Today I am here to help you keep on the right track for your New Year’s resolutions! One of the hardest things I fight while trying to stick to a diet is my carb craving. I am an absolute CARB JUNKY!! Who’s with me?! One of my favorite foods is pizza and seriously, I would eat it every day for every meal if I knew it wouldn’t make me 300 pounds overnight. Lol. I would have to say pizza is also one of the HARDEST cravings to satisfy with other things. When you want it, you WANT it! It doesn’t help when you’ve had a long day, a million things going on and for $5 you can pick it up “hot” in a drive thru. That is just asking for me to break down. UNTIL NOW! Enter, my pizza snacks made with cauliflower crust. I actually came up with this recipe by finding other things online but eventually developed it into my own. I also started using it for snacks because snacking keeps me from eating three meals at one sitting after I have starved myself all day. (Not a good way to stay healthy!!) One of my favorite options about this is different toppings because my husband and I have different pizza preferences. I am more of a veggies girl and he likes the meats. By doing these little snack bites, we both win! They also stay good in the fridge for a while so you can make a big batch to use for the week or even freeze for another time. Add to that they have just a few simple ingredients you almost always have around the house, and BOOM, an ideal recipe without much effort.
Here’s what you will need:
- 2 bags (16 oz. each) of frozen cauliflower
- 2 cups of shredded cheese (you can use ANY kind. My favorite had been pepper jack but I honestly use whatever we have in the fridge!)
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of Garlic salt
- Pizza sauce (Check to make sure it has low sugar and NOT regular pasta sauce! I chose to use tomato sauce and added my own seasonings like Italian herbs and chopped garlic. This is only because the store I was at did not have pizza sauce and to keep the recipe low in sugar, you can’t use regular paste sauce.)
- Any toppings you like! I used pepperoni, bacon, sausage, banana peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and orange bell pepper.
- Muffin pan
- Non-stick cooking spray
So the first thing to do is prepare the crust. First, throw the cauliflower in a bowl and run water over it for a few minutes.
Next, throw into the blender trying to keep water out. After you have blended for a minute, stir it around and blend again to get most of the chunks out. This does NOT have to be perfectly smooth. Next, take some paper towels and blot off the excess water from the blended cauliflower. For me, I just put it back into the original mixing bowl and start squeezing the water out. Then take the 3 eggs, 1 cup of the shredded cheese, and garlic salt stirring together with the cauliflower. (Save the other cup of cheese for toppings.)
Spray your muffin pan and place a spoonful of mix to fill half of the muffin cup. Place in a pre-heated 400 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes, or golden brown on top. If you have made the crusts thicker, you may want to broil an additional 5 minutes until you see the top become a golden brown crust.
Your crust is ready for toppings! Place a spoonful of sauce on the top, and layer away your choice of veggies or meats.
Place back in the oven for 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and voila! Your pizza bites are ready to be devoured!
Looking for more ideas of what you can snack on? Head on over to Healthy Snacks from Nuts.com to find all kinds of ideas to keep you on track! Wondering about some other food hacks that can satisfy those cravings?! Check out the chart below!
What are YOUR go to snacks to keep you and your family healthy? I would love to hear what your favorites are! Xoxo, Brooke