Eating more fruits and vegetables has many benefits, including lower risk for stroke, heart disease and cancer. A large study found that cruciferous veggies, such as cauliflower and broccoli, are particularly good for your heart and arteries. Here’s an easy, delicious way to enjoy cauliflower. This recipe can also be used as a flavorful flatbread for sandwiches.
1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese or shredded low-fat mozzarella
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 garlic clove, minced
Your favorite pizza toppings
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper. Pulse florets in food processor until minced to the size of rice.* Steam in steamer basket for about 5 minutes over boiling water, then pour into strainer or colander lined with a clean dishtowel. Cool, then twist towel tightly to wring out liquid.
Transfer cauliflower into large bowl, add eggs, cheeses, spices, garlic and salt (if using) and mix well. Transfer mixture to parchment-lined pizza pan or cooking sheet and shape into a circular pizza crust about 1/4 inch thick, packing down mixture firmly. Bake 20 minutes, add pizza toppings, and bake 10 minutes more. Slice into wedges and serve with your favorite salad. Adapted from Foodnetwork.com and Detoxinista.com.
*Some grocery stores sell “riced” cauliflower (and broccoli too), which can be a handy time-saver in making this recipe.