January 25, 2013

Cauliflower Pizza Crust: Loaded

You know, when you are less than a week away from leaving the house for a 12 day family vacation to Mexico City and you need to empty your fridge of every perishable food item present. You have a head of cauliflower, some carrots, some soaked buckwheat, maybe an acorn squash. Google becomes your right hand man, recipoe searching your only task at hand. The end result, after a handful of hours and a really well-behaved oven? Cauliflower pizza crust, carrot buckwheat pizza crust, raw acorn squash n' basil crust (that last one - out of the dehydrator, mind you). Today I share with you: Cauliflower pizza crust!



Once this particular day came around, I found a hinkering for not cooking much so I pulled two of these plastic-wrapped slices from the freezer. Microwaved for a few minutes (I've also re-heated them in a dry pan, with great results!) and topped with veggies. Red bell pepper and summer squash sauteed in tomato puree, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and... pepper I believe. They were delicious and filling, served with a side of beans because I wuv my beanies.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
makes 1 giant pizza, cut into 6 slices
inspired by Positively Vegan

1 head cauliflower
1/2 cup quinoa flour (or any flour you have on hand)
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
3 tbsp ground flaxseed + 9 tbsp water
1 tbsp italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder

1.) Preheat oven to 425* F, line a pizza pan with foil or parchement paper. Dust with ground flaxseed, cornmeal, wheat germ or hemp hearts - prevents sticking without oil!

2.) Wash and cut up that cauliflower of yours and, in sections, throw into food processor and grate until "rice" bits are present. Set aside in a bowl. Whisk together ground flaxeed and water, set aside. Add the flour, nutritional yeast, italian seasoning and garlic powder to your cauliflower and mix to combine evenly. Add flax gel. Bake for about 30 minutes, until crispy edges are present and the pizza crust is baked in the middle (might need to cover with foil to prevent edges from burning while you wait for the center to fully bake!

3.) Enjooooooyyyy!
Then the spouse was a rock star, beautiful, supportive man and rocked baby Santi to sleep for his afternoon nap. This is a blessing for many reasons, it prevented me from feeling lower back pain from yet another episode of "put the baby to sleep by walking up and down the stairs in not-so-great posture", I was able to get some work done on the computer, and Santi found himself very well rested later that night. Naps are gems, never take a good nap as just, "cool" but a lot more like "oh my goodness biggest blessing of this hour!" and them some.


Oh, round cheeks. Oh, concentrated eye brows. Oh, feathery hair. Love you, baby boy.

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