It’s hard to believe that my time at home is rapidly coming to a close. It’s been a long, difficult journey with my Ulcerative Colitis flare, and I’m finally well enough to return home to NYC. It has been almost a full year – 11 months.
There are so many things I’m looking forward to, going back. Seeing friends, independence, pursuing my acting career, just living.
So tonight for dinner, I made something special:) A pizza! And not just any pizza – Cauliflower Pizza!! It’s my favorite:)
what. a. crust!
Grain and Gluten Free, and Specific Carb Diet friendly with a Vegan option. And actually, the crust itself is Body Ecology Diet friendly!
Pizza is such a celebratory food. It makes an appearance at almost every party. So I thought I’d celebrate the closing of one chapter of my life, and the beginning of another very exciting one:)
Here’s what you need: (Serves 1)
Crust: 1/3 head of cauliflower, riced and wrung dry (about 1 cup when packed and dry) 2 egg whites (Vegan Option: 2 flax/chia eggs) 1/4 cup almond flour 1/4 tsp sea salt sprinkle of garlic powder
Toppings: 1/2 cup sugar snap peas, sliced in thirds 1 Tbsp red onion, sliced paper-thin
Sauce: 2 golden beets, diced into small pieces
creamy golden beets
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put your raw cauliflower florets into the food processor, and process until it resembles rice. Then place “rice” in a clean kitchen towel and wring out all the excess water. This is really important! I get about 1 cup of water out of my cauliflower! Combine it thoroughly with your almond flour, salt, egg whites and garlic powder. Cut 2 sheets of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet. Put your batter onto one sheet of parchment, and place the other sheet on top. “Smoosh” it out as thin as you can. LEAVE THE TOP PAPER ON, and bake as a “parchment sandwich” for 30-35 minutes. Take out, spray with EVOO and return to the oven for another 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, steam your beets until soft and tender. Also, blanch your sugar snap peas in boiling water for 30 seconds until they are bright green. Finally, soak your onion slices in ice water for about 10 minutes. (This gets rid of the bitter oniony bite).
After your beets steam, put them in the food processor with some salt and pepper. Process until smooth and creamy. (You’ll need to scrape the sides 3-4 times).
To assemble, top your crust with the beet sauce, your sugar snap peas and onion. Enjoy!
wait, there’s cauliflower in that?!
Ok. This. was. incredible!! Everything about it rocked my world – the flavors, the textures and the colors!! First, the flavors! The beets were sweet and earthy, which went wonderfully with the sweet peas and nutty crust. A symphony of flavors!
Next, the textures were wonderful! The crust was phenomenal. I highly suggest trying this! It’s crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and you can actually pick it up with your hands like a pizza! The smooth and creamy beet sauce went wonderfully with the crunchy snap peas. Marvelous.
want a slice?
Finally, it was just beautiful! The yellow-orange sauce with the bright green and purple was whimsical and dramatic. Very appropriate for my return to NYC:)
crunchy sugar snap peas and onions!
What toppings do you get on your pizza?
Need a fabulous food processor? Here's the one I use and love: