Cauliflower Crust Pizza

What if I told you, that you could eat a piece of delicious pizza, minus the carbs, plus more than three quarters of your daily vitamin C intake in a serving of vegetables….what would you say?? Well, here it is; cauliflower crust pizza. This pizza is amazing, there just isn’t a better word to describe it. Your favorite comfort food, extra cheesy and warm, but no carbs. I know what you’re thinking, “am I dreaming, is this real life?” It’s real, people. And it’s really freakin’ good. Cauliflower makes the perfect crust substitute, it has an easily adaptable flavor, and it holds the crust shape beautifully. Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, meaning cancer-fighting as well as anti-immflamatory and anti-oxidant rich. Basically, cauliflower is the Beyonce of vegetables…and all hail Queen Bey!

Prep time: 15 min           Cook time: 20 min         Serves: 2-4

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup parmasean cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 45o degrees and place baking stone or large baking sheet lined with greased parchment paper in oven
  • Wash then thoroughly dry cauliflower. Cut off stems and place florets into food processor and chop until cauliflower resembles snow-like texture. Place chopped cauliflower in microwave in microwave safe bowl. Cook for 4 minutes then dump into a clean kitchen towel and allow to cool
  • Once cooled, squeeze out excess water. Make sure completely cooled or you will burn your hands. Dump squeezed cauliflower into a bowl then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well, using your hands works best
  • Once mixed together, place dough ball onto the parchment paper or hot pizza stone. Form a pizza shape with dough and pat down thoroughly. You don’t want it o be too thick or too thin
  • Place into oven and cook for 9 minutes. Remove from oven, add desired sauces and toppings then place back into oven and cook for another 6 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes before serving

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Green Goodess Mac N’ Cheese

When my daughter Sofia was starting to make the transition from purees and mush to solid food I was sending out the S.OS’s!!! I was SO lost. I had never cooked for myself let alone a small growing baby! So whats the first thing you start with..mac n’ cheese! You can’t go wrong with mac n’ cheese. You might not know it by my love of all things cheese but I am kind of a health-nut of sorts, at least when it comes to what my daughter is eating. So, mac n’ cheese was a great start but I still needed it to be better. Mac n’ cheese minus the cheese and chock full of spinach and avocado…now we’re talkin’!!! This recipe contains just a little bit of Greek yogurt and  half of an avocado to create an extra creamy sauce filled with spinach to make it the perfect nourishment food for those growing little babes! Oh, and you are DEFINITELY going to want to have the wipes on hand for this one!

Prep time: 8 min     Cook time: 12 min    Serves:2-4

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*you can use any kind of pasta. I also like to use DAIYA dairy-free mozzarella style shreds as a topping, it tastes great too!!*

Ingredients

  • 12 oz cooked whole wheat/gluten free pasta
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 avocado cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp daiya dairy free mozzarella shreds

Instructions

  • Add spinach to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add in avocado, olive oil, seasonings, Greek yogurt, and vegetable stock
  • Cook pasta according to directions on box. Once cooked, drain pasta and let cool in colander and set aside
  • Add cooked pasta back to the pot and add in sauce. Mix until evenly coated and serve warm