Cauliflower Pizza

I love pizza. I wish I could eat it every day. As I cannot, I am always on the lookout for alternative ways to get my pizza fix! When I saw that you could make “pizza crust” from cauliflower, I just knew I needed to give this recipe a try! I mean it has to be healthier right? End result….it was AMAZING. Cannot wait to try it again. Thinking maybe a chicken pesto one next time…or BBQ chicken…oh the options!
Cauliflower PizzaCauliflower Pizza Crust (from Mimosas in the Morning)
Ingredients:
1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded cheese (I used 3/4 mozzarella and 1/4 Parmesan)
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings
Directions:
To “Rice” the Cauliflower:
Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain/rice. Be careful not to over-do the pulsing or you will puree it. Place the riced cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 5 minutes (No need to add water, the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself).
Cauliflower Pizza 3To Make the Pizza Crust:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 7-9″ round. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
Cauliflower Pizza 2Remove from oven. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).
For my pizza toppings I chose a tomato sauce base and topped it with sliced black olives, pepperoni, cooked onions, cooked red bell peppers and fresh basil. One item to note…based on the toppings you choose, you may need to pre-cook some of them as you are only placing the crust with toppings under the broiler for a few minutes.
As I said before, overall I loved this recipe. And it was actually pretty easy! Next time I make it, I might experiment with using a little less cheese in the crust.
Enjoy!

BBQ Tofu Pizza

I know I have said it before, but life is never slow or quiet in our house! There is always something going on. Needless to say, I haven’t been cooking much. Although I love being busy, there are definitely two downsides to this (well in terms of this blog – my house would also argue that I don’t clean it nearly enough): 1) I don’t cook (unless it is to quickly toss together a salad or something) and 2) I don’t meal plan 😦 And based on what is going on in life right now, it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. At least not until August comes and goes! Hopefully I can find a little more time however, to get in the kitchen these next few weeks. I did however, experiment a few weeks ago. I had a ton of tofu that needed to be used up so I made a BBQ Tofu Pizza. Sounds a little strange, but trust me, it is delicious!

Tofu PizzaBBQ Tofu Pizza

Ingredients:

1 store-bought pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s whole wheat)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 package extra firm tofu
1/3 of a red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Press tofu in order to remove excess moisture by lining a plate with several paper towels and placing tofu on top of the paper towels and topping with additional paper towels. Place pan or plates on top of the tofu and drain for 15 minutes. Next, remove tofu and cut into approx. 1 inch squares/rectangles. Add tofu and a teaspoon of olive oil to a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until slightly browned and crispy. Remove from heat and toss tofu with 1/4 cup BBQ sauce, set aside.

While Tofu is cooking, roll out pizza dough to around 12-14 inches in diameter. Place dough on preheated pizza stone (or baking sheet brushed with olive oil). Spread 1/2 cup BBQ sauce on dough, leaving a little space around edges. Top with mozzarella cheese, then tofu and sliced red onions.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust is slightly brown. Top with cilantro.

Tofu Pizza 2Enjoy!

Total Experiment = Success!

With the Mr. out of town, making dinner just for myself isn’t very exciting. And, right now, I am trying to be really good and work my way through stuff we have in the cupboards/freezer/fridge. When he travels I tend to get in the habit of picking up sushi from the grocery store (I know, not the best but I still enjoy it), or eating cottage cheese, etc. But this week, I am making myself eat from what I have at home and use up some items so we don’t waste food!

Some of the things I have a lot of right now are zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes. My mother-in-law was so nice and brought us a ton of stuff from her garden! They are all so good/fresh, however, for just one person it is a lot to get through. I can do it though…I love a good challenge 🙂

When it comes to using up items in the fridge, I often create stuff that sounds pretty odd. However, most the time (not always) they taste delicious! And thankfully this latest experiment turned out great and was totally satisfying.

It was BBQ Hawaiian Zucchini Pizza. Odd I know, but man did it taste GOOD!

It was super easy too. I took the giant zucchini I had and sliced off four pieces each about a half-inch thick and placed on a baking sheet. I then broiled them for about 7-10 minutes until they started to soften (flipped half way through). Next step was I spread a tablespoon of BBQ sauce on each slice, then topped with fresh mozzarella slices, Canadian bacon and pineapple chunks. I then put them back in the oven on broil and cooked them until the cheese was melted. End result in my mind was delicious. I made enough so that I could have it for lunch the next day!!!

To go with my pizza and to use up a few of the other items I sliced up a small cucumber and a bunch of tomatoes and a few sliced black olives and tossed them together. I then topped with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Wish I had a picture as it too was yummy.

Back to work for me! Enjoy your day!

