Monday, November 10, 2014

Cauliflower and Spinach Crust Pizza

I live on a tree-lined street with lots of tall, old, Oak Trees. It is beautiful right now... problem is there are so many leaves! Ugh! Good thing Charlie loves when I rake, she thinks it is a blast even though I am panting and sweating and tearing my hands...ok they were torn from bar muscle ups, but still, it didn't help. :)

I have been wanting to try cauliflower crust pizza because people rave about it, but I was struggling to find a recipe without cheese in the crust. It took me a few tries and some pizza burned to the pan but I think my version turned out pretty good. I added spinach to the crust just to get some more vegetables in it. I am not going to lie, Charlie ate the kielbasa off of it and didn't even try the crust. It is a little labor intensive, but the key is to squeeze the water out- without squeezing as much as you can get out it turns out mushy. My pizza in this attempt was not paleo, but a little raw cheddar cheese was needed because I like cheese and I don't care. 

Cauliflower and Spinach Crust Pizza

- One Head of Cauliflower
- 1 10-oz Box Chopped, Frozen Spinach
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

1. Chop the cauliflower into florets. Using a food processor, pulse or chop the florets until they resemble rice. I had to do mine in more than one batch. Pour the "rice" onto a parchment lined baking sheet, or a glass baking dish (grease.)
2. Roast the cauli-rice for 20 minutes. The top will get that "roasted" color.

3. While the cauliflower is cooking, defrost the spinach. Using either a tea towel or cheese cloth, ring the water out of the spinach.
- Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees when you pull the cauliflower out -

4. When the cauliflower is done, put it in the tea towel with the spinach. Let it cool a few minutes, then ring out as much water as possible... the drier it is, the crispier the crust. You should have at least a cup of water- use those muscles! It is "done" being rung-out when it sticks together like a ball. During this process I stop, break it apart in the tea towel and then ring it out again.

5. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Press the "dough" onto a baking sheet about 1/4 inch thick. Bake 20 minutes until the edges are brown and it is crisping on the bottom.

6. A this point you can top it with items you don't plan on cooking, or top it and bake again until the toppings are melted or done.


  1. That pizza looks so great! I am just starting my Paleo food journey. Could I chop up fresh spinach instead of frozen? Then maybe it wouldn't need to be rung out???

    1. You could try it! I would still add the hot cauliflower on top to wilt it. Most of the water actually comes from the cauliflower- almost a cup in my experience. I have other pizza recipes on the site if you are craving it :) welcome to the paleo journey- it's hard at first but is not just part of my lifestyle. It's so great to enjoy food the way it should be- not all processed!