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Wednesday

Pesto Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust

Yes, this recipe sounds as incredible as the title.
Not only is it a great substitute in terms of health, but it also tastes equally as amazing as it sounds.
Now, don't get me wrong, pizza is one of my favourite foods, especially having lived in New York. Considering it was apparently national pizza day today I figured I had to have pizza. BUT, I am going to New York next week and as I'm going to be eating a lot of pizza (artichoke pizza for the most part; which if you ever go to New York you NEEED to try) I figured I should make a slightly healthier version.

I'd seen the Cauliflower version of pizza all around the web and figured I'd give it a shot.


Ingredients (for 2/3 people)

about half of a large cauliflower
1 large egg, beaten lightly
1 and a half cups of (part skim) mozzarella,
2 tablespoons of parmesan
salt, pepper
chili flakes
1 cup of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 garlic cloves, chopped and diced
spinach leaves
parchment paper

To begin with, crank the oven up to and 425° let it preheat.
Now, there are two ways you can do the next part: the easy way, or the hard and gritty way.
I chose was forced to choose the hard and gritty way as I do not currently own a food processor where I'm living, and therefore had to grate the cauliflower by hand. Great arm workout, but the food processor would have definitely been less time consuming, although the nitty gritty of it all may have made it that much more magical at the end (possibly).

Anyway, even out the pieces of cauliflower as this makes it easier to grate... and grate away!
Leaving you with the finished product.. only took me about 400 minutes. Just kidding, but I am considering that food processor!




It does look pretty though; hard work pays off and all.
Place it in the microwave for around 7 to 8 minutes and then let it out to cool for a little.

Whilst it's in the microwave, you can prepare the next steps.

  • Lightly beat your egg
  • Chop up that mozzarella
    • and try not to eat half of it like I do. Willpower = 0
  • Get that salt, pepper and parmesan ready
Mix all of those ingredients into your squishy cauliflower, ring out all of the excess moisture and place it on your parchment paper, firstly in a snowball shape, and then follow that up with a pizza shape.




Leave that in the oven for around 10-15 minutes.
Prepare all of your toppings in the mean time. 



This is where I changed things up a little bit.

All of the websites I've looked at have obviously used tomato sauce as their base. I'm not a huge fan of tomato sauce, but I am a HUGE fan of pesto, so obviously I decided to go for that instead. You can either use homemade pesto or just get the wonderful stuff they provide at the store. Considering my lack of a food processor, I went with the store brand. After spreading this over the base of the pizza, I added my pre-cut tomatoes and mozzarella, as well as a bit of garlic.



Put that back in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Take it out, add some spinach and you will be the happiest bunny in the world.


YES.


OH YEAH!


Pair it with your favourite wine (personally, I love a good Sauvignon Blanc).



Let me know what you guys think! 
Happy National Pizza Day
Enjoy! xo

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