6 Plum Tomatoes
1/4 Red Onion
Ever since discovering the numerous clean-eating substitute recipes made possible by using cauliflower, from ‘rice’ to ‘mash potato’ – it’s pizza that I’ve been the most anxious to try for myself!
The World is Pizza Crazy!
A photo of the Earth may as well have pepperonis on it, because we are pizza mad! Did you know that pizza is considered the most popular meal in the world? Over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide each year – which is colossal, but also makes me realise just how much food there is available for everyone in the world 🙁
The USA are pizza-eating machines, consuming 100 acres of pizza a day – that’s 350 slices a second!
Are we addicted? Science would say so. Apparently pizza is the most addictive food of all…yup, more so than chocolate. It seems highly processed foods, like pizza as most of us know it, share certain characteristics with addictive drugs! For example, both tend to be consumed in concentrated doses and both are absorbed quickly by the body.
Refined Flour is Dangerous for Your Health
Of course pizza healthiness varies, but for the most part we are consuming a factory product, high in carbohydrates and saturated fat. It contains refined flour and studies show that any excess of this contributes to obesity, increases cholesterol, and can raise sugar levels in the blood over time. Is it worth it?
A recent study I read looked at several pizza restaurants, pizza varieties and major pizza chains in order to analyse dietary information across the board. Unbelievably the study showed that for most vendors, a single pizza slice contained more fat than an average cheese burger!
So Why on Earth am I Making Pizza??
Clean eating is good for your body, and I find it much more fun trying to re-create our guilty pleasures, than eating leaves. I decided to make an unprocessed, flour-free pizza that doesn’t pose a health risk. Win-win!
1. Turn up the Heat
Pre-heat your oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas Mark 6
2. Blitz Your Cauliflower
Get yourself a fresh cauliflower, chop it up and whizz it in a NutriBullet or other type of food processor.
You may find you have to keep stopping the NutriBullet to give the container a shake to move the pieces around, but keep going and you’ll end up with a ‘rice-like’ consistency
3. Cook your cauliflower
I normally cook it over the hob with a little coconut oil until it’s soft, but you can also microwave it
4. Drain Your Base!
This is important, you need to drain the blitzed cauliflower of water, or your pizza base will be super soggy.
I recommend either squeezing the water out through a muslin cloth, or perhaps trying to use a sieve to push water through. You could also try to boil off some of the water too.
5. Grate it
Grate your cheese, be sure to separate some for base and topping!
6. Mix it
Mix an egg and the cheese into the cauliflower. Of course you can opt for a ‘flax egg‘ to keep it vegan! I’m a big fan of this alternative and often use flax seeds to help with texture of the base anyway, ground almonds works a treat too!
I often use lactose-free cheese, but I think as this is the only naughty ingredient in the whole recipe, you can pick your favourite – of course to keep this vegan you can omit the cheese, you can find alternatives, such as ‘cashew cheese’ here.
7. Shape Your Base
Pat the base mix onto a tray covered in baking parchment and brush lightly with coconut oil. I usually make mine about 5mm thick