Vegetarian Cauliflower Pizza

CARB-FREE ECSTASY — Smash it, mash it, slice it, dice it, pound it, round it. The food industry has discovered Cauliflower Power. Pictured is a cauliflower crust pizza — really.

I’ve never been a big fan of cauliflower, until a bunch of cauliflower florets were included in my order from Home Chef. The recipe called for oven-roasting them with another vegetable and (to my surprise) they were delicious.

Fast forward to spring 2019, when I stepped on the scale and practically fainted.

The winter effect of house lounging, too many celebratory dinners and a binge-eating week in Florida had taken their toll.

It seems that I have been taking my, “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” mantra a bit too seriously, and now most of my pants are presenting “Waist-not, Fit-not.”

Lucky for me, the internet is swirling with advertising posts about Carb-free, KETO, PALEO and OREO (Oops!) diets.

Cutting back on carbohydrates seems to be a common thread in all of these diets, so here I am avoiding them at all cost, and giving up some of my favorite things — including bread, pasta, potatoes and rice.

And full disclosure — I’m not giving up beer.

Fortunately, my new-found-friend in the vegetable category has risen to the occasion. Yes, cauliflower, is now a very acceptable substitute for many of my favorite carb-loaded foods.

So far, I’ve discovered cauliflower fried rice, cauliflower pasta, cauliflower crackers, cauliflower chips, cauliflower flatbreads, cauliflower pretzels, cauliflower puffs and cauliflower pizza crusts.

There is even a Cauli-Power (cauliflower-based) baking mix that claims to “replace flour in any recipe cup-for-cup. Somehow, I don’t see Waffle House or The Biscuit Head going all-in on this veggie trend.

By the way, other cruciform vegetables are also weighing in on the weight loss trend. The broccoli producers, for example, are now rolling-out (literally) broccoli crackers, broccoli flatbreads and broccoli pasta — and they’re seeing green.

Cauliflower — with its easily masked taste profile — still has a powerful advantage.

BTW, on Amazon.com, I found an interesting cookbook, titled Cauli-Flower Power. It contains a variety of vegetarian and vegan cauliflower recipes, including: Greek Island Cauliflower and Tomato Fritters, Scorched Cauliflower Baba Ganoush, Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Curry, Turmeric Cauli Fritters and Cauliflower Risotto.

Get creative with your low-carb dieting and discover Cauliflower Power. It’s my hope that cauliflower makes it possible for y’all to see less of me. Just sayin.’

Paul Viau is an award-winning creative director, with a 30-year career in advertising and marketing. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he met his wife, Carol, when they worked for rival advertising agencies in Miami, Florida. They became permanent residents of Haywood County in 2008 and reside in Waynesville. 

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