OMG, I can eat this? aims to reconstruct your favorite No Go meals and turn them into delightts you can chow down on without feeling terribly afterward.
Now, pizza is one of those things. No matter how much you healthy it up, it’ll always be a bit of a guilty pleasure. I always find that I need to add a side salad or a soup to really feel full because I just feel so bad eating a lot of it.
This time around, though, I decided to add the salad on top. I mean, why should I feel horrible about eating a tomato sauce on top of broccoli? Admittedly, the cheese aspect is probably the one actually guilt here, but I’ve limited it to the crust only.
This version is exactly the same as your oh-so-popular cauliflower pizza except I’ve substituted one of my favorite vegetables in, instead. Apart from just LOOKING healthier with its green hue, there’s obviously a huge reduction in carbs and fat and a big increase in order protein, fiber and micronutrients. Depending on your toppings, you’re merely adding more goodness to your belly. How can you go wrong?
Adapted from this recipe.
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins
- 2 medium crowns of broccoli, processed until like fine rice
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- A pinch of salt
Method (and a touch of madness)
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- In a microwave safe bowl, place the broccoli and about 2 cups of hot water. Nuke for 2 mins.
- Line a colander with a cheesecloth or an old but clean kitchen cloth/towel that you don’t mind staining green. Strain broccoli.
- Allow to cool for a bit then wrap it up and squeeze. Think of the bicep and forearm workout! Get as much water out as you can.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and dump in the broccoli. Mix well.
- On an oven tray lined with parchment, dump out mixture and press together to form any pizza shape. I like to make a crest for the crust on the edges. Make sure the base is even and about 1/4 inch thick.
- Place in oven for 35-40 mins.
- Once cooked, it should have a browned tone to it. Top with sauce, toppings and cheese of your choice.
- Slice and savor!
Guide for the ‘arians:
- Flexitarian – good
- Pescetarian – good
- Vegetarian – good
- Omnivore – good
- Vegan – replace egg and cheese with vegan substitutes
- Gluten free – good
- Lactose free – replace cheese with vegan substitute