Pizza Cakes!

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I hope everyone is well rested from your three-day weekend, well, I should say I hope you were able to get a three-day weekend.  I remember always having to work and wondering why are all these people in the store, oh yeah, some people get the day off, huh?  So at the Mitchell house, my two youngest kids are recovering from a cold.  My son, Cooper, does not like taking his vitamin D chewies whereas my oldest daughter, Reese, loves them and has not had a cold in a couple of months!  So Mr. Cooper likes to drink from baby Lucy’s sippy cup and now poor little Lucy has a cold.  I really think getting an adequate amount of vitamin D helps, especially since we are deficient in the Midwest.  Anywho, speaking of vitamins, here is a antioxidant-loaded, nutrition powerhouse pizza cake . . . does that make sense?

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The crust contains cauliflower, cornmeal, parmesan cheese, seasoning and chia flour! Oh, and an egg to keep it together.

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I started off by steaming a pound of frozen cauliflower.

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Here is my steamer!  I love it but I need to use it more!  Steaming keeps those vital nutrients in the plant instead of escaping off in water, if you boil them.

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I steamed them for about 12 minutes and then put them in the food processor and pulsed them until they became super fine.  The only downside to this method are the dishes!  I was trying to find a steamable bag of cauliflower at the store but wasn’t able to find it, not a big deal though.

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The cauliflower is so fine that it looks like mashed potatoes!  You can also make a “fake-out” mashed potatoes this way with cauliflower too.

Just one serving of cauliflower (1/6 medium head) contains only 25 calories!  Plus it is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and vitamin B6.  Cauliflower has been shown to help suppressed cancer cell growth and may even promote cancer cell death, especially in breast and prostate cancers! Bring on the cauliflower!

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In a separate bowl, combine the seasonings and fillings.  I started off with one tablespoon of Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning.  I always have Mrs. Dash seasonings on hand because they are super simple to use and can be added to almost anything.  I am not a chef so I am clueless at  mastering seasonings.

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Add a half-cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

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Next I added some corn meal to the mix.

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And now comes the chia flour, loaded in fiber and a ton of other nutrients such as omega-3’s!

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Seasoning, cornmeal, cheese and chia!

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Now add mashed cauliflower and one egg. Mix together well and place in a greased cup cake pan.

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Mold them into the cupcake pan and bake at 350 for 12 minutes.  Next add sauce and cheese (you can add any meats too) and bake for an additional 10 to 12 minutes. 

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Yum!  I thought it was a great way to eat your veggies in disguise and don’t forget the pizza sauce is a great source of lycopene, helpful in preventing prostate cancer.

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Pizza Cakes

Ingredients

1 lb cauliflower, cooked/steamed

1/3 cup corn meal

½ cup Parmesan grated cheese

3 tbsp chia flour or ground chia

1 egg

1 tbsp Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning

 

pizza sauce

meat, optional

shredded cheese

Preparations

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place cooked cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. In a bowl, combine cauliflower, cheese, chia flour, egg and seasoning. In a greased pizza pan, spread out mixture evenly and bake for 12 minutes. Add pizza toppings such as sauce, meat and cheese. Place back in the oven and for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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