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Monday, September 24, 2012

csa pizza with cauliflower crust

cauliflower crusted pizza

you guys. i'm almost in my mid 30s. lest you think this is about me lamenting over it, rest assured, it's not. i'm glad i'm out of my twenties, a time in which i felt was the second coming of my adolescence, even more riddled with self-absorption and doom laden than the first. it was a time full of petulance, laziness, pretentiousness; i was self-indulgent, self-important, self-righteous, even self-loathing, all the countless selfs but not self-confident, the one self that i needed the most.

so now i'm sitting here, reflecting a bit (ok, a lot) about the lessons i've learned on the way to where i am today. here are my top five:

lesson #1: when doing laundry, separate. thankfully dw does that now.
lesson #3: having romantically barren years is ok.
lesson #5: comparing yourself to someone else's best is soul crushing.

and now i feel self-smug cus it seems like i know it all. i don't. i'm still taking lessons, i'm still learning from them, only this time i'm more self-aware to not be an asshole while i'm doing it.

cauliflower crusted pizza 2

this cauliflower crust pizza was a lesson for me: i was skeptical, i may have even scoffed when i first read about it from food loves writing. i have since learned a few things: pizza can now return to my diet, crust does not have to fill you up in such a way that you feel sick after, and trying to flip this crust is a bad idea. what is a good idea tho topping it with fresh, local produce from the csa, like a harvest of all that is good during the season.

CSA Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

the first time i made this, i used brown rice flour which made the crust crisper, whereas the second time almost a cup of almond flour was used and it was chewier, dw thought it was more like a traditional pizza crust. i preferred the first.

460gr ground raw cauliflower flourettes
3/4 cups *some kind of flour, such as brown rice flour, almond flour if you're gluten free or reg. AP is fine
3 eggs
3 TBL nutritional yeast
3 TBL dried italian seasoning
salt/pepper

toppings, whatever you want, i used:
soy cheese
sliced green pepper
sliced tomato

pre-heat oven to 450F

pulse cauliflower in a food processor, but don't get crazy, you don't want it to get mushy. aim for small rice kernel consistency.

whisk 3 eggs and mix all the other ingredients of crust together. i'll be honest, the mixture was kinda wet, i added maybe 1/3 cup of extra flour in but it never really formed a ball and i read a variation of this recipe where the blogger was able to flip her dough a few times. yeah, i wasn't able to. it's ok, i'm not a failure and if you can't do it, you're not either.

pour half the mixture on parchment paper. spread it out as thin as you want. it might be messy, but it'll mainly be awesome.

bake crust alone for 15 minutes. take out of oven and top however you want, spreading stuff, dolloping it, or whatever. bake an additional 10 minutes. remove from oven, enjoy.

repeat with remaining crust mixture.

cauliflower crusted pizza 3

this is my contribution for the food matters project, hosted by Gracie of Food Fascination.

32 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this pizza! And I love that we live and we learn (and hopefully evolve in the process!).

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    1. yes! evolving, it's all about growing from what we learn!

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  2. I'm also swimming around in the mid 30-ish range...and it's wonderful. Less drama and gradual self-acceptance. (Although I think I'm doomed to be an over-thinker/worrier for my entire life.)

    And you're spot on about pizza crusts. They're so filling and bland. This beautiful pizza, however, I would not feel self-conscious about devouring. Simple and healthy and uncluttered. A pizza who has finally reached it's 30's too. ;)

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    1. valerie, i sound like a broken record but i adore my 30s. i tell my friends, who are hitting the 30 year mark & are freaking out, that life just seems to even out when you hit this decade. i can only imagine it getting better as we age.

      you are so right, this pizza is so simple and healthy and UNCLUTTERED, as how life should be.

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  3. For someone in her mid-thirties, you seem pretty damn together. And now that I'm 40? I can say that your top five lessons are right on the button. (Still.)

    I like the idea of cauliflower in pizza crust. In fact, I'm sitting here thinking that I would never, ever have thought: hey, I'm going to add cauliflower to my pizza dough.

    Thank goodness for the interwebs.

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    1. oh the things we learn on the internet! recipes, life lessons...

