Jul 242012
 

Hey there! I hope you’re having a great Wednesday! I wanted to chat with you all first and foremost about something that I recently read about on Healthy Living Blogs. On their announcements yesterday, they posted a couple of recaps from last year’s Healthy Living Summit which I thought were really interesting.

I had heard about the summit before, and briefly considered attending since there would be so many great opportunities for networking and improving my blog, but because of timing and my (very low) bank account, I knew it just wouldn’t work out this year. However, after reading the reviews posted on HLB I started thinking a lot more about the summit.

The reviews (especially the second one) basically explain that sometimes the conference was cliquey and everyone was expected to act the same way. This makes complete sense and now I’m wondering how the HLB community plans to combat this issue. How will the newbie bloggers (like me) interact with all the veteran bloggers who have been blogging for years? What will the dynamic be?

I can’t imagine that there would be any hostility and yet…I can sort of see how all of the established bloggers might stick together and make it kind of hard for someone new to break into the scene. Anyway, this is just something I was thinking about so I wanted to share it with you all. What do you think??

Bootcamp Update

So it’s Day 2 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and I have to say so far it has been great! After my spam issues yesterday, I was really happy to finally complete the rest of my workout after I got home yesterday. And you know what? I bit the bullet and joined the gym. While I love running outside, using my home equipment, and following my workout DVDs, this boot camp is just easier to do in a gym. Period. But it’s not too much money and I think I’ll really enjoy having the option to work out at home, instead of having no other choice. So yay!!

The workouts themselves have been pretty great. Yesterday’s main superset consisted of some upper-body workouts and my arms are definitely feeling it today. However, I thought today’s leg workout was a little too easy so I’m going to increase my weights/intensity for next time. Now I know!

Recipe

After messing around and making impromptu English muffin pizzas this weekend (an English muffin topped with tomatoes, basil, Italian spices, and mozz. cheese) I suddenly found myself craving delicious pizza last night. Instead of giving into temptation and ordering Ledo’s (hello, amazing) I looked through my trusty recipe list that I keep on my phone for inspiration. I happened to stumble upon “cauliflower crust pizza,” which I saw on Pinterest ages ago. I didn’t have the actual recipe anymore, but a quick Google search turned up this recipe from Spark Recipes.

The pizza itself, while it certainly didn’t taste exactly like regular pizza, was really delicious. The spices that go into the “crust” make it taste very authentic and because I used three types of cheese in this pizza, I didn’t miss the doughy, bready crust one bit. It was great and I even had leftovers for lunch πŸ™‚ Win! Here’s how it came together…

First I preheated the oven to 450 degrees. Then I briefly steamed 1/2 head of cauliflower. Whole. In the microwave. In a plastic bag with a little water.

I know, I know, this causes cancer and is really bad for me. But I was lazy and it worked, so I’m not complaining. I just have to warn you that this is not the best option. Ok? ok.

Anyway, steam your cauliflower.

Once it was steamed a little, I used my Slap Chop to cut it into tiny pieces.

A food processor would have probably worked better, especially since after I was done “slapping,” my downstairs neighbors decided to “slap” right back by banging on their ceiling/my floor. I guess I was being really annoying and making too much noise. Ugh. They hate me. Can I make it up to them with a cauliflower pizza? No? Darn.

Next, I got over the fact that my neighbors hate me and added the cauliflower to a large bowl. Then I added 1 egg, cheddar cheese, fennel, and Italian seasoning.

Then I sprayed a cookie sheet with nonstick spray and transferred the cauliflower mixture onto the sheet. Using my hands, I pressed the cauliflower into a circle.

Holy cheese fest.

Then I placed the cauliflower in the oven and allowed to cook for 10-12 minutes or until the top started to turn light brown.

Meanwhile, I started working on the topping. For my pizza, I decided to mix some spinach and cheese together and then top the whole thing with sliced tomatoes. For the cheese mixture I first added a bit of low-fat mozzarella to a bowl, and then added in a wedge of garlic & herb Laughing Cow cheese.

Then I added in a handful of spinach…

And then I used my hands to mix the cheese with the spinach until it was all well-incorporated. This took a few minutes and was a little messy, but was so worth it for the decadent and gooey cheese taste that I got for my finished pizza. Laughing Cow + Mozzarella + Spinach = SO GOOD.

Then I pulled the cauliflower crust out of the oven…

And then I topped it with the mozzarella cheese mixture and a few sliced tomatoes. Then it was back intoΒ  the oven for about 5 more minutes until the cheese was bubbling.

It was so good! Mine made four slices, two of which I ate for dinner along side of some Brussels sprouts…

…and the other two were gobbled up for lunch today. SO GOOD!

Three-cheese Cauliflower Pizza
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 2
 
This cauliflower pizza has all the flavor of a traditional Italian pizza without all the carbs!
Ingredients
  • Half head of cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp. fennel seed
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Laughing Cow cheese wedge (I used garlic & herb)
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Steam cauliflower for 2-3 minutes until just tender. Use a food processor (or Slap Chop) to finely chop cauliflower.
  3. Add cauliflower to a large bowl and mix in egg, cheddar cheese, and spices.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, mix mozzarella with Laughing Cow cheese and spinach until well-combined.
  6. Remove cauliflower crust from oven when the top turns light brown, and evenly distribute the cheese mixture on top.
  7. Add sliced tomatoes.
  8. Place pizza back in the oven for about five minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
  9. Slice pizza into quarters and serve.

So, what are your favorite lightened up recipes? I love that cauliflower is so versatile and you can transform it in so many ways. This pizza is pretty darn tasty!

 Posted by on July 24, 2012

  18 Responses to “Three-cheese Cauliflower Pizza”

  1. Chelsea, thanks so much for reading my post in your preparation for the HLS this year! While I won’t be attending, I wish I was if only to meet a few folks that are new in case, by any chance, they’re having some of the same doubts or concerns I had last year.

    Your post led me to read that post I wrote from last year, and I couldn’t help but remember when I initially read everyone else’s recap posts and wondered “Wait… did I do it wrong?”

    There were so many GLOWING reviews and, as I was experiencing the summit itself and looking around at everyone, I wondered to myself, “They don’t LOOK as happy as their blog is… but maybe they are?” I don’t know, really, it was a jam-packed weekend and at times felt like a haze of cereal and people vying for free stuff and trying to plan meal dates and I felt a bit lost.

    I hope it’s a blast this year and, maybe, they do a better job of truly breaking the ice, breaking people out of their comfort zone a bit, and not just catering to the folks who are old hats in the blog world. I think that everyone, newbs and seasoned vets alike, would benefit from some mingling.

    In other news, that pizza looks like spinach artichoke dip on a pizza and, thus, I’m appropriately salivating.

    • Hi Jordan! Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting. I thought your post was incredibly enlightening and just brought me to think about some things I hadn’t before. I think it was a really interesting perspective and made total sense. I hope to go to HLS next year so I can experience it for myself, and maybe by then there will be enough new people there that it will change the whole dynamic of the conference. We will have to wait and see! Either way though, I really appreciated your review and was so glad to hear such honest opinions. Thanks for shedding light on a new perspective for me!

  2. That pizza looks fabulous!! I am going to have to try that for our weekly pizza night next week! I am a newbie too, and because of empty pockets, I am hoping to go to the HLS next year instead of this year. Hope you will be there then too!
    ~Cat

  3. I made cauliflower pizza crust a few weeks, and loved it! Try adding some garlic powder in the “crust” next time. It tastes amazing!

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  5. I really want to go to a blogger conference but funds haven’t enabled me to do it– so many of them are on the East coast!! But I did read some less than stellar reviews of HLS too and was disappointed to hear that! I think it probably is hard for the more established bloggers to get to know all the new ones, but maybe there could be special breakout groups for newish bloggers? Just a thought. And that pizza looks absolutely delicious!! The topping almost looks like spinach artichoke dip without the artichoke! I can’t wait to try that crust!

  6. Wow that is the coolest idea ever for a pizza crust!!! I am always looking for alternatives for pizza base and this is definately going to get tested in the near future!
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

  7. I’m definitely going to have to try this out sometime! I feel like whenever I get cauliflower, I always do EXACTLY the same thing with it – this would be a great way to switch it up!

    And I’ve been wondering similar things about all of the blog summits, like HLS and FoodBuzz. What is it like for us newbies? I would love to go to one, but I’m a little terrified that I would know no one and wouldn’t fit in!

  8. Chelsea! This looks so good!!!! I’ve seen cauliflower pizzas on Pinterest too, but have never gotten around to actually making one, maybe now I’ll need to! Thanks for the recipe!!

  9. I love this recipe. Most importantly, I love that you have a slap chop. For some reason that name just cracks me up. I have the pampered chef version; it save myself from massive tears while chopping onions.

  10. This recipe looks so good! I found it through My Freckled Life’s blog – I will definitely have to make soon πŸ™‚

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