So I’ll admit, it’s not exactly hard for me to eat healthy, but at the end of the day, if I am given the choice between a salad and a pizza, 9 times out of 10, I’m going to go with pizza. So imagine being on a diet where gluten is forbidden and carbs are to be eaten sparingly. You have to get creative, right?
I’ve been hearing people talk about Cauliflower pizza crust and how it tastes JUST LIKE REGULAR PIZZA! There’s absolutely no way that’s true. However, with just slice of pizza matching the carbohydrate total of an entire head of cauliflower, I had to give it a go.
I have to give major props to Trader Joe’s for making it so easy to experiment with foods such as cauliflower pizza crust. The Trader Joe’s closest to my house not only had ready made cauliflower crust, but bags of riced cauliflower in their produce section which would make it incredibly easy to make a crust from scratch. For research (read: laziness) purposes, I decided to give the ready made crust a try. This crust made my experiment so easy and affordable. Coming at just $3.99, it was much cheaper than ordering in and only took about 20 minutes of prep time.
Lee wasn’t down with this level of experimentation, so he chose to get a regular pizza crust and we spent our Saturday night building our dream pizzas. He went with the tried and true Gilbertson pizza: Pepperoni & Green Olive. I chose to go for a Mediterranean-themed pizza, using pesto as my sauce and olives and artichokes as my toppings. I’m supposed to be cutting dairy out of my diet as well, but given that I was heading in to uncharted territories, I used some shredded mozzarella as my security blanket. I figured that way, if the pizza crust was inedible, perhaps the cheese would save it.
Let me tell you, this pizza did not disappoint. While I would never say that cauliflower crust tastes the same as a regular pizza, I found it to be an enjoyable substitute. If you pre-bake the pizza for long enough, you can get the same crunchy crust as you would with a regular thin crust pizza. And, you know what? I didn’t need the cheese. If anything, I would say that the cheese detracted from the overall flavor of the pizza.
I’m excited to give cauliflower crust another go, this time making the crust from scratch. Below is a picture of the pizza I made. I’m neither a photographer nor a food blogger, but I thought the picture turned out okay!
You can find the recipe for homemade cauliflower crust here:
And if you’re looking for a dairy-free version:
If you give the ready made crust or the recipes a try, let me know what you think!