Cauli-crust Pizza!

Hello my low-carb lovelies!

This past week has been a tough one. Work is slowing down, Chinese New Year is this weekend, and I’m going through somewhat of a quarter-life crisis.

What I want is comfort food. Something that makes me feel safe and fat. 🙂

Enter PIZZA.

My boyfriend loves pizza. I’m sure he could eat it four times a week and still be happy to eat it a fifth. Me? Once every couple months is more than enough.

This was one time that the craving struck and he was more than happy to have some pizza on his ketogenic diet…

But there still stood one question…WHAT DO WE MAKE THE CRUST FROM? There are so many choices…almond meal, coconut flor, flaxseed meal, eggplant, zucchini, chicken, pork rinds, cauliflower…

Out of all of these, the most popular one I see floating around these interwebs is for cauliflower crust pizza…let’s try it! (other versions coming soon!)

I started by preheating my oven to 400 and then combining a head of cauliflower florets, steamed and mashed, mozzarella cheese, spices, and egg whites in a large bowl.

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I didn’t quite steam my cauliflower long enough so we had to use a hand mixer to get it into a “dough”…watch out! it goes everywhere! my bf had to put his hands over the bowl to prevent it from flying out.

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Then I took the mixture and patted it into a ¼ inch thick mass on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

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We baked it in the oven for about 20 minutes, until it was brown and caramelized all over….it looks like pizza crust!

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Then we topped it with ragu pizza sauce (only 5 carbs per ¼ cup!), more cheese (bf got overzealous), and pepperoni. I would top with WAY less cheese next time. The crust itself already has a lot PLUS the crust can’t stand up to the heaviness.

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It was good! You can definitely still taste the cauliflower, but its rather mild and still very delicious. My boyfriend’s dad actually didn’t know until we told him!

I cut this into 8 slices and one was really filling for me. Boyfriend had 2 slices and was full…

Recipe:

Crust:

1 head of cauliflower florets, mashed and cooled to room temp
1 cup mozzerella cheese
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt

Preheat oven to 400.

Combine all ingredients and flatten onto parchment lined baking sheet to about 1/4 inch.

Bake 15-20 minutes until brown.

Top with your choice of sauce and toppings.

Good luck!

Keto Key Lime Cheesecakes

Hello all!

There are many things in life that are considered taboo on a diet.

Pizza. Fried Chicken. Milkshakes. Cheesecake…

CHEESECAKE.

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These are amazing little beauties with only 2g of carbs per serving…now, according to my boyfriend, that means you can eat 3 in one sitting without feeling like you cheated, but they still contain about 225 calories each, so I only eat one. 🙂

This recipe makes 12 cupcake sized cheesecakes. (use liners for easy removal and cleanup)

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You start out with coconut oil, almond meal, 2 tsp of stevia, and cinnamon in a bowl.

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Mix until it’s almost paste-like and then scoop about 2 tsp per baking cup.

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Bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes.

While the crust is baking, combine softened cream cheese, stevia, eggs, key lime juice, zest and vanilla in a bowl. Mix until well incorporated and then divide evenly amongst cupcake tray.

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Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. When they are cracked at the top, they are definitely done….actually slightly over baked who I don’t mind…I think it may be because we are not using real sugar. Oh well.

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I like to refrigerate these overnight before serving. The crust will set up nicely. If you try to eat these at room temperature (AHEM, boyfriend who can’t wait) they will be crumbly but still tasty, I suppose.

You can top them with a bit of whipped cream if you like, but I’m low-calorie as well as low-carb, so I skip that.

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Cool and creamy with a zing of true lime flavor! The flavor of the coconut oil in the crust really compliments the lime.

Bon Appetite!

Recipe:

For the crust:

1/2 cup almond meal
2 tblsp coconut oil (melted)
2 tsp stevia
1/4 tsp cinnamon

For the filling:

2 packages of cream cheese (8oz each), softened
2 eggs
1 tblsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup stevia in the raw
Juice and zest of 4 key limes

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine filling ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Divide among baking cups and use spoon to press into a crust.

Bake for 7 minutes. Remove, and turn down oven to 350.

While crusts are baking,

Combine filling ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Divide evenly between crusts.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 mins until crusts are slightly cracked but not brown.

Remove and cool overnight.

Nutrition facts: 225 Calories. 2g Carbohydrates.