This weekend was a particularly fantastic one… It has a busy few weeks of family events, weddings, the Jewish Holidays and a lot of other fun but tiring hullaballoo so it was nice to have a regular weekend to just veg out and relax. It was beautiful here in Southern Cali so The Boy and I spent a lot of time walking (I didn’t get in my car once!) — It felt like I was back living in Chicago… only I was happy and warm… and wearing a tank top… in October… This really never gets old.
Also, I feel I need to share that I had a bit of a scare this weekend. All of a sudden at 8:00 am on a Saturday — while still in a half asleep stupor, I realized that I was awake and in my kitchen baking… I’m not sure what has happened to me, you guys, but I’m pretty sure it’s a serious cause for concern.
Although my apartment did smell heavenly by 9:15 am.
Saturday night, I had a friends 30th birthday party at a famous and delicious pizza joint here in Los Angeles and while I did enjoy the eggplant and other veggies I ate (as well as the giant bowl of gelato that was meant for “the table”… oops) I must admit I also had a severe case of FOMO while everyone was chowing down on their pizza.
Because if there’s one thing I miss being Paleo-ish its’s pizza. Nothing says life is GREAT (even when it’s not-so-great) like a slice of saucey/cheesy/crusty goodness.
But whether you’re gluten free or pro-gluten, paleo or the please-pass-the-brownies kind of gal (or guy), we all know that indulging in the saucey stuff on the reg = not cute things for your thighs… or your heart for that matter. No matter what kind of eating lifestyle you follow, who doesn’t want a healthy pizza alt that still tastes great?
People who hate puppies, that’s who.
So when I came across this recipe for a dairy free cauliflower crust pizza, I was immediately enticed to try it. Sure I was skeptical, it’s like someone telling you that a bowl of sardines will ultimately taste like a hot cookie skillet… um, okay suuuuuure, you weirdo. But after seeing the pictures, I figured if there is in fact a way to turn the “it” vegetable of the moment into the “it” food of all time (Pizza = the Little Black Dress of food, right?!) then I was IN.
So I shopped for my ingredients and arranged them for a photo…Then I placed my baking sheet in the over (a pizza stone works too if you’re all fancy like that!) and I preheated the oven to 450 degrees.
Sliced up my cauli:
And chopped it up in a food processor until it looked like snow:
And let it cool a bit (note you want to let it cool a LOT. I would suggest cooking the cauliflower about an hour or so before you want to make the pizza because this part took a while and I was hungry by the time this whole process was done!) Once it’s cool, you strain out the excess water (there’s a lot of it!) in a cheese cloth:
And you’re left with what resembles dough!
Then you add 1/4 tsp of kosher salt along with 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil:
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano:
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder:
2 tablespoons almond meal:
1 tablespoon olive oil:
Then I took a piece of parchment paper and drizzled it with some oil and added my “dough” and used my hands to make it look like a pizza! (I felt like such a chef!!!)
Using a cutting board I slid the parchment paper onto my hot baking sheet in the oven and let it cook until it was golden brown (about ten minutes) and it looked like this (also, it smelled goooood):