Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza

Take a look at my first recipe made for ECMP 355 Learning Project!

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For my first attempt at a vegetarian recipe for ECMP355, I chose an entreé so that I could share with some of my family members.  I started scrolling through Pinterest, looking for anything that appealed to me.  I came across a different version of Mexican-flavour pizza and decided I would try to find a vegetarian version.  I came across a recipe that combined Southwestern ingredients such as black beans and corn.  I decided I would use this recipe but adapt it slightly so that I could personalize it as well as experiment with making a different type of crust.  For my learning project, I am not going to be using any pre-made food items such as store bought pizza crust.  I decided I would try to make a gluten-free cauliflower crust for the pizza.

An overview of the nutritional value:

  • Cauliflower – Vitamin C, potassium, fibre, low calories, etc.
  • Black beans – Digestive tract benefits, protein, etc.
  • Corn – Thiamin, beta-carotene, etc.
  • Tomatoes – Antioxidants, Vitamin A, etc.
  • Avocado – Heart-healthy, monounsaturated fats, fibre, etc.
  • Spinach – Iron, beta carotene, Vitamin C, etc.
  • Red pepper – Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, etc.

As you can see, the ingredients used for this recipe are filled with nutrients – very important for vegetarians.

The food-making process…

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Ate it alllllllll… Pizza18

 

I adapted the pizza recipe to suit my own taste by adding tomatoes and red pepper, making my own guacamole (2 avocados, juice of 1 lime, chopped tomato, salt, pepper), my own salsa (heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion, salt, pepper, green chiles) and of course, the cauliflower crust.  I also added spinach and iceberg lettuce on top of the pizza to add some green and crunch. The pizza was delicious – the only thing I would change for next time would be the 2 eggs called for in the crust recipe.  The crust could have benefited from less egg-taste by only using one egg and possibly adding cornmeal to the pan for some added crispy-ness.

Overall, this was a successful first attempt for my ECMP355 Learning Project.  Stay tuned for more recipes and pictures…

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