Cauliflower Crust has certainly taken the world by storm. It's a great lower-carb and gluten-free alternative to wheat, but if I'm honest, I don't totally love it. To make my own, I'm spending way too much time in the kitchen and I haven't perfected the art of keeping it crispy enough so it doesn't require a spoon to scoop it up. The store-bought brands end up tasting like cardboard, or have so much cheese, garlic, and salt added to disguise the cauliflower taste that I'm retaining water for a week.
So, I'm ALWAYS searching for new ways to play with pizza. Not that regular pizza is bad! TOO MUCH regular pizza is bad.
When it comes to recipes, I have a few rules:
1. I don't really like recipes, so it has to be good if I don't measure everything exactly.
2. It has to be easy, or so amazing it's worth the energy to make it. (Sorry - I'm busy and my time is valuable!)
Note - one of my rules is not that it has to be healthy! I am a firm believer in balance, and sometimes that means the meals I make are not the picture of healthy. But for the sake of this blog, and because I am a health coach and weight management specialist after all, most of what I will share IS healthy, or has a healthy spin on it, so that you can see that eating healthy is a) not hard and b) not boring.
OK now let's talk pizza!
Hack #1: Jarred spaghetti or pizza sauce (search for lower sugar options if possible!) My favorite is Newman's Own Sockarooni - it's heaven y'all!
Hack #2: Pre-cut veggies. I can't recommend this hack enough - save yourself the time and spend that extra $1 to have someone else spiralize, chop, dice, or shred your veggies before they got packaged!
What you'll need:
2 chicken breasts, pounded to 1/8-1/4 inch thick (can also buy thinly sliced chicken breasts to save time!)
1 jar spaghetti sauce (around 20-24 ounces)
Italian turkey sausage (1 pound)
Pre-sliced mushrooms (8-10 ounce package)
Pre-sliced peppers (about 1 cup)
Olive oil (to coat pan)
4 slices fresh mozzarella
Pre-heat two skillets on the stove over medium heat with enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. In one pan, start to brown the turkey sausage. While the sausage is browning, pound out the chicken.
To pound out the chicken, grab a cutting board and put down one chicken breast. To make this step easier, you can put wax paper over the chicken breast. Using a meat mallet, pound the chicken to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick (you can also use a frying pan, rolling pin, or other heavy object!)
After the sausage has browned, drain out any fat that has rendered by pouring the sausage in a colander that is resting over a bowl. Add the mushrooms and peppers to the pan. You can also add other vegetables like onions or olives - whatever you enjoy on pizza! Cook until soft, then add the sausage back to the pan. Add the jar of spaghetti sauce and bring to a low simmer.
While the sauce is cooking, cook the chicken:
Sprinkle each piece of chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Put one piece of chicken in the pan and cook until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes. Flip, and cook through, usually another 5-6 minutes. When the chicken is finished cooking, put it on a baking pan lined with foil.
Top each piece of chicken (which should resemble a pizza crust) with sauce. Top with fresh sliced mozzarella, and broil in the oven until cheese bubbles. Top with fresh basil if desired, and serve with a light salad of fresh greens drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
This "pizza" may require a fork/knife, but it is super satisfying and reminiscent of pizza with the flavors. Feel free to play with the toppings and do whatever you like on your pizza!
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