Inflammation; you’ve probably heard this term and read about it in many places these days. Many illnesses have been linked to inflammation in the body and scientists are suggesting that we look to manage our diets with inflammation-busting foods. The foods that we want to try to avoid contain gluten, grains or dairy.
Spices such as Turmeric or Curcumin have anti-inflammatory properties as do many other foods. Good ole’ veggies provide much needed vitamins and anti-oxidants. Trends in supermarkets are appearing everywhere offering convenience foods like spiralized zucchini (aka zoodles) as a great alternative to pastas that are laden with gluten such as bleached white flour. Equally convenient and a great substitute for rice is cauliflower. Pre-packaged ‘rice’ substitutes can taste even better than regular rice!
As we learn more about nutrition and what can boost our immune system and decrease inflammation, we are seeing a whole host of recipes and ideas for preparing meals that almost anyone will enjoy. Here’s one for Cauliflower pizza that will please even the most die-hard pizza lovers in your family or amongst your friends.
Enjoy and be healthy!
1 head cauliflower
½ cup mozzarella, shredded
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1. Preheat oven to 500˚F/260˚C.
2. Remove the leaves and stem of the cauliflower and transfer pieces to a food processor.
3. Rice the cauliflower by pulsing it in the food processor, or by shredding it on a box grater.
4. Once riced, transfer to a large bowl and microwave for 4 minutes. Let it cool down for a few minutes before handling!
5. Transfer cooked cauliflower to a clean towel and wring out as much liquid as possible.
Place wrung cauliflower in a bowl and combine with mozzarella, oregano, basil, salt, 6. garlic powder, and an egg. Mix well.
7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place cauliflower mixture in the middle. Spread out the mixture and form a circle out of the cauliflower mixture, pushing along the edge to raise a “crust.”
8. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust has become golden brown in the center and on the edges.
9. Top with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings, being careful not to overload the pizza.
10. Bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese has fully melted.
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