I often find myself standing in the checkout line in the grocery store eyeing the contents in the carts of those around me. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’m fascinated with the things that other people buy. Surely I’m not the only one? Am I? (I mean, really, what is the person that buys canned asparagus like?!)
Yesterday, I was at the local Sprouts standing behind a particularly pleasant woman wearing a perfectly coordinated athleisure outfit. You know the type. She’s the one that’s obviously on a first name basis with the entire staff of the local Lululemon store, flaunts legs with muscles chiseled to feminine perfection, and has perfectly highlighted hair that falls interestingly into place in that “I just did a spin class and still look amazing” kind of way. She looked the picture of good health and I simply had to know what magic was in her cart.
Of course, all the usual suspects were there. Fruits, vegetables, some kind of a less than appetizing soy-based something-or-other, coconut water, and something else…Caulipower Pizza Crust. (Roughly $12 for a box of two crusts.)
Pizza crust made from cauliflower? Brilliant! I quickly abandoned my spot in line and ran to the frozen food aisle. There it was, the last box, perched on the shelf like a treasured Faberge Egg. I lunged for it, and tossed it triumphantly into my cart. Why, thank you, Ms. Rosy Lulu-PerfectGirl, for passing this well-kept secret on to me!
Fast forward to today. Finding myself with a little time on my hands and a strong urge to eat pizza for lunch, I decided to give this curious crust a try. I enjoy cauliflower, and I like pizza more than I would like to admit, so I expected this would be a winning combination for me. Oh my…winning combination, for sure! It was a revelation!
Before I proceed, let me make one thing very clear: I am not a skilled home chef. I have a few dishes in my repertoire, but to say I’m someone that can whip up something brilliant at the drop of a hat is utterly false. There have been many dishes over the years that I’ve made, only to have my daughter beg me to promise I’d never make it again. But this, my friends, this turned out to be so good! My husband, who is the definition of a food snob actually liked it too! (Unbelievable!) If you’re trying to eat healthy, and you feel like you’d sell an arm if it meant you could have a piece of pizza, then you absolutely must try this.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Caulipower Original Pizza Crust
(If you don’t live near a Sprouts, or Whole Foods, I think you might be able to find something similar in a local health food store, or in the organic section of your local super market’s freezer section.)
1/3 C Marinara sauce
2 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into small pieces
1 Tbsp grated parmesan
6 basil leaves
Pam olive oil
salt, pepper, and red chili flakes
Here’s what you’ll do:
Set your oven to preheat to 425*.
Lightly spray the outer edge of the crust with Pam.
Spread the marinara evenly over the frozen crust.
Evenly space out the fresh mozzarella pieces.
Evenly sprinkle the parmesan over the entire thing.
Tear the basil leaves, distributing them evenly.
Add a pinch of salt and pepper to your liking, and (if you like a little heat) sprinkle with red chili flakes.
Place the “pizza” directly onto the center rack of your oven and let it cook until the cheese is melted and the outer edges of the crust are nicely browned. (Roughly 8-10 minutes)
…and that’s it! Easy, right? Enjoy!