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Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

2-4 servings

Source: Your Body in Balance by Neal Barnard, MD; recipe by Lindsay S. Nixon

About the Recipe

313 Calories · 15 g Protein · 13 g Fiber
Dinner

Ingredients

Makes 2-4 Servings


  • ground flaxseeds or chia seeds (2 tbsp.)
  • cauliflower rice (1 16-ounce bag)
  • flour of your choice (1/4 cup)
  • nutritional yeast (2 tbsp.)
  • garlic powder (1 tsp.)
  • onion powder (1/4 tsp.), optional
  • Italian seasoning (1 1/2 tsp.), optional
  • tahini (1-2 tbsp.)
  • tomato or marinara sauce (1/2 cup)
  • mushrooms, sliced (4-6)
  • dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (2 packs)
  • sliced olives (1/4 cup)
  • pineapple, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • spinach (1 cup)
  • fresh basil (3-4 leaves), optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax or chia with 3 tablespoons of water. Refrigerate.



  2. Microwave cauliflower rice for 8 minutes or cook on the stove for 5 minutes. Once cool, place cooked cauliflower in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out all excess liquid. (Squeeze really hard! It needs to be very dry). Transfer to a mixing bowl, add in refrigerated ground flax (or chia) and stir in remaining ingredients. Add 1-3 tablespoons of water (as needed) to mix the dough. The drier the dough, the crispier the crust will be. 



  3. Preheat oven to 400 F. Turn a baking sheet face-down and line with parchment paper. Place dough ball in the center and cover with more parchment. Flatten and smooth into a 9-inch crust (about 1/4-inch thick). Remove top piece of parchment (reserve) and bake 18-25 minutes, or until edges are slightly brown and crispy. Remove crust from oven and place parchment back on top. Put a baking sheet on top and turn over so the crust is on the new baking sheet. Remove top parchment (the old bottom piece) and discard. 



  4. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on crust (you may not use the entire 1/2 cup). Add toppings except spinach and basil, if using, and bake 5-10 minutes more, or until toppings are warm.



  5. Add spinach and basil, if using, before serving (or bake and cook 1 minute more). Sprinkle pizza with additional nutritional yeast, if desired. 



Nutrition Facts

Per serving (1/2 of recipe)

Calories: 313
Protein: 15 g
Carbohydrate: 46 g
Sugar: 17 g
Total Fat: 11 g
     Calories from Fat: 29%
Fiber: 13 g
Sodium: 474 mg

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