Let me be honest, I love the low carb fantasticalness of the wildly popular cauliflower pizza crust, but I HATE the process of making of it. Have you ever made it before? First, you have to shred or process it; then you have to steam it, then you have to WAIT FOR IT TOO COOL. This is the hardest part for me because who has 30 minutes to sit around and wait for cauliflower to cool? Ain’t nobody got time for that. The next step is to wring the cauliflower as dry as possible with all your mighty might. Two things: First, I never wait for it to cool all the way, so I end up burning my hands trying to wring scalding hot water out of the cauliflower (this often happens when defrosting frozen spinach as well). Second, one time I immediately threw the towel I used to wring the cauliflower dry in the washer AND FORGOT ABOUT IT. Two days later our apartment smelt like the worse giant cauliflower fart bomb EVER, it took us a while to figure out where the smell was coming from too. Ya, needless to say, I have a love-hate relationship with cauliflower pizza crust. I love how it taste and the low carb aspect; I hate making it. For this recipe idea, I initially tried to make a cauliflower pizza crusted quiche. It came out okay, but I didn’t love it plus it involved the aforementioned said disasters. So this time I thought, let’s just mix it up and throw it in the oven and see what happens. What happened was magic, delicious, low carb cheesy pizzas with half the work and all the flavor of a cauliflower crust pizza.
Cauliflower Pizza Casserole
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1T minced garlic
- .75-1lb ground chicken (I bought basil but you could easily buy regular and mix with ¼ cup fresh chopped basil, or use italian sausage)
- 1 medium head cauliflower
- 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup liquid egg whites
- 2 large eggs
- 14 ounces pizza sauce
- 1T pizza seasoning (or 1tsp basil, 1tsp oregano, and 1 tsp graham masala)
- 1/3 cup chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup mozzarella
*Note I started to get a little worried when baking this, it seemed like the middle was NEVER going to set. I ended up taking it out and letting sit for 15 minutes, and it firmed up nicely. If I made this again I would hold off on the cheese and bake it uncovered until set; then I would add the cheese and broil it quickly.
Makes 6-8 servings, for 6 servings:
In other news I’m going to continue to throw in another recap of yesterday’s eats randomly, why not right? My food always looks so good too… not! Sometimes Paul will review/edit a post, and he will be like “look people I ate mush and mush and more mush, it was so healthy and delicious!” It’s true; I do not deny it. Oh well, here it goes anyway……
Breakfast started with a banana to help hold down the vitamin cocktail I’ve concocted since falling a bit under the weather. Followed by pancake overnight oats with blueberries. Which I think sparked an idea for a blueberry muffin overnight oats, doesn’t that sound amazing???? Monday night I got a black iced coffee with no ice and yesterday I added almond milk and a bit of stevia to it. Sipped on that bad boy all day, got me through with less than 5 hours of sleep.
Lunch was a salad nothing special but delicious. In the mix: shredded chicken, purple cabbage, romaine lettuce, spinach leaves, 1T of dried cranberries and sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese. Topped with Walden Farms Calorie Free Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Dinner was a new recipe for us- Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai. I started altering it from a recipe in cooking light, but the spaghetti squash through me for a loop and got super watery. It tastes amazing, so I’ll share once I get the cooking process down a bit better.
Desserts- I’ve been grabbing spoonfuls of chocolate chia protein pudding and digging into Paul’s lemon head stash. Are probably fewer calories then sneaking spoonfuls of sun butter right? Yes, definitely.
Totally Random Question of the Day:
Side note, did y’all know that Shirley Temple passed away last week? I did, and I’ve meant to watch my favorite Shirley Temple movie ever in her honor….. Poor Little Rich Girl.
I loved Shirley Temple as a kid, my mom and Grandma owned just about every movie she ever made, so I saw just about all of them. They even went so far as to acquire collector’s items such as dolls, glassware, and statues. Yep, a giant concrete statue in my Grandma’s backyard. So it’s fair to say we were big Shirley fans, my favorite drink was even a Shirley Temple (7-up plus grenadine and red food coloring, with a maraschino cherry) when I was little. I was pretty bummed to hear she passed away after her acting career had ended she did so many good things too. I think her life left a positive impact on the world from the time she was little up until the end. Anyone else has a favorite Shirley Temple movie?
*Note this post was amended because apparently, I can’t spell casserole. 🙂