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Cauliflower-Base Pizza

A lighter meal but still AMAZINGLY yummy and, I would argue, is an even better alternative to regular pizza.

INGREDIENTS

  • 300g cauliflower couscous
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 60g 30% lighter cheese, grated or sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil
  • 2 tsp green pesto
  • 100g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Seasoning

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/8.
  2. Combine the cauliflower couscous, eggs and oregano to make a ‘dough’.
  3. Spread the olive oil onto baking parchment – this is important as the dough will stick if not (I found this out the hard way!).
  4. Create a ball with the cauliflower and mould into pizza-base form.
  5. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until hard and browning on the outside like a normal pizza base.
  6. Spread the tomato puree on, and add the toppings.
  7. Cook for a further 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted.
  8. Top with more fresh basil.
  9. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Only contributing 11.89g of carbohydrate per serving, this low-calorie meal provides 21g of protein and is good for a lighter dinner.

Cauliflower – High in vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis; and vitamin K for bone construction and cell signalling.

Eggs – Eggs are the most useful protein source as they provide essential amino acids (the building molecules of protein), which are also absorbed most efficiently by the body.

Cheese – Despite the high fat content, cheese is high in calcium for bone strength and stability.

 

Homemade Pizza

Cheaper than a takeaway and a fun activity to do with friends or family, this homemade pizza goes down a treat! Serve with side salad or veggies.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 150ml water

TOPPING IDEAS (in photo)

Margherita:

  • 50g mozzarella
  • 30g tomato passata
  • 1 tsp dried basil

Hawaiian:

  • 3 rungs of canned pineapple (in juice)
  • 4 slices of prosciutto ham
  • 50g mozzarella

Tuna and Olive:

  • 1 can of tuna in brine
  • 10 sliced black olives, halved
  • 50g mozzarella

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 8/220
  2. Mix flour, yeast and salt with fingers.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the flour mix, and add the oil and half the water. Feed the flour mix into the water, whilst slowly adding most of the other half of the water.
  4. Mix well with your hands, using the leftover water if needed.
  5. Take out of bowl and put on floured surface, and knead for 10 minutes.
  6. Roll out into a pizza base (there is no need to let the dough rise).
  7. Add whatever toppings you are fancying!
  8. Bake for 10-12minutes until the base is crispy and the cheese has melted.
  9. Enjoy!

NUTRITION

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Nutrition label for margherita pizza, it will vary depending upon the added toppings.

In comparison to a portion (one small, half medium or 3 slices large) of takeaway pizza (Dominos classic crust cheese and tomato), my homemade version per portion provides 102 less calories, 16g less fat, 6g less saturated fat, 11.5g less sugar and 1.27g less salt. It is also SUPER fun to make!

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