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Craving Pizza? We Tested Two Healthy Alternatives and One Clearly Stole Our Taste Buds.

Alydia Bryant

For years people have been raving over cauliflower pizza. Its low carb, gluten free ingredients has allowed people an opportunity to try the food they love in a new manor while still staying within the guidelines of their nutrition. We recently stumbled along a pizza crust recipe called Fat Head Pizza. People were claiming it was the Holy Grail of pizza so we decided to test the two out and give them our own review. 

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Cauliflower Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower - should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon basil or rosemary, minced (or dry)
  • ½ teaspoon oregano, minced (or dry)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • Choice of Toppings

Instruction

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Remove the stems from the cauliflower and cut into chunks, Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse it until it resembles the texture of rice. If you don't have a food processor, you can use a cheese grater or chop it very finely.
  3. Microwave the processed cauliflower uncovered in a microwave safe bowl for approximately 4-5 minutes on high. Remove it from the microwave and allow it to cool for at least 4-5 minutes (trust me don't rush this step!). After the cauliflower is slightly cooled, place it in a kitchen towel and squeeze all the liquid out of it. Be sure to squeeze as much liquid as humanly possible. 
  4. Combine the cooked cauliflower, egg, garlic, cheese, and seasonings. Stir until a dough texture forms. Spread the cauliflower mixture out onto lightly greased parchment paper or a pizza pan in the shape of a pizza crust. 
  5. Bake the crust for approximately 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven), or until the crust is golden and crispy. I cooked mine for approximately 15 minutes. After the crust is golden remove it from the oven and add your toppings, I used marinara sauce and cheese for a simple margarita pizza. 
  6. Place the pizza back in the oven but this time turn on the broiler, bake for about 2-5 minutes until the cheese melts. be sure to keep an eye on it because the broiler can burn the cheese quickly. 
  7. Slice and serve warm , enjoy!
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Fat Head Pizza:

Ingredients:

  •  1 3/4cups pre shredded/grated cheese 
  •  3/4cup almond meal/flour
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • pinch salt to taste
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary/ garlic or other flavorings (optional)
  • choice of toppings

Instruction

  1. Mix the shredded/grated cheese and almond flour/meal in a microwaveable bowl. Add the cream cheese. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.
  2. Stir then microwave on HIGH for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add the egg, salt, rosemary and any other flavorings, mix gently.
  4. Place in between 2 pieces of baking parchment/paper and roll into a circular pizza shape (see photos above). Remove the top baking paper/parchment. If the mixture hardens and becomes difficult to work with, pop it back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften again but not too long or you will cook the egg.
  5. Make fork holes all over the pizza base to ensure it cooks evenly.
  6. Slide the baking paper/parchment with the pizza base, on a baking tray (cookie tray) or pizza stone, and bake at 220C/425F for 12-15 minutes, or until brown.
  7. To make the base really crispy and sturdy, flip the pizza over (onto baking paper/parchment) once the top has browned.
  8. Once cooked, remove from the oven and add all the toppings you like. Make sure any meat is already cooked as this time it goes back into the oven just to heat up the toppings and melt the cheese. Bake again at 220C/425F for 5 minutes.

Reviews

"From the minute I took my first bite I knew which pizza was going to win in my book. This was my first time trying cauliflower and fat head pizza. The Fat Head pizza was a bit spongey compared to normal Pizza but you could still pick it up/fold it/ eat it to your own desire. The Cauliflower pizza taste like cauliflower and we were un able to pick it up. It had to be eaten with a fork." -Alydia

Fat Head:

Appearance: 9

Consistency/Texture: 9

Ease of Preparation:8

Taste:9

Cauliflower:

Appearance: 7

Consistency/Texture: 5

Ease of Preparation:5

Taste:4


"I loved both pizzas that we tried for different reasons. Overall, however, I liked the fathead crust better than the cauliflower crust pizza, mainly because of texture. I enjoyed the cauliflower crust's pizza's flavor, but the texture was just a tad too mushy for me to consider it a pizza dough. The fathead pizza crust on the other hand had similar texture to an actual crust made from flour. Even though it was slightly spongier than normal pizza crust, it was very minimal." -Avery

Fathead pizza:

Appearance: 9

Consistency/texture: 8

Ease of Preparation:9

Taste: 9

Cauliflower pizza:

Appearance: 8

Consistency/texture: 4

Ease of preparation: 3 (This was so tricky to prepare!)

Taste: 7 - as long as you're not expecting a classic pizza taste, otherwise 5


"Both pizzas were phenomenal considering they were low carb and gluten free. The cauliflower crusted pizza wasn’t too bad, considering it was primarily made out of a vegetable. The fathead pizza was super delicious and honestly, I would prefer that crust over normal pizza crust."-Gentry

Fathead pizza:

Appearance: 10

Consistency/texture: 10

Ease of Preparation:9

Taste: 10

Cauliflower pizza:

Appearance: 9

Consistency/texture: 7

Ease of Preparation:6

Taste: 8


"I think the winner for me was the Fathead Pizza for a few different reasons. It was much easier to make than the Cauliflower pizza, fewer steps and better overall crust. As far as taste, the Fathead had more flavor while the Cauliflower pizza really didn't have a lot of flavor as far as crust goes. This is not to say that the cauliflower pizza wasn't good because I think that it is still a great alternative. "- Meredith

Fathead pizza:

Appearance: 10

Consistency/texture: 10

Ease of Preparation:10

Taste: 10

Cauliflower Pizza:

Appearance: 7

Consistency/texture: 5

Ease of Preparation:6

Taste: 8

Avocado Brownies

Gentry Dove

 

Here is an amazing recipe for a gluten-free, healthier brownie that will satisfy your cravings while leaving you feeling shame-free.

 

INGREDIENTS

300g Dark Chocolate 

2 tbsp Coconut Oil

2-4 hass Avocados, pitted & peeled

1/2 cup Honey or Maple Syrup

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 Eggs, at room temperature

1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1/2 cup less 1 Tbsp. Coconut Flour

 

FROSTING

1 medium hass Avocado, pitted & peeled

3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

3 Tbsp Maple Syrup 

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or line the base and sides of a 8x8 baking dish.

Place the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl and set over simmering water, without it touching the water.

Stir chocolate until smooth and then remove from heat and set aside.

 

Place avocados into a food processor or blend until smooth. 

Stir the avocado, honey and vanilla extract into the cooled chocolate. 

Next add the eggs, one at a time, making sure each is well mixed before adding the next.

 

Stir in the coconut flour and cocoa powder until the batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared dish and spread to cover and fill the corners.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the top is firm to the touch.

Remove from oven and cool completely.

FROSTING

Blend avocado.

Mix all ingredients together.

Once brownies are cooled, add frosting on top.

 

 

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Alydia Bryant

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