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  4. i love love love your lessons, though i will admit sometimes i'm lazy and don't sort the laundry (slow brain days and all that.)

    did you see the bacon-lattice pizza crust that's been going around? i think it would make a perfect dinner party complement to your csa pizza here… :)

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    1. sarah, confession: sometimes i don't sort either but then guilt gets me and i worry that i'll mess up dw's clothes so i try to stick to non-matter stuff like towels, napkins, and socks, leaving the important stuff to him to wash. another Life lesson: know your limitations.

      i have not seen the bacon-lattice pizza crust! if i had a bigger place i'd have homemade pizza parties. since it's not big enough, it will just have to be small party of me + dw. it's a hard life i live.

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  5. My favorite was life lesson #3. I would not trade the barren years for anything. :) And this pizza! Looks amazing ... I've been lucky to lose the baby weight, but some good, vegetable-based recipes will not go amiss in my quest to get svelte again. :)

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    1. shelley, that was really hard for me to understand + accept. sometimes the pressure of being settled is great, the loneliness is even greater, but greatest of all, the fear of never being comfortable at being alone.

      i am so happy to read about your bouncing baby and getting back in shape! you are an inspiration, sweet girl! if you make this, please do let me know how it works out for you.

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  6. I love #4 especially -- I continually compare myself and then think, what am I doing? this is so unwise! -- and this pizza looks amazing.

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    1. yes, it's not only unwise, it hurts. i known not to do this but sometimes i still get in that funk and i have to verbally tell myself not to.

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  7. What a great take on the cauliflower crust pizza ... Love it :-)

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  8. I was just thinking the other day that I was so arrogant in my 20s. I think I'm much more approachable now. Too bad I didn't give more people half the chance I should have back then.

    This summer, I sliced zucchini and just topped them with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. The toppings satisfied my pizza cravings and I didn't feel as full and icky because there was no dough.

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    1. chi WC, exactly. i was so arrogant, without much leg to stand on. but it's something that we can look back on + be thankful that we're not like that anymore, at least not in that obnoxious way.

      that's a great idea to make with sliced zucchini!

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  9. I love your 'no drama' attitude! Being 31 I still have a couple of years to not sort my laundry:) I love that recipes always have a way of turning out differently and are still not failures. Case in point...my apple crisp which was really apple mush but turned out great as an oatmeal/yogurt topping!

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    1. another life lesson: perspective! i bet your apple crisp was delicious!

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  10. I'm still in my 20s, but love the life lessons. My cousin says her 30s are so much better than her 20s, and my mom says her 40s were better than her 30s (and her 50s are the best of all!) I'm always a bit puzzled when a friend is upset about turning 30, or another milestone; I feel like each stage is better than the last.

    Absolutely love the cauliflower crust. Looks so crunchy and delicious!

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    1. yes, every stage has been better than the last. i am looking fwd to the next but until that happens, i'm loving the current.

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  11. I haven't tried using cauliflower for crust yet. looks awesome!

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  12. Haha I love the mix of comments between life lessons and the recipe. Your blog is so great with mixing self-reflection and small life stories with food! Thanks for the reminder about not comparing yourself to others. That's a definite goal for me this year!

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    1. aliza, it's so fantastic to read everyone's take on the lessons, or any lessons they want to impart.

      good luck with your goal. and just keep in mind, someone is also comparing themself to you, you're also an inspiration.

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  13. I love the crust Lan! I have had cauliflower pizza on my mind for a while now. Glad to see you tried it.

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  14. Great post :). I have been seeing these cauliflower crust pizza everywhere for months now - I need to make one!

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  15. This is so intriguing! I think I may have to try a cauliflower crust.

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  16. I love this idea! Will try it. I haven't eaten cauliflower in probably 20 years. I used to have to eat this microwaved cauliflower with mayo and melted cheddar growing up, and I have a big aversion to the texture and taste because of it. However, I could totally try it out in a pizza like this -- maybe I'll appreciate it again!

    I love your lessons list! Not following lesson #5 is huge. This kind of thinking kept me from enjoying most of my 20s but, as I get further into my 30s, its slowly fading away.

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  17. Thanks for sharing! I have made this crust, but without the almond flour. So going to try it next time.

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  18. hello!
    Is yeast essential, will my crust fall apart if i don't add it?

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  19. hi pitrih,

    for clarification, yeast is not included in this recipe, as the crust is not rising/expanding. nutritional yeast is something that i added for a bit of texture and nuttiness, you can add Parmesan cheese or whatever grated hard cheese you want instead.

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    1. thank you for your reply :)
      I don't know much about nutritional yeast so i assumed it's similar to ordinary yeast. Thanks for teaching me :)

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