Pizza Kind of Night

There are those nights when you just need a perfect slice of pizza. But you want to be make dinner at home. And you want to try a dozen recipes. And you’re a healthy living blogger. Conflicting interests?

No at all.

Ladies and gentleman, date night does Cauliflower Pizza. And does it well.

I discovered the brilliance and innovation of this recipe on various blogs but in paricular, thank you Laura! To be honest, it sounded a little out there but I always like a challenge. If I live in yoga pants and running shoes, juice to my heart’s content, and frequent farmer’s markets like they’re going out of style, then I should assuredly like cauliflower pizza, right?

There’s nothing like testing out a new degree of healthy yogi with the boyfriend. We made a TJs (Trader Joes) run for all the necessary ingredients, including ready-made pizza dough in case anything went too awry and we were on the verge of starvation. A couple of store samples of ginger bread cookies and dark chocolate peppermints (buy these now) helped to temper the anticipation hunger.

I may have purchased a treat for myself

I may have purchased a treat for myself

 

Settled in at home with my dark chocolates, we got to work. I pulsed a head of cauliflower in the food processor. To that, I added egg whites, nutritional yeast, herbs, and flour. I played around with amounts until the texture and viscosity felt correct.

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As my unphotogenic dough took form, the boyfriend, clearly not having doubts about how substantial this dinner would be, began preparing the pizza dough.

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He has a few tricks up his sleeve. I’m dating him for his cooking skills, clearly

 

Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

Cauliflower Dough

Cauliflower Dough

 

I baked my dough at 425 for 15 minutes then removed it from the oven, and we each topped our pizzas and into the oven they went again.

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And 15-20 minutes later, the Za was in a fine, fine state. My adventuresome dough was topped with tomato sauce, mushrooms, onions, and olives. The boyfriend got innovative with his toppings and used a hodge podge of tomato sauce, onions, olives, prosciutto, and ravioli (Christians Pizza-esque).

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And paired with wine and a salad, dinner was complete. We both agreed that our meal was a huge success. We both tried the cauliflower pizza and though it did taste different, it was actually delicious. It felt hearty and coupled with so many vegetables it had a lot of flavor. I continued to use the leftover dough for lunches and it tasted almost quiche-like; always a good similarity in my book. I didn’t have any of the boyfriend’s meat laden pizza but the actual pizza was the perfect texture and crispness, and he declared it his best yet.

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Bon Appetit!

What new recipe have you tried?

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