Saturday, March 26, 2011

Paleo Pizza

I am trying to get more fruits and vegetables into my life, and more grains out of my life.  After reading an interesting article on the "Paleo Diet," I googled “paleo snacks.”  (The Paleo Diet includes only foods available before the Agricultural Revolution, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and seafood.)

This recipe did not sound like it was going to be too great, but I was desperate, so I tried it. It is a keeper! The crust is not a crunchy one and really needs to be eaten with a fork, but it is very tasty and can be topped with just about anything. The first time I made it I topped it with raw spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions and some mozzarella and parmesan. The next time I made it I topped it with Chucky Ragu Garden Combination Spaghetti Sauce, some sauteed mushrooms and onions, some homemade ricotta cheese and mozzarella. Both times were wonderful. To make this crust, have the oven at 450 degrees and mix in a food processor: one egg, one cup of shredded mozzarella and one cup of cooked cauliflower, either roasted, boiled or steamed --(I actually used about half a head and did not measure). You can put whatever seasoning you like in it. The first time I used garlic salt and a little Italian Seasoning. The second time, some of my cauliflower was roasted with garlic, so I didn't use any other seasonings. Spread the mixture on a cookie sheet covered in oiled aluminum foil and bake for about 15 minutes. If it doesn't look a little browned around the edges, put it back in for another three to five minutes and check it again. Top it with whatever you like and put it back in the oven till the cheese melts. Feeds two for lunch with a salad on the side. Do not go “yuck” until you have actually tried it! It's really good, honest!


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