Zucchini Pizza

The title probably confuses most. I am not talking about a pizza made with zucchini on top. Instead, I am talking about a pizza made where the base/crust is zucchini. Yes, you did read that right. And, no, I am not crazy (promise). I saw Zucchini pizzas on Pinterest a long time ago and have wanted to make it ever since. The only thing holding me back…finding a zucchini that was large enough.

Well friends/family/followers, the time finally came when I found a large enough zucchini! This last weekend when visiting the in-laws, my mother-in-law gave me a zucchini from her garden that was big enough (woohoo)!!! Not only was it home-grown, it was also big. Man, I wish I would have taken a picture of the zucchini before I cut it up. But of course I forgot. This thing was at least a foot and a half long and at the fattest part probably 6+ inches wide. Absolutely perfect for me to test this newest recipe.

Like my 10 minute peach pita pizza, this recipe was super easy and fast. Perfect for a night where you need something in a hurry.

I started by cutting the zucchini into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Next, I chose to place the zucchini slices on a pizza stone and broil them, however, recipes I read recommended putting them on a grill. If the Mr. had been home I might have asked him to head up the grill, however, it was just my good friend Meg and I so instead I chose to broil as it was quick.

After about 10-12 minutes I pulled the zucchini slices out as they were just starting to soften and had turned slightly brown on top. Next up was putting the toppings on. I started by spreading about a tablespoon or two of tomato sauce over the zucchini slice. Next, I put a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese (probably 2 or so tablespoons). Then I placed about six slices of turkey pepperoni on top of the cheese, and sprinkled on some sliced black olives. Finally, I topped it with about a tablespoon of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

After all the toppings were put on, I transferred them back in the oven (still on broil) for about 5 or fewer minutes. Just long enough for the cheese to melt.

Man were these good. I will definitely make them again. In fact, I am tempted to make them as an appetizer for something. You could totally use the smaller zucchini’s you usually see in stores for bit size pizzas 🙂

With the pizzas I also served a cucumber, tomato, feta salad. My mother-in-law also sent me home with tomatoes and cucumbers from her garden. All I did was slice the tomatoes and cucumbers up and toss them with a little bit of feta, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Simple and absolutely delicious!

Today is my Friday! Can’t wait for the LONG weekend. Tomorrow is a girl day with my mom. Shopping and golf. Husky Football starts on Saturday and I am beyond excited for that. I do love my Huskies 🙂 We also, have two BBQ’s and a golf tournament this weekend. Like typical Piep style, we will be BUSY. Just how we like it!

I do have some cooking to do this weekend so will be back next week with some more exciting stuff (well I find it exciting!).

Have a great weekend!

Dinner in 10 – Peach Pita Pizza

Last night was crazy! Between working until after 6:30pm, rushing home to walk Leo and rushing straight to my condo Board meeting at 7:30pm, I didn’t have much time for dinner. In fact, I didn’t even get to think about dinner until 8:45pm when I got home from my Board meeting!

When I got home I really didn’t want to make anything, however, we didn’t have anything easy to grab. Well I guess we had granola and yogurt but that just didn’t sound like dinner to me. Right now, our fridge is a miscellaneous mix of food. There are a lot of good items, however, not the easiest combination of ingredients to come up with dinner options. Side note: I am still trying to learn how to grocery shop. I always say I am going to make a list and have meals for the week planned, however, that has yet to happen! Some day I will figure it out 🙂

Sorry, got distracted, back to dinner…after looking in the fridge for inspiration I decided I again needed to do something with peaches as we have a lot and a few are getting SUPER ripe! I know, hard to have to eat peaches 🙂 I also noticed we had some pita bread in the fridge that really, really, really needed to be used. Based on those two items it all of a sudden hit me…Peach Pita Pizza!!!

I have been wanting to make a peach pizza for a while now. I saw it on Pinterest a few weeks back and ever since it has been on my mind so last night was my chance. Well, OK, it wasn’t really pizza, however, it was a pizza style dish. Here is a picture I snapped on my phone of how dinner turned out. Not the best picture but it gives you an idea of what it looked like. See below for my recipe.

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Recipe:

  • 1 Pita
  • 1 Peach (cut into 1 in chunks)
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese (total guess as I didn’t measure – probably was a little less or more depending on how you like it)
  • Honey (to taste)
  • 5 basil leaves (thinly sliced)

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread ricotta on pita and top with peaches. Drizzle a little bit of honey over peaches and pita. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until heated. Top with basil.

I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out, but thankfully it was good! Felt like I was having dinner and dessert all at once! This was super easy and quick. I think it took me about 10 minutes in total (not counting the time it took me to figure out what the heck to make).

If you want a quick easy dinner, I highly recommend giving this a go. I still want to try an official Peach Pizza one of these days but until then this totally hit the spot!

Enjoy!