1 - medium head cauliflower (1 1/2 to 2 pounds), cored and cut into florets (4 cups)
1 - egg, lightly beaten
1/4 - cup shredded Italian cheese blend (1 ounce)
1/4 - cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 - cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 - teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed
1/4 - teaspoon salt
2cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1cup yellow or green sweet pepper strips
1small red onion
, cut into thin wedges
1teaspoon olive oil
3/4cup Fast Pizza Sauce or canned pizza sauce
1cup shedded Italian cheese blend (4 ounces)
Snipped fresh basil, oregano, and/or parsley
Place the cauliflower in a food processor. Cover and pulse four to six times or until crumbly and mixture resembles the texture of couscous.
Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place cauliflower in a microwave-safe casserole with 2 tablespoons water. Microwave, covered, on 100% power (high) for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender, stirring once or twice. Cool. Transfer cauliflower to a 100% cotton flour-sack towel. Wrap towel around cauliflower and squeeze until there is no more liquid (this step is critical).
In a medium bowl stir together cooked and drained cauliflower, egg, the 1/4 cup Italian cheese blend, the Parmesan cheese, panko, Italian seasoning, and salt. On a piece of parchment paper pat cauliflower mixture into a 12-inch circle. Transfer crust on paper to the preheated pizza stone. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until crisp and starting to brown.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook and stir mushrooms, sweet pepper, and onion in hot oil for 4 to 6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from heat.
Spoon pizza sauce over baked crust, spreading evenly. Top with cooked vegetables. Sprinkle evenly with the 1 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake about 5 minutes more or until heated and cheese melts. If desired, sprinkle with snipped fresh herb. Cut into slices to serve.
Fast Pizza Sauce
cup chopped onion (1 medium)
cloves garlic, minced
tablespoon olive oil
8-ounce can tomato sauce
teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
teaspoon dried basil
teaspoon crushed red pepper
In a small saucepan, cook onion and garlic in hot oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato sauce, oregano, basil, salt, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency. Makes 1 cup.
Nutrition Facts (Fast Pizza Sauce)
Per serving: 27 kcal cal., 2 g fat ( 0 g sat. fat, 0 mg chol., 222 mg sodium, 3 g carb., 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 1 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Nutrition Facts (Cauliflower-Crusted Pizza)
Per serving: 264 kcal cal., 14 g fat (7 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 4 g monounsatured fat), 76 mg chol., 893 mg sodium, 18 g carb., 4 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 17 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet