Recipe: ‘Healthy’ pizzas

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Despite the oxymoron, we really did make healthy pizzas!

I’ve written before about my love of pizza and how I gave it up for a year, and it really was incredibly difficult. This year I was determined to find some way to eat as much pizza as I wanted without becoming obese…enter the cauliflower pizza! I wish I could take the credit for this recipe but sadly not, I found it on The Londoner (http://www.thelondoner.me/2013/09/carb-free-pizza.html) and also Beach Blonde in the Kitchen (http://beachblondeinthekitchen.com/2014/02/26/hawaiian-beach-pizza/), and they both have some other great healthy recipes too. I’d tried making it before and it worked out pretty well so last night my housemate and I decided to treat ourselves to some cheesey goodness. The huge advantage is that it’s gluten free and doesn’t contain any gluten substitutes so you don’t get bloated at all and it actually tastes pretty light.

To make two pizzas you’ll need:
2 cauliflowers
1/2 cup of parmesan (we bought some cheap measuring cups online)
1/2 cup of grated mozzerella
2 eggs
Mixed herbs
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil
Passata sauce
Pizza toppings – we went for mushrooms and Parma ham

First things first, you need to take the leaves off the cauliflowers as they don’t taste so good.

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Then grate the whole thing.

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Put them in a microwaveable bowl, cover with a plate and pop it in the microwave for 4 minutes. At this point you also want to pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. (I feel just like Nigella writing this!)

Now grab a clean tea towel and tip the cauliflower onto it.

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Leave it for about 10 minutes to cool, as you don’t want to burn yourself like I did yesterday, then squeeze out all the water. Apparently this is the most crucial bit because if it’s wet it just doesn’t form a dough.

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Grab a mixing bowl and add the cauliflower ‘dough’, two eggs, the grated parmesan and mozzerella and the mixed herbs and mix it all together.

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You then want to take a piece of grease proof paper, rub some olive oil all over it, then take half the dough (remember we’re making two pizzas) and put it onto the grease proof paper in a pizza shape.

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Cook for 10 minutes in the oven until it looks like this.

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Next add your passata sauce and all your toppings (if using mushrooms I like to fry them a little bit first), and pop back in the oven for another 10 mins.

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And voila! You have some super tasty looking pizzas. They are very hot though so be careful not to burn your mouth.

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