As a normal human being, I LOVE PIZZA. I would eat pizza every. single. day. if I knew it wouldn’t land me a spot on The Biggest Loser. I make tortilla pizzas at least once a week helping to curb my pizza craving, which usually works. I tried to add veggies to my pizzas but often just resort to a handful of spinach.
When I saw these cauliflower pizza bites my search was over. The majority of the “bite” is cauliflower that is flavored with pizza-like herbs and spices AND I get to eat pepperonis?!? I bow down to thee.
Cauliflower Pizza Bites
Revised from Dashing Dish
Makes 14-16 bites
- 2 cups cauliflower (about 1/2 head)
- 1 large egg white, lightly beat
- 2 tablespoons low-fat Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon pizza/Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup mini turkey pepperonis, chopped
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce for dipping
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray your mini muffin pan liberally with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Wash cauliflower, and cut in half. Break cauliflower into segments, and place in food processor. Pulse until it reaches a rice-like texture. You could also use a cheese grater.
Place cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes, uncovered with no water.
Remove cauliflower from microwave and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine. Place back in the microwave for 2 minutes and mix again.
Use a heaping tablespoon to scoop cauliflower mixture into muffin tins. Fill to the top and press down to compact the cup. I added a single mini pepperoni on the top of each.
Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the tops become golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool completely. Serve with warm pizza sauce.
I was wary that these would taste too vegetable-y. Nope. The garlic, pizza seasoning and red pepper flakes really transform (mask) the cauliflower, and of course the pepperonis make me think I am eating a real pizza. The edges are crunchy just like the crust. They are like pizza bagel bites without the guilt! If I would have only known about this in high school. These would be fun to bring to a party or for a kid’s snack after school.
And as if I didn’t love these ANY MORE… this entire recipe, all 14-16 bites with the pizza sauce is LESS THAN 350 CALORIES (13g fat, 36g protein, 7g fiber). As if it was even a question. YES. I ate all 15 of them. I suppose you could share if your roommate or hubby was home, but then I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe.