plant based

Cauliflower Pizza!!!!!! Gluten Free Pizza!!!! Pizza that will blow your mind!

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The Coveted Cauliflower Pizza     

                     Recipe

I am big believer in the 80/20 rule. This means 80% of the time you are eating well and infusing health into all areas: internal monologue, fitness, creativity, relationships, finances, career, food etc. But 20% of the time you might want to get a lil rock n roll. I call it a treat, some call it a cheat.
I like to make the healthiest choice in any given circumstance. Soooo, if I am craving pizza like a mofo; I make the healthier version: cauliflower pizza! Cauliflower pizza,  since it's not made from flour will have no effect on your blood sugar or insulin. As I teach all my clients: every time you eat sugar or anything made from flour your blood sugar and insulin skyrockets. The more insulin you make, the more fat you store. So you can see why cauliflower pizza is a "better than" choice cuz its "better than" eating a flour crust. Instead you are eating a pizza made largely from a plant!
Usually I post easy, healthy recipes for busy peeps. This one is a tad more labor intensive but worth every mind blowing bite. Make it for someone whom you hope will fall more in love with you. It works every time.  xxx-ooo Galadriel
 

INGREDIENTS

For Crust:
• 1 head of cauliflower roughly chopped and "riced" OR 2 bags of organic, frozen riced cauliflower by the Whole Foods in store brand.
• 1 egg
• 1/4 cup organic Mozzarella
• Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Basil, Oregano.

For Toppings:
• Tomato Sauce
(make sure there is no added sugar or any oil other than olive)
• Organic grated cheese
• Fresh basil, jalapenos, black olives etc. Get creative!


PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

Roughly chop the cauliflower then toss small batches into a food processor/vitamix/blender to "rice" the cauliflower. A food processor works best. Your cauliflower will literally take on the shape of rice. Don't over process or you will end up with cauliflower that looks like mashed potato...which is another delish recipe you can find here on my website!

Just barely cover your riced cauliflower with water in saucepan and bring to a boil for about 7 minutes or you can steam it.
Drain well and let it cool to room temp.

If you are using the frozen riced cauliflower dump two bags into a non stick skillet and sautee until small portions have turned golden.

Once cool, toss the cauliflower in small amounts into a nut milk bag or cheese cloth to S Q U E E Z E out every bit of moisture from the cauliflower, then set aside in a bowl. This is quite literally the most important step in the recipe and the far most laborious. If you do not get out every bit of moisture you will end up with pizza casserole not pizza crust.

*helpful hint...when I make cauliflower pizza crust I cook, drain and squeeze the cauliflower early in the morning so it has all day to dry out a bit more.

Add to your now dry cauliflower: one egg, 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella, garlic powder, dried basil and oregano. Mix well. Sometimes I now let these balls of cauliflower pizza dough sit overnight in the fridge and cook them the next day...if time does not allow that's a-ok.

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Pre-heat your oven to 500.
Lay a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Not only does parchment paper help the crust dry out more but it makes cleaning that pan a snap.

Using your hands shape out your crust onto the parchment paper. I like a traditional round pizza.

Bake until your edges become quite golden...I find this takes about 20 ish minutes.

Remove the crust from the oven and it's time to dress your pizza. Start with your sauce, add your cheese then top with whatever your little heart desires.

Put your pizza back in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes until your cheese is melted.

PS, I always double this recipe and make one pizza per person. One pizza makes 4 small slices.

Enjoy!!!!!!

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Galadriel's Signature Smoothie

I drink this smoothie daily as it gives me major energy. My mouth thinks its a milk shake but my body thinks it's a salad. It fills me up for hours and hours and is a great post work out refuel. My signature smoothie is the perfect combo of protein and good fat. The protein and good fat combo is your best friend because it keeps your blood sugar stable. When your blood sugar is kept stable you don't crash, cravings don't overcome you and you don't gain weight. I love this smoothie so much I even pack a magic bullet blender in my suitcase so I can make it when I travel.

In a vitamix or magic bullet or blender:

serves two

2.5 frozen bananas

3 tablespoons of raw cacao

1 tablespoon of milk thistle powder

1 tablespoon of spirulina or cholrella powder

1-2 tablespoon of nutbutter (almond or sunflower seed is best)

1 huge handful of raw organic spinach

Fill half way to 3/4 full with nut milk or water or what I love is a half nutmilk, half water combo.

