Perfect Cauliflower Pizza

He has filled the hungry with good things... Luke 1:53 (NKJV)

This week, we take a break from devotionals for cooking.  Instead of feeding the soul, we’re feeding your tummy. It’s been a long time since I shared a recipe with you.  Going through various health crises has caused me to overhaul all my eating, menus, and recipes.  Eventually, I hope to tweak all my recipes on this site to include what I can actually eat now. 

Today I’m following a predominantly grain-free Candida Diet to reduce small intestinal fungal overgrowth, as well as to encourage a healthy balance of yeast in the gut.  I’m also eating carefully to heal a fatty liver (caused either by gallbladder removal or too many painkillers for my back). Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage, are just the thing to heal the liver.

This Perfect Cauliflower Pizza is so healthy and yummy, I just have to share it today. It is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and Candida-friendly.  When I was being treated for SIBO and ate a low fodmap diet, I substituted broccoli for the cauliflower, and rice flour for the almond flour, and it worked just as well.  The trick is to get people to eat their veggies, hidden in the pizza, on movie night :-).  And what are we watching for movies? Our family has been watching reruns of The Chosen while eagerly awaiting season 3. We also enjoy many of the programs on Minnokids, especially the Torch Lighters about famous missionaries.  And now, for the recipe…

Perfect Cauliflower Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut in half (or 3 cups riced cauliflower)
  • 4 eggs (organic, free-range)
  • 1-1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash and cut cauliflower head into two halves.  Core one half of the cauliflower, leaving short stems.  Place cauliflower florets in a food processor.  Grind until rice-like.  This should be about 3 cups.  
  3. Put riced cauliflower in a microwave safe casserole dish and cover. Microwave on high 4 minutes.  Lay out a smooth dish cloth on the counter. Carefully transfer the cooked cauliflower to the towel to cool.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the 4 eggs.  Add the almond flour, salt and seasonings. Mix well. 
  5. When the cauliflower is cool. Fold up the edges of the towel and squeeze out the extra moisture over the sink. Transfer the cauliflower to the mixing bowl and mix well.
  6. Add 1 T. olive oil to the cauliflower mixture and give it one more stir.
  7. Line a pizza pan with parchment paper. Carefully spread the cauliflower mixture onto the parchment paper, shaping into a pizza crust.
  8. Bake the crust for 25 minutes and remove from oven. Edges will be golden brown.
  9. Top your pizza crust with your favorite toppings. Mine include homemade pesto, organic green olives, organic red peppers, and organic spinach.
  10. Use a pizza peel to place the pizza directly on the oven rack. Bake another 10 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and top with any extras, like hemp seed or sprouts for added protein.
  12. Enjoy!  Repeat with the other half head of cauliflower.  Or, turn the other half into riced cauliflower and freeze for next week!  

For an amazing Pesto:  Toast 1 cup walnut pieces in a pie pan in the oven, 7-10 minutes at 375 degrees).  Combine in a blender: Juice from 2 lemons, 1/2 to 1 cup olive oil (depending on how thick you want it), 2-3 cups of fresh greens (basil leaves, oregano leaves, spinach, kale, etc.), 1 cup toasted walnuts.  Blend until smooth.  Use to top pizza, zoodles, pastas, salads, etc.  

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982

Gluten-Free Pizza

apizzaOur favorite Saturday night activity is pizza and a family movie. With restaurant prices as they are these days, it makes “cents” to whip up your own pizza at home. And this pizza tastes better than any gluten-free restaurant pizza I’ve found!

Get started about 1-1/2 hours before you want to eat.

In an electric mixing bowl, combine these dry ingredients:
3 cups brown rice flour
3 cups tapioca flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup ground flax seed
2 Tablespoons xanthan gum
2 teaspoons salt
4 Tablespoons active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar
Blend together until well mixed.

In a measuring cup, combine:
3 cups warm water
1/4 cup olive oil
4 eggs or 8 egg whites
(use additional flax seed and water if you want to make this egg-free)
Pour this mixture into the mixing bowl and combine. Beat on high for 4 minutes.

While the dough is beating, line your baking pans with parchment paper. Using this recipe, I can make 2, 13-inch pizzas, plus 3 pie-pan size pizzas. I freeze the small ones to use later. You could also make 2 cookie sheet-sized pizzas and a few pie-sized pizzas, or a few loaves of bread.

Once the dough is mixed, turn it out onto your parchment paper, dividing between the prepared pans. Use a spatula to spread the dough to the edges of the pans. Dough will be sticky, so you may oil your spatula if needed. Let the dough rest on the pans for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Prebake the crusts for 10 minutes and remove from the oven. Now top the crusts with your favorite toppings. Some of our favorites include:
Olive oil
Basil
Black olives
Green peppers
Pineapple
Daiya (dairy-free) mozzarella shreds

Bake the prepared pizzas for another 18-20 minutes, or until golden. Serve hot. The crusts taste great topped with honey like the famous restaurants use. Enjoy your family pizza night!

I would like to thank Angela Litzinger of angelaskitchen.com for her original recipe!

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.  Psalm 145:18 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.