Cauliflower Pizza

Yep, I went there.  I’ve made cauliflower mash and cauliflower rice, and now I jumped on the bandwagon and made cauliflower pizza.  Guilty as charged.

cauliflower pizza wine

Truth is, I’ve been wanting to make cauliflower pizza since I saw it on Karla from Foodologie’s blog back in January.  But I was just lazy and never made it.  I don’t know why, since the recipe isn’t any more complicated than making cauliflower rice, but I just didn’t do it.

So here I am seven months later posting about cauliflower pizza.  And I am here to tell you that while cauliflower pizza is quite delicious, it’s not pizza (which you probably already figured).

Cauliflower PizzaIf you don’t like the taste of cauliflower, then I don’t recommend making this pizza.  The cheese and the tomato sauce and all the toppings make for a lovely dish, but you also have to at least somewhat like cauliflower.  Just putting it out there.

The cauliflower pizza also doesn’t crisp up quite like a regular pizza, so I recommend eating with a knife and fork.  I also used fresh herbs in my “dough” but I think dried herbs would work just fine.

Cauliflower Pizza (inspired from Foodologie)

Ingredients:

1 medium head of cauliflower, grated

1/2 cup grated cheese of your choice (I used Trader Joe’s quattro formaggio blend)

1 egg

Fresh Herbs: I used rosemary, sage and thyme.  About 2 tbsp of each.

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425F

Using a box grater or a food processor, grate your cauliflower until it is in small fine pieces.

Dump your cauliflower onto a cheese cloth or dishtowel and squeeze all the water out.  Some methods recommend microwaving the cauliflower for a couple of minutes beforehand, but I just placed all my cauliflower in a towel, wrapped it up, and squeezed all the excess water out.

Once your cauliflower is dry, place in a bowl with your cheese, herbs, egg and salt and pepper.  Mix until well blended.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and firmly press your cauliflower onto the sheet.  Make the cauliflower pizza as thin as possible.

Cauliflower Pizza DoughPlace in the oven for 15-20 minutes to let the crust firm up a bit.

Remove the crust from the oven and add your toppings of choice.  For my pizza I did tomato sauce, additional cheese, ground turkey, mushrooms and caramelized onion.

Cauliflower PizzaIf you are looking for a grain-free, low-carb pizza option then this will definitely fit the bill.  It’s tasty and a nice healthy alternative.

BUT if you are looking for a real legit pizza, then I suggest you make one using this recipe for the dough.

Favorite pizza topping? And go!

Grilled Pineapple Dessert

On the 4th of July, the Englishman and I were doing some shopping at Sprouts when we spotted a sign that said Maui Gold pineapples 2 for $5.  If you recall from my Maui pineapple post, Maui Golds are a rare commodity on the mainland and when you find them, you buy them.  We practically trampled over some of our fellow shoppers to get our hands on the delicious fruit, and immediately decided to make a grilled pineapple dessert to go with our 4th of July feast.

I’ve been meaning to grill pineapple for a while now, so it was definitely fate that these wonderful Maui Golds fell into our hands.  While most grilled pineapple dessert recipes recommend you soak your pineapple in rum before grilling, I decided to try something different and used some of Veev’s new Coconut Colada instead.

Grilled Pineapple Dessert Veev Coconut CooladaRemember Veev?  I partnered with them last fall when I created a flourless chocolate cake to pair with their PEARsecco, and the team was kind enough to send me a bottle of their Coconut Colada to try, which has the lovely flavors of a pina colada without the extra sugar and calories (each serving is 125 calories and sweetened with agave nectar).

While it is perfectly acceptable to drink Veev on its own over ice, I decided to use is as a base for my grilled pineapple dessert and it was delicious.  I just added some cinnamon, vanilla and a pinch of sugar to the Veev Coconut Colada mixture and then covered some pineapple slices in it.

grilled pineapple dessert veev shotIf you have never grilled pineapple before, you are missing out!  The grill really brings out the sweetness in the pineapple and it is the perfect dessert to serve over some ice cream.  Of course it is preferred if you use Maui Gold pineapples, but I won’t hold that against you if you don’t use them.

