Favorite Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I love, love, love pizza! This is the second recipe I have tried for cauliflower pizza crust and I think I found my go to cauliflower pizza crust recipe! If you would like to see more of a tutorial on how to make cauliflower pizza crust, please go HERE.  I really like the flavor of the three cheese blend found in this pizza. Definitely, bake the pizza crust on parchment paper to provide an easy cleanup. Also, another option is to use a spring form pan to make the crust. I still add the parchment to the bottom of the pan before snapping it closed and spread the mixture around the bottom completely. This helps to form a perfect round circle. The other pizza crust, which was created by Kurzweil is still very good if you would like to try another variation using ricotta cheese. Both are really yummy and are sure to satisfy your pizza cravings while staying on plan. Pizza heaven!

Don't feel like making your own crusts? Check out these pre-made cauliflower crusts! They are 5 & 1 approved on the Optavia or Medifast plan counting as 1/2 a Lean and 3 Greens for an entire crust! Click HERE for more info!


Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 cup Grated Raw Cauliflower or 100 g (2 Greens)
1/4 cup Egg Whites or egg beaters from the carton
1/2 cup 2% Reduced Fat Three Cheese Mexican Blend (1/2 Lean)
1/8 tsp garlic powder - optional (1/4 Condiment)
1/8 tsp dried oregano - optional (1/8 Condiment)

Toppings:
1/2 cup 2% reduced fat Mozzarella cheese, shredded (1/2 Lean)
1/2 cup Italian diced tomatoes, canned - less than 5 g of carbs per serving or an approved pasta sauce such as 1/4 cup Rao's Marinara Sauce (1 Green)

Directions:
Measure out 1/2 cup diced tomatoes and puree in blender or chopper. Pulse for a few seconds. Set aside. You can also use an approved pasta sauce such as Rao's Marinara Sauce.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place parchment paper (not waxed paper) on a baking sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray. Combine grated cauliflower, egg whites, 1/2 cup cheese, garlic powder, and dried oregano until mixed completely. Spoon mixture on prepared baking sheet. Use the back of a spoon to thin out mixture (or your hands) and form a circle about the size of a dinner plate without the rim. The thinner the crust, the better. Bake for about 22 to 25 minutes. Carefully flip the pizza crust over using a spatula to lift all edges of the crust off the parchment first. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes until edges are brown and crisp. Mine are usually burnt around the edges but it won't taste burnt. Let cool. 

Add tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted. If you are making several cauliflower pizza crusts like I usually do, you can put the cooled crusts in gallon sized Ziploc bags to store in the freezer. I usually can fit 4 to 5 pizza crusts in a Ziploc bag. No need to wrap each one separately in foil. They won't stick together. When ready to eat, take it out of the freezer as you would a normal store bought frozen pizza. Top with sauce and toppings. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes at 425 degrees or until cheese has melted. Enjoy!


1 Cauliflower crust is 1/2 a Lean, 2 Greens and 1/3 of a Condiment
Adding 1/4 cup marina sauce is 1 Green
and an additional 1/2 cup 2% reduced fat cheese is 1/2 a Lean

You could also do the following topping combinations with 1/4 cup tomato sauce or leave the sauce off and add 1/2 cup of veggies as your additional Green:



  • 1/4 cup reduced fat cheese (1/4 Lean) and 1/2 a link of Al Fresco Andouille Sausage or Italian Sausage (1/4 Lean)
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat cheese (1/4 Lean) and 1 oz turkey pepperoni (1/4 Lean)
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat cheese (1/4 Lean) and 1.5 oz Jennie-O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage (1/4 Leaner Lean)
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat cheese (1/4 Lean) and 1.25 oz 93% ground beef (1/4 Lean)
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat cheese (1/4 Lean) and 1.5 oz grilled chicken breasts (1/4 Lean)
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat cheese (1/4 Lean) and 1.75 oz 99% ground turkey (1/4 Leaner Lean)

Other topping options:

1 wedge light laughing cow cheese (1 Condiment)

2 tbsp sugar free BBQ sauce (2 Condiments)
2 tbsp red salsa (2 Condiments)
2 tbsp Trader Joe's Green Goddess Dressing (1 Condiment)
1 tsp sriracha sauce (1 Condiment)

2 tbsp Frank's Hot Sauce (1 Condiment)
2 tbsp reduced fat feta (1 Condiment)
1 oz jalapenos from a jar (1 Condiment)

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