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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Delectable Cancer Fighting Cauliflower Pizza Crust!



If you're anything like me and you're a Pizza Lover, your first inclination would be to give the idea of a Cauliflower Pizza Crust the Side Eye. So, let's just say I was very hesitant to replace our regular Friday night Pizza with this.

Besides for worrying about missing out on flavor, I heard that the process was long and tedious. Can I just tell you that neither concern was valid. Not only did this pizza not lack in flavor, but, it was good enough to completely replace the regular Friday night pizza. It is completely up to you the level of flavor you want to add to your crust, as well as, your toppings.


Also, thanks to Green Giant for helping to cut this process in half by creating the Cauliflower Crumbles, which, I found at my local Walmart.





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Let's take a look at the Cancer Fighting Benefits before we actually get to the recipe.

CANCER-FIGHTING BENEFITS

CAULIFLOWER


Cauliflower is a known cancer-fighter. It detoxifies the body, it can prevent ulcers, keep the prostate healthy, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition cauliflower is an amazing source of vitamin K and is known for its ability to boost bone strength.


TOMATOES


In spite of the fact that only 200 years ago tomatoes were thought to be poisonous in the U.S. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes also provide thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorous and copper. And of course tomatoes can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.


MUSHROOMS

It is important to eat only organically grown mushrooms because they absorb and concentrate whatever they grow in. Mushrooms have just as high an antioxidant capacity as tomatoes. They also contain selenium which is a mineral that is not present in most fruits and vegetables. It plays a role in liver enzyme function, and helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. Additionally, selenium prevents inflammation and also decreases tumor growth rates.


BASIL

Whenever possible choose fresh basil over the dried form of the herb since it’s more superior in flavor. In cell culture and animal studies, basil has been found to exhibit antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antioxidant and anti-cancer activity. Of all basil’s health-promoting attributes, it’s ability to inhibit cancer is the most heavily researched. Scientist believe that the antioxidants contribute to the herbs ability to prevent cancer. Phenols account for the majority of basil’s antioxidant properties, and due to their antioxidant properties phenolics are currently a hot topic in health research and thought to play a larger role in the anti-cancer effects.


You can't beat having a meal that's just as good for you, as it is to you. You don't miss anything in flavor and you might possibly replace your regular Friday night Pizza with this great recipe. What are you waiting for, it's literally a lifesaver.


INGREDIENTS


  • 1 Bag of Green Giant Cauliflower Crumbles 
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten 
  • 1 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella, shredded and divided 2 tablespoons 
  • Parmesan cheese, grated 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder and onion powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  •  Pinch of Pepper 
  • 1/4 cup of flower or corn meal




  • PIZZA TOPPINGS
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce, homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
  • 1 Cup Sliced Organic Mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, for garnish
  • 1 cup of part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • DIRECTIONS


  • 1. Heat oven to 425F.

  • 2. Follow package directions Steps 1-4 to prepare cauliflower crumbles

  • 3. Line large baking sheet with paper towels. Place cooked cauliflower on baking sheet and let cool for 10 minutes.

  • 4. Return Cauliflower to a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients (egg white, 1/2 cup Mozzarella, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper, 1/4 cup of flower). Stir well to combine. The mixture should come together to form a loose dough ball.

  • 5. Place mixture onto parchment paper; Pat into a 10 inch circle. Place rack in oven. Bake 15-17 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; cool for 10 minutes before topping.

  • 6. Carefully flip cooked pizza crust onto cookie sheet. Remove parchment paper slowly.

  • 7. Add your favorite pizza toppings; bake an additional 5-10 minutes at 425 F or until toppings are hot and cheese is melted.
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