Happy New Year! Plenty of folks out there start off the New Year with a resolution to lose weight. (Trust me. I'm one of them. I know how it goes.)
The problem that I find with weight loss is that you feel you have to give up the foods you like - like pizza. All those carbs, man. But, there is a healthy way to still enjoy that pizza - by removing the carbs from the crust.
What is this magic?!?! It's called cauliflower crust.
Although it's not quite the same as the buttery breaded deliciousness we've all come to love, it gives you the option to still enjoy some pizza during whatever event (i.e. Superbowl) you would otherwise find yourself munching on celery sticks watching everyone else partake in something you really, really want - which is the biggest reason that most people fail with their weight loss resolutions. They give up because they have such a hard time giving up that freedom and camaraderie of enjoying a pizza every once in a while.
Cauliflower Crust - RECIPE
2 cups grated cauliflower (about 1/2 head)
1/2 cup yogurt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place cauliflower on a thin towel and twist the towel closed, squeezing out all the moisture from the cauliflower. (You can use a paper towel - just make sure it's one of those brands that doesn't fall apart easily when wet.)
3. Place dry cauliflower into a bowl and add yogurt, eggs, Italian seasoning and salt. Fold mixture until evenly combined.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the cauliflower dough mixture with your hands until it's about 3/4" thick. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. (It should be firm enough to hold its shape.)
5. Remove crust from oven and top with marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella, and whatever toppings you'd like. Return pizza to the oven until cheese is melted (about 5 minutes).