Guest Post by Amee of Inspired-Housewife
Hello to The Humbled Homemaker readers. I am excited to be with you today and share my love for good food. I am Amee from Inspired-Housewife where I write about anything that inspires me, from great cleaning tips, DIY tutorials, yummy desserts, and many topics related to special needs children. Before I dive into how much I love to experiment in my kitchen, I want to say congratulations to Erin on the birth of her baby. I hope your little one and you are doing well. Thank you also for the chance to share with your readers.
As I mentioned, I love food, and as I grow older I find myself experimenting more frequently in my kitchen. Until about three years ago pre-packaged lasagnas, macaroni and cheese and other easily processed meals were what I fed my family. Thankfully, I have a wonderful little boy who is sensitive to gluten and my husband and I made the decision to change our family’s eating lifestyle to become gluten free. This was no easy feat because I really was not a great cook, but like everything else in life I dove in head first to learn as much as I could.
One of my favorite comfort foods is pizza, and last month I made a cauliflower crust pizza. It was delicious! I am shocked by how good cauliflower is when used as a pizza crust. One of my readers told me she made a crust, and suddenly realized she had no tomato sauce. So, she covered the crust with pesto. Curious to see how pesto would taste compared to tomato sauce, I made two pizzas, one pesto and one with the red tomato sauce. They were both good, but the pesto pizza was amazing. Even my hubby, who is not a fan of my veggie crust pizzas, could not quit eating it. I hope you will experiment in your kitchen soon and try out my cauliflower crust pesto pizza.
3 cups of cooked cauliflower (minced in your food processor or blender)
3 eggs, whipped
3 teaspoons of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of dried basil
3 teaspoons of crushed garlic
1/2 cup of pesto (I used a jar of pesto, but pesto can be homemade as well)
2 cups of shredded mozzerella cheese
Plus any topping you might like to add. Your toppings, however, must be pre-cooked because the pizza is only put back into the oven to melt the cheese.
- Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
- If you have a pizza pan like me, lay parchment or cooking paper on the pan to spread the crust on or use a non-stick sprayed cookie sheet.
- Take your head of cauliflower and cut off the stems and leaves, then cut it into sections and place in your food processor or blender to be minced. The cauliflower should look like grain when you are done pulsing it. If you do not have a food processor or blender, then use a cheese grater to mince the cauliflower. Take the minced cauliflower and place it in a microwavable safe bowl, and then cook in your microwave for about six minutes. **The time could vary depending on the power of your microwave. If you do not have a microwave, steam the cauliflower. It will be a bit more mushy, but will still turn out the same once cooked.**
- In a large bowl mix together the cooked cauliflower, eggs, oregano, basil and garlic. Once these ingredients are thoroughly mixed, take the parchment paper covered pizza pan or spray coated cookie sheet and scoop out the mixture onto it. Use your hands to press the mixture about a quarter to half inch thick into the shape of a circle. If you make your crust too thin the pizza crust will not hold together and will fall apart when you serve it.
- Place the pan in the oven for 15 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
- Remove the crust from oven and cover with pesto sauce and your choice of cheese and other pre-cooked toppings.
- Place the pizza back into the oven and cook until the cheese is melted.
This pizza is yummy, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Let me know if you try it. I love to hear other people’s success stories or variations in trying new foods.
Amee is a housewife, a mother to three beautiful children, two fat cats, a few fish, and is married to her “Superman.” She loves to blog about what inspires her – cooking, kids, crafting, special needs, and tips that help her in daily life. If you loved this post and want to know more, then come check out her blog Inspired-Housewife where you get a glimpse into her chaotic life as a funny, semi-crunchy mommy and wife currently into home birth, cloth diapers, gluten free food while on a simultaneous journey to not lose herself as a woman.