At the beginning of January, I decided that this year’s goal was to get healthy. And how was I planning on doing that? By healthy eating, of course! In my “A Healthy New Year” blog post from the beginning of the year, I gave myself a few goals to help me get started. One of these goals was to find healthy alternatives to foods I know aren’t so healthy. It has turned out to be a bit of a challenge, but it has been fun! I’ve been trying tons of new foods and techniques; mostly focusing on vegetables. After all of this, I have a newfound love for cauliflower.
I remember the first time my mom put cauliflower in front of me and told me to eat it. I was nervous; it looks like weird broccoli! But I obeyed and boy was I pleasantly surprised. Cauliflower quickly became one of my favorite veggie sides. However, I did not know there was much I could do with it besides steam it, add butter, salt, and pepper, and enjoy! While this is still one of my favorite, simplest ways to eat cauliflower, I have learned that there is so much more to this healthy vegetable than a life of steaming.
Today, I would like to share with you my journey of making a cauliflower pizza base. Let me just start by saying I love carbs. I also love pizza. So, when my pizza craving kicked in, I knew I had to do something about it. I remembered saving a recipe on Forq for a pizza crust made out of cauliflower, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I used this recipe, found on the Forq app. My first order of business was to collect ingredients. The first road block I ran into was how to “rice” my cauliflower. I do not have a good shredder tool, and attempting to chop a whole head of cauliflower into teeny tiny pieces just seemed tedious. Lucky for me, my local market sells cauliflower pre-riced! It was about a dollar more than regular cauliflower, but it is “riced” daily and totally worth it for me. I was also worried that the bits of cauliflower were going to be too large, but it worked out well! The directions call for pre-cooking before you mix the ingredients; I chose to microwave, but you can also steam it on the stove!
In conclusion, my first thoughts on cauliflower pizza is that it is… interesting. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you it’s better than the fresh pizza from your favorite Italian restaurant. But I will say is that it was tasty enough to satisfy my pizza cravings, at least for a little while! I chose to top my pizza with some fresh mozzarella and basil– next time I’m going to test out a few more toppings. Next time I’m craving pizza, I know what recipe to use!
There are tons more healthy cauliflower recipes I found on the Forq app that I’m excited to try. A variation on the pizza that looks super tasty are these Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks. It’s pretty much just the pizza, but a little more garlic-y and cheesy– yum! The next recipe I am dying to try is this Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry. I’m not vegetarian, so I think I am going to try adding some chicken to mine for some extra protein! I am also going to try replacing mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower in this Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie. Shepherd’s Pie was one of my favorite meals growing up; I’m excited to try the healthy alternative! Last but certainly not least, this Sausage and Cauliflower Casserole looks to die for!
If you have any cauliflower recipes, I would love to see them on the Forq app! Forq is my favorite place to find and share recipes– it has been key to my success in eating healthier this year. With spring coming, there will be even more local fresh fruits and vegetables to try!