until wrap is crisp around the edges, cheese is melted, and Brussels & onions are tender.

Cut into quarters and enjoy!