So for lent I decided to give up gluten and I’m shocked at how well I’ve managed to keep it up. Me and my housemate have used it as a great excuse to actually have a go at different recipes we’ve seen all over Instagram and wanted to try for ages like courgette pasta and cauliflower pizza dishes. Sweet potato brownies is next on the agenda so I will keep you posted!
I was so surprised how much the cauliflower base started to look like dough as it cooked in the oven and it really didn’t take too much effort. The only difference was that it didn’t turn out quite the same shape as a pizza as we’d have liked… but it was a our first go. There is room for improvement!
We topped one with veggies and the other with pesto chicken – both very scrummy and we recommend to try!
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- 1 head cauliflower, stalk removed
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs
- A few grind of cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Break and chop the cauliflower into small florets and pulse in a food processor until fine.
- Steam and drain well. (We put it on top of kitchen roll to help get the moisture out)
- Once you have let the cauliflower cool, combine it with the rest of the ingredients.
- Transfer to the middle of the baking sheet. What I would recommend – that we didn’t do and should have done – is spread it into a circle to try and resemble a pizza crust.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Add desired toppings and bake an additional 10 minutes.
Top it up
For the veggie one we covered the base with tomato passata, chopped peppers, sweetcorn, red onion and grated cheese.
For the meaty one we fried the chicken in a little coconut oil and pesto before topping on to the tomato passata, onion, sweetcorn and adding cheese.
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The might not be circular shape but I think they look pretty damn close to squared-shaped pizzas! Can you even tell from the pics that the bases are made from a vegetable? I hope you try this at home and enjoy experimenting with gluten-free options as much as we have.
Love Leeanna xo