Cauliflower pizza base

Recently, a colleague sent me a paleo recipe for cauliflower pizza bases. I don’t follow a paleo diet, but I do know a lot of people that are trying to lose weight by reducing the amount of carbs in their diet. This recipe uses cauliflower instead of flour for the pizza base. Intrigued? So was I.

The Paleo, or Paleolithic, Diet is based on the premise that if a caveman didn’t eat it, neither should you. The food must be able to be hunted or gathered. So meat and fish are fine because they can be hunted, and fruits, veggies and nuts are in because they can be gathered.

Foods derived from agricultural and industrial processes are out. Say goodbye to grains, legumes, salt, sugar, refined oils and all the processed crap you find at fast food restaurants. I am not sure why but potatoes are apparently out too.

Start by blending a quarter of a cauliflower until the florets are grain sized.

01 cauliflower

Next, mix in one egg and some mixed herbs.

02 eggs

Spread on an oven tray and bake until golden and no longer soft in the middle. I used a flan tin so it would be easy to remove the pizza base.

03 base

Add your favourite pizza toppings and bake at 170 degrees celsius until golden. I used sundried tomato pesto, cherry tomatoes, sweet potato and avocado.

04 pizza

Outcome: The pizza topping was delicious. However, the base was crumbly and disappointing. Overall I would rate this a fail and now I have a hankering for proper pizza!

Ingredients: ¼ cauliflower, 1 egg, mixed herbs and pizza toppings

Equipment: blender, bowl oven tray, oven

Steps:

  1. Blend the cauliflower until the florets are grain sized
  2. Add egg and herbs
  3. Spreadout on an oven tray and bake until golden and the middle is no longer soft
  4. Add your favourite pizza toppings and bake until the cheese is golden.
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