As ya’ll know by now, I’ve cut out gluten from my diet now for about a year, and I have recently cut out red meat (it seems that I can’t digest it anymore).
I’ve been craving bread and pizza for so long, but I really don’t like the recipes I’ve found for gluten free breads (most require eggs, or nut flours) and I always feel guilty when I do indulge. So I did some research and found the best possible solution! Start drum-roll….
Yes ladies and gents, guilt free, no bloating, goodness! And this can be completely vegan, if that suits your fancy!
For the crust, you will need
- cauliflower (the bigger, the better)
- 10g of cheese (something not to sticky for the crust)
- Chia seed “egg” (1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water)
- Garam masala
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
To start, you will need to rinse your cauliflower and make sure to cut off any moldy bits. There are several ways to do this, some say to steam the cauliflower first then blend it in a food processor to make “rice” with it. Simpler way is to grate the raw cauliflower with a cheese grater to make cauliflower “rice”.
Once the cauliflower is grated, stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes. If you have the time, you can grate it and spread it on a tea towel to absorb the extra water (it takes about 30 minutes).
While the “rice” is in the freezer, prep your veggies and toppings. I topped my pizza with some spicy tofu (season your tofu with Sriracha sauce, garlic/chili/paprika and coriander flakes, and fry it up).
After the 15 minutes are up, sauté your “rice” on medium heat, just to get a bit of the extra moisture out for 5 minutes. After that, mix your spices, cheese, chia egg and cauliflower rice.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet, rub it with a tiny bit of olive oil and sprinkle corn meal on it. Spread the cauliflower mix carefully and pat it down with the back of a spoon.
Pop it in the over at 400 for 20 minutes. Once the 20 minutes is over, pull it out and top it with whatever toppings you choose!
Put the oven to broil and put the pan in for about 5 minutes until the cheese (vegan cheese) bubbles and melts.
Et voilà! Guilt-free pleasure!
Just as a footnote, the crust wont be solid enough to pick it up with your hands, so it will require some utensils!