Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Love for Sneaky Ingredients

Pin It Soooo by now you've probably figured out that I love using sneaky ingredients in my recipes.  There's nothing like a surprised face on one of my taste testers saying, "You put WHAT in this?!?!"  That to me translates to SUCCESS.  I don't know why it gets me so excited, but I just love sneaking healthy ingredients into ordinary recipes. 

Here's a few of my past sneaky recipes:
Rhubarb Bars (Sesame Seeds)
Sheppard's Pie (Cauliflower #1)
Fettuccine Alfredo (Cauliflower #2)
Chocolate Cake (Pumpkin)
Veggie Pizza (Cauliflower #3...I sure do love cauliflower! Haha)
Sweet Potato Pie (Sweet Potato)
Southwestern Pasta (Spaghetti Squash)
Zucchini Crisp (Zucchini)
PP&J Bars (Garbanzo Beans #1)
Strawberry Cheesecake (Cottage Cheese)
Brownies (Black Beans)

Notice some of the ingredients don't seem too sneaky be as they are listed in the recipe's title...but I assure you if you don't tell your taste testers they'll never know!

Today's recipe is super versatile and can be used in several ways.  The "Pizza" crust can be used as a wrap too.  Plus the spices and herbs in the crust/wrap can be easily adapted to fit any of your favorite pizza toppings or wrap fillings.  I have to admit the crust recipe is not entirely my own, but I've designed several various pizza recipes to make up for it.  I've also added a new section to my posts called "Question of the Day."  So don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom and leave your comment! 

Crust/Wrap is slightly adapted from Fast Paleo
This is my version of the Mexican Taco Pizza, but if this doesn't sound good to you try another flavor! You can even make wraps instead of pizza with this crust because it's super light and versatile. 
Cauliflower Crust/Wrap                                            Classic Cheese Pizza      
1 cup Cauliflower, cut up into chunks                       1/2 tsp Oregano*  
1 large Egg                                                                 1/2 tsp Basil*    
1 tsp Chia seeds (optional)                                        1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese  
                                                                                   1/4 cup Pizza sauce
Mediterranean Pizza                                                  Mexican Taco Pizza
1/2-1 tsp Basil*                                                          1/2 tsp Taco seasoning*
1/2 cup Spinach, raw (or 1/4 cup frozen)                   4 oz. Chicken breast, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup Cherry tomatoes, cut in half                          1/4 cup Black beans, reduced salt
4 oz. Chicken breast, cut into small pieces                1/4 cup Salsa
2 tbsp Reduced fat feta cheese                                   2 tbsp. Lowfat cottage cheese or mozzarella
                                                                                    Jalapenos (optional)

Pesto Pizza
1/2 tsp Basil*
1/2 tsp Garlic powder*
1 1/2 tbsp Pesto
2 oz. Chicken breast, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup Mushrooms
2 Artichoke hearts, sliced
2 tbsp Freshly grated aged parmesan cheese

 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Finely grate or place cauliflower into a food processor (blender might work, but once again I have not tried it).
3. Add egg, chia seeds, and seasonings and blend until very well combined (seasonings for desired pizza flavor are noted by a * but feel free to design your own flavor).
4. Pour batter onto a greased sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil on a cookie sheet.
5. Spread batter out into a circle to desired thickness.  Mine turned out to be about a 9 inch pizza size, but you could also make a few small pizzas which might be easier to flip.
6. Bake pizza crust for 10-15 minutes and flip.  A tip on flipping is to take another piece of parchment or aluminum foil and place it on top and then using a spatula to help you quickly flip the entire crust over.
7.  The bottom side should be slightly golden.  Bake for about 5 more minutes.
8. Remove from oven and turn heat down to about 350 degrees F.
9.  Top pizza with desired toppings and place back into the oven until toppings are warm and cheese is melted.
10. Enjoy!
Makes 1 personal size pizza.

Nutrition Facts:
Cauliflower Crust/Wrap                      Mexican Taco Pizza
Calories: 115                                        Calories: 320
Total Fat: 6.1 g                                     Total Fat: 9.5 g
     Sat. Fat: 1.5 g                                       Sat. Fat: 2.3 g
     Poly. Fat: 0.9 g                                     Poly. Fat: 0.9 g
Cholesterol: 185 mg                             Cholesterol: 252.5 mg
Sodium: 100 mg                                   Sodium: 937.5 mg (Kind of high due to the salsa...)
Potassium: 393 mg                               Potassium: 676.7 mg
Total Carbs: 7.3 g                                 Total Carbs: 22.1 g
     Dietary Fiber: 4.2 g                              Dietary Fiber: 9.7 g
     Sugars: 2.4 g                                        Sugars: 7.9 g
Protein: 9 g                                           Protein: 38.5 g
Vitamin A: 6.3 %                                 Vitamin A: 23.3 %
Vitamin C: 77.3 %                               Vitamin C: 97.3 %
Calcium: 6.9 %                                    Calcium: 11.9 %
Iron: 8.4 %                                           Iron: 17.4 %

Mediterranean Pizza                             Classic Pizza
Calories: 275                                       Calories: 225
Total Fat: 10.7 g                                  Total Fat: 11.1 g
Sat. Fat: 3.3 g                                           Sat. Fat: 4.5 g
Poly. Fat: 1 g                                            Poly. Fat: 0.9 g
Cholesterol: 252.5 mg                         Cholesterol: 200 mg
Sodium: 581.9 mg                               Sodium: 610 mg
Potassium: 565 mg                              Potassium: 393 mg
Total Carbs: 9.8 g                                Total Carbs: 14.3 g
      Dietary Fiber: 4.9 g                             Dietary Fiber: 5.2 g
      Sugars: 3.4 g                                       Sugars: 5.4 g
Protein: 34.2 g                                     Protein: 18 g
Vitamin A: 39.4 %                              Vitamin A: 16.3 %
Vitamin C: 84.4 %                              Vitamin C: 83.3 %
Calcium: 12.4 %                                  Calcium: 28.9 %
Iron: 14.7 %                                         Iron: 10.4 %

Pesto Pizza                                       
Calories: 324                              
Total Fat: 18 g                                    
     Sat. Fat: 5.3 g                                     
     Poly. Fat: 1 g                                      
Cholesterol: 224.9 mg                        
Sodium: 897.4 mg                              
Potassium: 447.9 mg                       
Total Carbs: 13.1 g                        
     Dietary Fiber: 6.1 g                            
     Sugars: 4.1 g                                      
Protein: 25.8 g                                     
Vitamin A: 15.6 %                           
Vitamin C: 80.7 %                           
Calcium: 22.7 %                           
Iron: 11.7 %                                  

NEW: Question of the Day
I'm adding a new section to my posts to get more feedback from my viewers.  Comments are greatly appreciated! :)
What is your dream pizza? 


  1. I like my pizza with a lot of mushrooms, black olives and garlic!

    1. Ooo yum! I almost forgot about black olives. :)


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