 

Bananas are great post work out food cuz they are full of potassium which replenishes your electrolytes...this is also why they are great hangover cure, not that any of you ever consume adult beverages. They are also high in fiber. Make sure they are brown spotted before you peel and freeze in a gallon size zip lock bag.

Raw Cacao powder is chocolate before it got processed and is a major superfood.  It kill your sugar cravings, has more iron than any other plant, more calcium than milk, is an anti depressant and is full of magnesium which will relax overworked muscles and help you poop on the regular. I like the brand Navitas Naturals, I get mine on Amazon.

Milk Thistle Powder helps replenish and rejuvenate your liver. Your liver has to process every toxin in your world from pesticides to medications to the chemicals in your shampoo to your negative emotions and it burns your fat. That liver never gets a break so keeping it uber healthy is to your benefit in the energy, great skin and weight departments. I like the brand StarWest Organics. I get mine on Amazon.

Spirulina or Chlorella Powder are also super foods cuz they contain more protein than steak are full of iron and lots of vitamins and amino acids and are totally detoxifying to your body! Ps the raw cacao and nutbutter will mask the distinctive not so gorgeous flavor of the spriulina or chlorellaI like the brand StarWest Organics, I get mine on Amazon.

NutButter. When you buy nutbutter be sure to read the ingredients and make sure that whore sugar isn't in there and that they didn't add some weird oil. I love an almond butter or sunflower seed butter. I don't advocate for peanut butter as it naturally contains a toxin called aflatoxin that is uber hard on your liver and is cancer causing. I myself only eat it a few times a year. Nutbutter is both protein and good fat! Trader Joes always has a reasonable priced raw almond butter!

Spinach and all green leafy veggies are like money in a high interest savings account. You really cannot do anything better for your health other than loading up every meal with green leafy veggies. Spinach is nutrient dense, fights cancer and is detoxifying to your body...no fat, no cholesterol just vitamins. Use organic cuz your body can't deal with pesticides!

Nut Milk is yet another awesome source of protein and good fat. I like to make my own cuz the boxed ones contain all kinds of hydrogenated oils and carrageenan which can be hell on your stomach. I use the boxed once in a blue but not on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

zoodles with tomato sauce (dinner ready in 15 minutes)

When my clients break up with sugar and flour they ask me mournfully, what about pasta? Sure, gluten free pasta a few times a year is a nice treat. However, this plant based, whole food staple is something you can make once a week. I serve it at most of my dinner parties. The more you crowd out processed food with veggies, the healthier you will be...the happier your waist line will be, your skin will have fewer zits and less wrinkles, your joint issues will reduce and your energy and mood will improve. My credo is: every meal, every day is at least 80% plants. This dish of zoodles and tomato sauce with ground turkey is a great example of that. The meat isn't the star, the veggies are.

Zoodles

First spiralize your organic zucchini to create your raw zoodles. I suggest one zucchini per person. You can find a sprializer for under $40 on Amazon or your local kitchen store.

Sauce

Now prepare your sauce. If you wanna do homemade I will worship you but if you are a busy person like me, an organic jar one will do. I personally like the Whole Foods brand because it has NO SUGAR added, contains no hydrogenated weird oils and hello it's only 2.99.

 Saute onion, garlic, carrots (optional) in olive oil until the onions are translescent. If you want to add a lean protein like organic ground turkey this would be the time. Now add your sauce and dried or fresh oregano and basil as well as salt. You could even add a splash of red wine if you want.

Serve

Place a large handful or two of spiralized zoodles into individual serving bowls. (side note I usually cut them a bit as some zoodles can be up to 9 inches long)

Pour the hot tomato sauce over the raw, vegan, gluten free zoodles. Top with fresh basil. I also top mine with nutritional yeast which contains all the B vitamins and gives it a cheezy flavor. B vitamins fight depression and give you energy. Many of my dinner guests like to top theirs with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

As you know I love fast healthy meals and I love an easy swap, such as swapping pasta for zoodles. This meal is so hearty and filling you will feel so inredibly satisfied without feeling overstuffed.

side note: I hope you have leftovers cuz you will probs crave this the second nite too. In which case, store the sauce and zoodles seperatly. If you store them together they turn to slop.

Enjoy!