Hey friends! How was everyone’s Christmas?
Oh my gosh, mine was absolutely wonderful!
One of my favorite things we did was go to “Winterfest” at Kings Island with my little nieces. It was so cute to see them get so excited over the Christmas lights!
You know what I get so excited for?
I mean, not only is it gorgeous to look at, it is also a knockout in the taste department!
It’s my Fennel & Pesto Pizza!
And it’s got a secret ingredient: cauliflower!
Yep! It’s got a cauliflower crust! And trust me, folks, you can’t even tell!
But my favorite part of this meal, is that it is so convenient! You can make it ahead and have it all ready to go at the drop of a [Santa] hat!
Plus, it’s gluten free, paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet friendly, AND it has a vegan option!
Here’s What you Need: (Serves 1)
1 cup cauliflower, riced
2 egg whites (Vegan option: 1 flax/chia egg)
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup broccoli, steamed
3/4 cup green peas, steamed
1 cup fresh basil
2 Tbsp pine nuts
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 garlic clove
1 Tbsp EVOO
healthy pinch of salt and pepper
1 tomato, sliced
4 mushrooms, sliced
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 bulb of fennel, shaved on a mandoline slicer
1/4 tsp dried oregano and basil
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the raw cauliflower florets in the food processor and process until it resembles rice. Then, place the rice in a clean kitchen towel (or several paper towels) and wring out all the liquid. (This is a really important step!)
Then, combine the wrung-out cauliflower rice thoroughly with the almond flour, salt, and egg whites. (Or egg of choice.)
Cut 2 sheets of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet. Put your cauliflower dough onto one sheet of parchment, and place the other sheet on top. “Smoosh” it out fairly thin. Spritz the top with EVOO. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.
Next, carefully shave your fennel on a mandoline slicer. (I’ve learned from experience that it is very important to use the safety hand guard!!) Also, slice your tomato into about 1/4 inch slices.
Meanwhile, brown the mushrooms in a skillet with 1 tsp EVOO. Do this by placing them in a single layer, and then don’t touch them for about 3-4 minutes, so that they can brown. Then, flip, and let them sit untouched for another 3 minutes. Add your bell peppers to the pan and them let cook for another 3 minutes. Sprinkle them with about 1/4 tsp dried basil and oregano. Take off the stove and hit with salt and pepper to taste.
Finally, make the pesto. First, steam the broccoli and peas either in the microwave or in a steamer basket. Then, place all the pesto ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth. You’ll need to scrape the sides several times.
To assemble, spread a thin layer of the pesto on your flatbread. Leave about a 1/2 inch border. Then, place the tomato slices on top. Top those with your peppers and mushrooms. Finally, sprinkle the top with the raw fennel.
Mmm mmm mmm this was SO TASTY!!
Let’s be honest: Fennel can be kind of an intimidating vegetable. It’s this big white bulb that has these freakish and fuzzy stalks protruding up like Edward Scissor Hands. (dramatic much??) BUT, it really is delicious. It add a wonderfully delicate crunch to a dish and has an unmistakably lovely licorice flavor, unlike anything else. I had some extra fennel left over, and my family (who had never had it before) put it on their salads and LOVED it! #fennelconverts 🙂
I loved the addition of the juicy tomatoes to this dish too. They were sweet and fresh and complimented the bright pesto wonderfully. Finally, the mushrooms were perfectly chewy and earthy.
Finally, it goes without saying, but I love my cauliflower crusts. They’re one of my “staples.” I always keep the ingredients on hand: frozen cauliflower and almond flour! It has this wonderfully nutty and delicate flavor. You honestly don’t taste the cauliflower AT ALL! It’s a miracle food, seriously!
And you can pick it up like a piece of pizza. Sounds like a winner to me!
And lastly, this dish was absolutely beautiful too with all the colors. It just begs to be eaten and enjoyed. And that’s just what I did!
What was the highlight of your Christmas?
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