Where are my pizza fans at? Today, we’re giving this comfort classic a healthy makeover with a big twist. I may be late to the party on this one, but this clean green cauliflower crust pizza is just too good not to share. Get the recipe for this delicious pizza below!
I think there’s a misconception out there that when we give comfort foods a healthy twist, they are going to taste exactly like the “real” thing. That’s just not true my friends.
Coconut bacon DOES NOT taste like bacon, and mac n’ cheese made out of butternut squash and nutritional yeast certainly doesn’t taste like the ooey gooey cheesy pasta we drool over at the buffet line.
Sorry to break it to ya, but most “healthy makeover” foods aren’t an equal substitution for the real thing. But they are just as good, if not better, if we could just get past this unrealistic expectation.
Oh, wait. There is one exception. Vegan ice cream made out of cashews and coconut milk actually does taste like the real thing… so, so good. But that’s for another day.
See what I did here? I’m setting you up to get you excited about the best, healthy pizza out there (without actually thinking it’s going to taste like Papa John’s). Smart, I know.
Even though this pizza doesn’t really taste like the kind you may be used to, I’d be willing to bet that it tastes even better. This pizza is loaded with veggies and will leave you feeling satisfied and energized, not greasy and bloated.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy my slice of cheesy pizza every now and then, but a girl can’t have that on the regular, so this is a fantastic alternative when you’re looking to make pizza at home, the healthier way.
So what’s the secret to this clean green cauliflower pizza?
Well, a few things actually. I tested this recipe out on two different cooking classes and had people giving me a run for my money in both of them, claiming they have tried cauliflower crust before and it crumbled in their hand.
The key elements to a crust that you can pick up is super dry riced cauliflower (which is why I buy the fresh, pre-riced kind), a crust that’s not too thin, but not too thick and wait for it… you have to flip the crust halfway to ensure that both sides get crispy!
I also tested this recipe with a few different flavors and I think I’ve found the best combo. Tomato-based sauce tasted too bland and made the crust a little soggy. I tried different toppings, but there’s something about the combo of the fresh pesto with the mushrooms, asparagus and red onion that makes this pizza a winner!
Of course, you can make this pizza your own by playing around with any flavor combinations you like. Although this recipe might look complicated, I promise you, looks are deceiving and this pizza can be made in no time at all! What takes the longest is waiting for that crust to get nice and crispy, and trust me on this, it’s worth it.
If you have leftover pesto, you could add it to your avocado toast, use as a sandwich spread or use as a dip with some bell pepper slices. Yum!
And don’t forget, if you make this Clean Green Cauliflower Pizza (or any other recipes), let me know! Leave a comment below or snap a pic on Instagram and tag it with @fitlivingeats and #fitlivingeats. I love seeing and sharing your recipe creations!
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