December 6, 2017

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Who doesn’t love pizza?!?! Today, I’m sharing my Cauliflower Pesto Pizza recipe that is extremely tasty and healthy! When the cauliflower pizza trend first began, a couple of years ago, I was eager to test it out. I made a fresh batch of a cauliflower crust and added toppings, those of which I don’t remember. […]

Cauliflower Pesto Pizza (3 Ways)

Who doesn’t love pizza?!?!

Today, I’m sharing my Cauliflower Pesto Pizza recipe that is extremely tasty and healthy!

When the cauliflower pizza trend first began, a couple of years ago, I was eager to test it out. I made a fresh batch of a cauliflower crust and added toppings, those of which I don’t remember. What I do remember is the process being a tad bit tedious, but the final product was excellent! Oddly enough, I didn’t make a cauliflower crusted pizzas again until about two weeks ago. Even though I really enjoyed this recipe, I got caught up in constantly testing new recipes for the blog/Youtube and I never had a chance to make it again. So, here is my Cauliflower Pesto Pizza recipe, 3 ways, and I’m so excited to share these recipes with you!Cauliflower pizza, cauliflower, pizza, healthy pizza, pesto, pesto pizza, homemade pesto, healthy recipes, new year recipes, cauliflower dinner, dinner ideas, egg pizza, vegan cheese pizza, grilled vegetables, healthy pizza recipe, healthy pizza recipes, cauliflower crust, cauliflower pizza crust, healthy food, recipes, how to cook

I’m being totally honest, cauliflower pizza doesn’t taste like real carb-filled pizza. Even though it doesn’t taste like the classic version of pizza, it is still super delicious and a great healthy alternative for a lunch or weeknight dinner.

The cauliflower pizza crust is…

  • Extremely delicious! Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like straight-up cauliflower ????
  • Crispy on the edges
  • Slightly softer than a usual crust
  • Pretty thin
  • Easy to make, but does take a bit of time and effort

When I recently decided to remake this delicious cauliflower pizza after many years, I was so excited to eat it again! So I went a bit overboard and make homemade pesto and I added all kinds of toppings. This resulted in me creating 3 different kinds of cauliflower pesto pizza.

Let’s discuss all these yummy Cauliflower Pesto Pizza variations!

  1. First, each cauliflower crust is baked and then I spread a couple of tablespoons of pesto over the top.
  2. Next, is the fun part! Add any toppings you like. I made three pizzas which will hopefully inspire you to be creative when cooking.

Pizza #1: Roasted Veggie Pizza

This pizza is my #1 favorite because it is topped with some of my favorite ingredients! I love roasted veggies and eat them every Friday night with my dinner. This pizza combines delicious homemade pesto with roasted zucchini, onions, and canned chickpeas. If you love roasted vegetables, then this is the pizza for you! I highly recommend that you try one version ASAP.

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Pizza #2: Vegan Cheese Pizza

I created this cheesy vegan pizza for my sister who follows a vegan diet. To this pizza, I added vegan cheese, red onion, and freshly chopped parsley. Although I didn’t try it, I have my mom and sister to vouch for it. They both loved it! I also want to note that I used a flax egg in this crust to make it vegan and it tasted great!

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Pizza #3: Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast for lunch or dinner? Yaaaas!

This breakfast pizza is one of the simplest pizzas to make because all you add to the crust is pesto, sliced tomato, eggs, and basil. Then, bake and voila! So easy, quick and delicious!
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I totally recommend you try making one of my cauliflower pesto pizza variations and also be creative using what you have on hand! Use any leftover veggies or protein you have lying around in your fridge. I hope the cauliflower pizzas will be a huge hit in your home like they are in mine.

Checkout this quick video tutorial:

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Cauliflower Pesto Pizza (3 Ways)

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  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Total Time: 20 minute
  • Yield: 1 medium pizza yields 1-2 servings
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Healthy, Pizza

Ingredients

Crust: (makes 1 crusts)

  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 2 eggs (Vegan version: 2 1/2 tbsp flax seed meal + 1/4 cup water)
  • 1/3 cup oat flour or almond meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Pesto (enough for 2-3 pizzas; depends on how much pesto you like)

  • 1 1/2 cups packed basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup packed parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hemp seeds (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings:

Vegan Cheese Pizza– 1/3 recipe of pesto + 1/2 cup (vegan) shredded cheese (I recommend “Follow Your Heart” cheese) + 1 tablespoon chopped red onion + 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Roasted Veggie Pizza– 1/3 recipe of pesto +1 1/2 zucchinis + 1 large onion + 1/4 cup chickpeas + pinch salt + pinch pepper + garlic powder

Breakfast Pizza-  1/3 recipe of pesto + 3 eggs, 2 medium tomatoes (sliced into circles), basil leaves, salt and pepper

Instructions

To Make the Crust:

  1. Chop cauliflower into florets. Rinse the cauliflower and then add it to a large pot and fill with water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and cover. Cook for 10-20 minutes or until the cauliflower has softened.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Transfer the cooked cauliflower to a separate bowl to cool. Once the cauliflower is cooled, place it into a clean dish towel and ring out all the excess water. We want to remove as much water possible.
  5. Then, transfer the cauliflower to a food processor and add the eggs (or vegan flax egg), oat flour, garlic, and salt. Pulse until a dough forms.
  6. Add the dough to a baking sheet and spread into a large circle using a spoon or offset spatula.
  7. Bake 30 minutes and then add toppings and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes.

To Make the Pesto:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a bowl or container until ready to use.

Makes about 3/4 cup.

To Make the Vegan Cheese Pizza-

  1. Prepare 1 cauliflower crust.
  2. Spread 2-4 tablespoons of pesto over the crust. Add as much or as little pesto as you like.
  3. Sprinkle with vegan cheese and chopped red onion. Bake at 450℉ for 30 minutes.
  4. Garnish with chopped parsley.

To Make Roasted Veggie Pizza-

  1. Prepare 1 cauliflower crust.
  2. Cut the zucchini into 1/2 inch circles and place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet greased with olive oil spray (or regular olive oil).
  3. Spray the tops of the zucchini with the olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Roast in a 375℉ oven for 50 minutes, filliping the zucchini at the halfway point.
  5. Then, cut the onion into slices and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Once the zucchini and onions are roasted, allow them to cool.
  7. Spread 2-4 tablespoons of pesto over the crust. Add as much or as little pesto as you like.
  8. Arrange the zucchini and onions over the top of the pesto. Then, add the chickpeas.
  9. Then, add the spices.
  10. Bake at 450℉ for 30 minutes.

To Make the Breakfast Pizza- 

  1. Prepare 1 cauliflower crust.
  2. Spread 2-4 tablespoons of pesto over the crust. Add as much or as little pesto as you like.
  3. Arrange the tomato circles all around the pizza.
  4. Then, crack the eggs on top the pizza.
  5. Add pieces of basil to the top of the pie and bake at 450℉ for 30 minutes.

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