Health & Wellness

A Twist on the All-Time Classic: Pizza

And, no, I am not exaggerating. Just like a huge chunk of the country—and the rest of the world—I really can never get enough of some really good pizza. Read More

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I can eat pizza every single day.

And, no, I am not exaggerating. Just like a huge chunk of the country—and the rest of the world—I really can never get enough of some really good pizza. Though it only consists of 4 simple ingredients, I can’t get enough of the combination. However, though I enjoy it oh so much, eating pizza every single day is not good for my body.

I was already changing my lifestyle around and, in the process, I’ve found myself having to cut a lot of foods out of my diet—well, I’m only human so I didn’t completely get rid of everything, but I’ve cut back! I was able to cut back on a lot, but I found myself not doing too good when it came to pizza.

So, did I get rid of pizza? 

Are you crazy? Of course, I didn’t! However, I couldn’t continue to enjoy this delicacy as it was—I needed an update. So—just like with all other foods—I knew there had to be healthy options for consuming pizza, so I went on the hunt. Eventually, I discovered so many different recipes for enjoying a healthy-styled pizza I didn’t even know where to begin.

Luckily—though overwhelmed—I was able to narrow down two really incredible healthy recipes for an incredible creation: Cauliflower & Pesto Crust Pizza and Quinoa Pizza Bites. At first, I was extremely skeptical about how these two recipes would turn out. First is that it wasn’t the pizza that I knew; second is would these forms ruin the original masterpiece. To my pleasant surprise, both of these recipes were really good and satisfied my pizza cravings:

First—which is absolutely delicious—we have the Cauliflower & Pesto Crust Pizza:

Hurry and get the ingredients. Yes, it’s that good:

  1. 1 head of cauliflower.
  2. 1 egg.
  3. ½ cup of Italian cheese blend.
  4. 2 tablespoons of basil pesto.
  5. ½ teaspoon of garlic salt.
  6. ½ teaspoon of pepper.
  7. Pinch of red pepper flakes.
  8. 1 cup of pizza sauce.
  9. ½ cup of Italian cheese blend for topping.
  10. Some bowls to mix.
  11. Parchment paper and baking sheet.
  12. Food processor or grater.

First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then, remove the chunky green leaves from the cauliflower head. Next, cut the head in half, remove the stem and any other thick fibers still attached.

Next, you’re going to lightly wash the florets and dry them with a paper towel. Then, use your food processor or grater to turn the florets into a rice-like texture. You are then going to place the rice-like cauliflower in a bowl and put it in the microwave for 4 minutes. Once it cools down, place the cauliflower on a kitchen towel and squeeze out as much moisture as you possibly can!

After that, you’re then going to place the cauliflower back in a bowl, adding in the egg, cheese, pesto and seasonings. Mix it together and use your hands to form a ball.

Transfer the ball to the baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Press this ball out into that classic pizza shape.

Allow this to bake for about 20 minutes. Then, take it out, top it with the pizza sauce, cheese and all other toppings you choose. Place back into the over for another 10 minutes. Then voila! You are ready to enjoy.

Next—still just as good—are Quinoa Pizza Bites:

pizzaIt’s time to get the ingredients:

  1. 1 and ½ cups of cooked quinoa.
  2. 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  3. 1 cup of mini pepperonis.
  4. ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese.
  5. 1 large egg.
  6. 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
  7. ½ teaspoon of onion powder.
  8. ½ teaspoon of garlic powder.
  9. Mini or regular size muffin pan.
  10. Non-stick cooking spray.
  11. Large bowl and mixing spoon.

First, make sure to preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Next, spray that muffin pan with a good amount of non-stick cooking spray and set it to the side.

Now, place all of those ingredients into that large bowl and mix everything until fully combined.

Take this mixture and evenly distribute it in each little muffin part of the pan and gently press down on each one. Bake for 15-20 minutes; until they look golden.

Let cool. And don’t eat them too fast. Try them with marinara sauce too!

Didn’t think pizza could still be good and healthy, did you? Neither did I. But with a little research and a dedication to keeping pizza