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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Most Amazing Chicken, Bacon, Artichoke Cauliflower Pizza That You Just Have to Try

Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with B&G Foods.  All opinions and creations are my own and were not influenced. 

In April, I found out that I was going to be able to have the hysterectomy that I had been dreaming about for four years.  One catch, I had to get my A1C under control and to do that, I would need to go back to eating a low carb diet.  For me that would normally mean that I give up all things wonderful and flavorful oh and pizza.  Nope, not this time.  Instead, I created the most amazing low carb, chicken, bacon, artichoke (and ranch) cauliflower pizza that you just have to try. 

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My first attempt at living the low carb lifestyle lasted about 4 months and by the end of month four I was over it.  I was done with bland food, with lunch meats and cheese and veggies all on their own.  I knew that if I was going to get my A1C into the normal range that I had to add more flavor and "regular" foods in.  One thing that our family loves is pizza night.  I couldn't eat regular pizza crust if I planned to lower that A1C, so I had to find an alternative that wasn't a terrible mushy mess pretending to be crust.  So I set off in the kitchen to create a cauliflower pizza crust that would wow my tastebuds and impress my family too!

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The first thing I found out is that ricing your own cauliflower is pretty much an awful experience and very time consuming.  I found Green Giants Riced Veggies in the frozen food section and grabbed those right up and boom, a long time consuming and awful experience avoided and already done for me!  Cauliflower is a great substitution for starchy foods like pasta, breads and potatoes because it contains far fewer carbohydrates per serving. Less carbs, means less sugar, which in turn can lower blood sugar levels and is better for you overall...even if you are not a diabetic.

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I created it and added some pretty awesome toppings as well!  The recipe was so easy to make and although it took just a little more time than average, I am sure that I will be able to speed that process up in the kitchen as I get more comfortable with it. 

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First, you need to steam the riced cauliflower according to the directions on the bag and then while letting them cool, prep the other ingredients for the crust. You will need the riced cauliflower, eggs, oregano, basil, garlic and a mix of mozzarella and parmesan cheese (exact measurements are in the printable recipe below). Once your riced cauliflower is steamed, pour it onto a tea towel, wrap it up and twist it like you are wringing out a wet towel to remove any moisture from cooking.  It doesn't have to be perfectly dry, just get some of the moisture out. Then add the eggs, oregano, basil, garlic and cheese to the cauliflower in a mixing bowl and mix well.

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Once the crust ingredients are mixed well, then pour them out onto parchment paper or a greased baking sheet and pat into your desired pizza shape.  Make sure that the pizza is not too thin, but also not too thick so that you will have a crispy crust but it wont be impossible to remove from the baking sheet.  I found that about 1/4 to 1/8th thickness was a good range for us.  Once shaped, bake on high for 10-12 minutes.

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While the crust is baking, prepare your toppings and have some fun.  I decided to do a ranch sauce with chicken, bacon and artichokes and the results were amazing!

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I layered all the ingredients on my cauliflower pizza crust.  I used pre-shredded and pre-cooked frozen chicken pieces, artichoke hearts and real bacon bits along with a mixture of mozzarella and parmesan cheese for an incredibly flavorful and low carb recipe.  The sauce was just regular ranch dressing that I spread evenly on the crust as well.

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I baked the pizza at 400º for 12 minutes and it was fantastic.  I did learn a little something though.  If you use parchment paper, the cauliflower may get stuck to the paper and you will need to use a butter knife to loosen it.  If you lightly spray the paper with non-stick spray or place the crust directly on a pizza stone this is less likely to happen. You can see exactly how I made the pizza in the video below!



Feel free to print the recipe below and let me know what you think in the comments section!  



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The Most Amazing Chicken, Bacon, Artichoke (and ranch) Cauliflower Pizza
A easy to follow cauliflower pizza crust recipe with fantastic toppings.
Ingredients
  • 12 oz (1 bag of Green Giant riced veggies) Riced Cauliflower
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Basil
  • 1 1/2 cup Mozzarella & Parmesan Mixed Cheese
  • Two Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup Pre-Cooked Shredded Chicken
  • to taste Bacon Pieces
  • 6-8 pieces Artichoke Hearts
  • 1-2 TBS Ranch Dressing
Instructions
1. Using a tea towel, remove the moisture from the cooked cauliflower rice
2. Mix the cauliflower, eggs, garlic, basil, oregano and 1/2 a cup of the cheese together to make the crust.
3. Spread crust mixture onto your baking surface (may need to be lightly greased) and keep the thickness to 1/4-1/8/
4. Bake at 400º for 10-12 minutes
5. Add toppings (Spread our ranch dressing, add bacon, chicken, artichokes and 1 cup of cheese mixture)
6. Bake at 400º for 10-12 minutes
7. Remove, cut into pieces and enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 medium 10 inch pizza

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My husband and mom could not even tell that I used cauliflower as my pizza crust and they ate nearly my entire pizza.  I had to go back to the store for more Green Giant riced cauliflower because I wanted more too! Following this low carb lifestyle does not have to be boring and flavorless, make sure that you try out this recipe and let me know what you think!

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