Friday, April 26, 2013

Spinach Tomato Pesto Pizza

I have had this recipe for quite some time and I think tonight I finally followed it and guess what it turned out AWESOME!! See I am a pizza lover and I always have been. A problem I normally have with eating pizza is I can never stop. Regular pizza you then end up feeling all bloated and disgusting and that feeling I prefer not to have anymore.  Tonight I felt something different after I overindulged (working on the overindulging part) - normal!! This pizza was so light, tasty, and oh so good!!  I highly recommend it.

Spinach Tomato Pesto Pizza
minus the mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, forgot to take a picture once added


Ingredients...
1 garlic clove, peeled
3 cups spinach leaves, chopped
2 cups fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts or pine nuts
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 (16 oz) package fresh whole wheat pizza dough - note: I did not use this I made my own Cauliflower Pizza Crust
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1-2 medium tomatoes, diced or sliced

Directions...
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Put Garlic in food processor and mince.
3. Add spinach, basil, nuts, and parmesan. Puree.  Slowly add olive oil and scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Add Salt to taste.


4. If using whole wheat pizza dough - on  a floured surface, roll out pizza dough into one large pizza or cut off a few pieces and roll out small individual pizzas.  Spread with about three fourths of the spinach basil pesto and top with mozzarella and tomato.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese has melted and crust is browned.

   If using Cauliflower pizza crust recipe - make crust first and bake. After taking out of oven spread with about three fourths of the spinach basil pesto and top with mozzarella and tomato.
5. Bake for 5 minutes until cheese has melted and crust is browned.



Makes 6 servings



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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Many times I have seen this recipe and I always thought there is no way my family will eat this - they want the real thing - the real pizza with the bread crust.  Well let me tell you, pizza tastes so much better with this type of crust, it has a big YUM attached to it!!


Cauliflower Pizza Crust
here crust has a Spinach Basil Pesto sauce on it


Ingredients...
2 cups cooked, cauliflower
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (fresh is best)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
olive oil (optional)
Pizza Sauce, shredded cheese and choice of your toppings

Instructions...
1. Take the cooked cauliflower and add to food processor.  Pulse until it looks like a grain. Do not over pulse or you will puree the cauliflower.  
2.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray pizza tray with non-stick cooking spray or use a pizza stone and then no spray is needed.
3. In a medium bowl combine egg and mozzarella, mix.  Add oregano, crushed garlic, and garlic salt. Mix.  Add in cauliflower. Mix


what mixture looked like when I added cauliflower before final mixing

4. Transfer mixture to pizza tray or pizza stone.  using your hands, pat out cauliflower dough to fit our tray/stone.  
Optional: brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning
5. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes
6. Remove from oven
7. To the crust add sauce, toppings, and cheese. Place under broiler at high heat until the cheese melts (~ 3-4 minutes)
Note: Toppings need to be precooked since you are broiling only for a few minutes.  

I have to be honest, this turned out far better than I expected!! I do believe next time I need to cook the crust for bit longer to see if I can get it more firm.  The edges were great but the middle was a bit mushy.  Trust me, it was still delicious, not complaining at all.  I had to use a fork and knife and my kids don't like to do that when it comes to pizza.  hello you try explaining crust to a 4 and a 2 year old : )  

If you try this recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  

Here's to healthy eating!!





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