The Healthy Pizza!

August 20, 2015

There are no two ways about it, when you're watching what you eat, and trying to be healthy there are certain craving that can come on.

 

The need for pizza can be strong! 

 

But there's a way of having this naughty meal and having it in the right way, so its healthy for you and tastes delicious!

 

This is a gluten, yeast, diary free pizza which is jam packed full of vegetables.

 

Ingredients

 

Base

 

1 whole cauliflower

100g Ground Almond

2 Eggs - beaten

Salt & pepper

Rosemary, oregan, basil - any herbs you like!

 

Olive oil  

 

Topping

 

Pesto (I cheated and bought some - it was gluten free!)

Hard Goats Cheese

Red pepper

Yellow pepper

Courgette

Red onion

Garlic

 

Equipment

 

Food Processor

Large bowl

Cling film

Clean tea towel

Kitchen Roll

Grease proof paper

Large tray to put the pizza on

Cheese grater

Spoon & Fork

Chopping board

Frying pan

Sharp knife

 

I worked as a chalet host for 6 months in Switzerland and one of things I learnt about cooking was keeping things as easy and simple as possible.

 

I'm going to put all the steps down, and make it super easy to follow.

 

  1. Turn on the oven (200C/180C Fan/Gas 6)

  2. Give the cauliflower a quick wash. 

  3. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower, and trim the stalk at the bottom

  4. Cut the cauliflower into manageable chunks and add to the food processor

  5. Blitz the cauliflower, until it looks like rice, this will take between 30 seconds to 1 min. Depending on the power of your machine. 

  6. Transfer the blitzed cauliflower to a large bowl and cover with cling film

  7. Put this into the microwave for 5 mins on high. 

  8. Tip the mixture out on to the clean tea towel and spread it around. It will be very hot!!

  9. Leave it to cool for about 5 mins or until you can touch it comfortably. 

  10. Pick up the four corners of the tea towel and bring them into the middle, srunch it together and start to squeeze as much liquid as you can out of the cauliflower. You’ll be really surprised how much liquid does comes out. This is the hardest bit!! But keep pressing until you get the majority out. 

  11. Transfer to a clean bowl.

  12. Add the 2 eggs, ground almonds, salt & pepper, and herbs. 

  13. Mix it all together with the fork. 

  14. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper.

  15. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on to the paper and use a piece of kitchen roll to spread it about. 

  16. Dump the mixture into the centre of the  tray. I used a spoon to flatten it out, but actually found it easier to press down with my hands to spread it out into a circle shape. Make it the same size as a normal pizza about 30 cm across

  17. Put into the oven and cook for 15 mins - until the edges start to turn golden. 

     Just out of the oven

     

  18. While the pizza base is cooking.  Chop up the garlic, red onion, peppers and the courgette, add them to the frying pan with a small drizzle of olive oil and cook the vegetables for the next 10 mins over a medium heat. 

     

     

     

  19. Take the pizza out the oven and allow to cool for a few mins add the pesto and spread a thin layer over the base. 

     Pesto covered, cauliflower base

     

  20. Next grate the goats cheese over the pizza, until its all covered in a fine layer of cheese.

  21. Add all the vegetable and distribute evenly over the pizza. 

     Almost there!

     

  22. Grate a little more cheese over the top before you pop it back in the oven for another 10 mins. 

 

That’s it!

 

All that’s left to do now is to slice it up and serve it up.

 

It would go really nicely with a simple green salad and its pretty good by itself. I haven’t tried it cold yet, as there's never any left over! 

 

Let me know how you get on and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!!

 

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