Grilled Pineapple Dessert pinGrilled Pineapple Dessert

Ingredients:

1/2 pineapple, cored and sliced into spears or rings

1 oz Veev Coconut Colada

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

Pinch of sugar

Directions:

In a small bowl mix your Veev, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar.  Gently place each pineapple spear or ring in the bowl and cover with the mixture.

grilled pineapple dessert bowlPlace your pineapple spears on a grill and let them cook.  You will want to monitor the pineapple and flip as needed so the pineapple does not burn.

grilled pineapple dessert grillOnce your pineapple is warm and begins to get dark grill marks, remove from the grill and set aside.

grilled pineapple dessert spearsYour pineapple will be perfect as is to enjoy as a dessert, but if you want to take it to the next level, spoon some ice cream of your choice into bowls (I used vanilla coconut milk ice cream) and cut your pineapple into small pieces and place on top of the ice cream.  I also had some of Larabar’s renola that I used for a grain-free nutty topping.

grilled pineapple dessert bowlServe and enjoy!  The Veev adds a wonderful flavor to the pineapple but this recipe can be made with rum, or without any alcohol.  The grilled pineapple is where it’s at.

What’s the next fruit I should grill next?  I really want to try grilled peaches.

Sunstone Winery Wedding: The Food

When I started planning my wedding last year, one of my biggest priorities was to have delicious food.  I wanted a meal that would be memorable and one that our guests would remember.  Thanks to my amazing wedding planner and the culinary talents of Trattoria Grappolo, Sunstone Winery and Solvang Bakery, we got that meal and then some.

All of these pictures in this post are from my amazingly talented wedding photographer Dana Grant, and pretty much make me hungry every time I look at them.  The Englishman and I tasted everything that was served before our big day, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.

For our cocktail hour, we had three different Sunstone Wines: Rose, Grenache Blanc and Merlot along with an assortment of beers for guests to sip while they enjoyed some passed appetizers.

Sunstone Winery Wedding WinesFor our passed appetizers, we decided on some bacon wrapped shrimp, bruschetta toasts, melon wrapped in prosciutto and house made potato chips with burrata and guava.

Sunstone Winery Wedding AppetizersIn short, it was AMAZING.  All of it.

Sunstone Winery BruschettaI couldn’t get enough of the house made potato chips either as evidenced when the Englishman and I paid a visit to chef Leonardo for a snack.

Sunstone Winery Food WeddingPretty soon it was time for the champagne toasts and to dig into dinner.

Sunstone Winery ChampagneFor dinner, we started our meal with freshly baked bread and olive oil (one of the best combos ever in my opinion).

Sunstone Winery Wedding BreadThe salad course included a classic Caprese and a Caesar salad.

Sunstone Winery Caprese SaladFor our entrée, we decided on a rustic roast chicken with vegetables and a penne amatriciana.

Sunstone Winery PenneEverything was served family style so guests could enjoy as much as they wanted (I loved having dinner this way!)

Roast ChickenThen it was time for our delicious cake!  If you read my post on Solvang Bakery, then you’ll know that they made sure the cake was free of any allergens and made from scratch.

Solvang Bakery Wedding CakeNot only was our cake gorgeous, but it was GOOD.  Best cake I’ve ever had hands down.

Wedding Cake EatingWe ended up going with two different flavors – chocolate with lemon buttercream and carrot with lemon buttercream.  We have the top tier in our freezer but somehow I don’t think it will last until next year.

Sunstone Winery GelatoIn addition to cake there was gelato, which I never got to try (still broken up about it), but it was a big hit among our guests, especially since it came with little sugar cones.

Wedding Sunstone GelatoAnd that was our wedding food.  Huge thanks again to Dana Grant Photography and her amazing pictures!  If you are ever in the Santa Ynez area be sure to pop into Sunstone Winery for a glass of rose, Solvang Bakery for some baked goodies, and Trattoria Grappolo for an amazing meal.  I’m already planning my return trip up there to eat all of it again.

Gluten-Free Product Reviews

Every so often I am approached by various companies who offer me different food products to review on the blog.  I’m pretty picky about the products I review – if it doesn’t sound good to me or isn’t allergy-friendly I won’t review it.  Recently, Zen Monkey and Larabar sent me some new gluten-free items to try, so here are my latest gluten-free product reviews.

gluten free product reviews granola yogurtFirst up, Zen Monkey.   Zen Monkey has a line of breakfast products that combine yogurt, oats, and fruit.  The texture can be a little off-putting at first, but if you have ever had overnight oats or even muesli, it’s very similar to that.

The current Zen Monkey product line comes in three flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, and Strawberry.  Each container is two servings (140 calories per serving) and comes in a reusable Tupperware container which is perfect for a breakfast on the go.

gluten free product reviews zen monkeyOut of all the flavors I tried, I liked the Apple Cinnamon the best.  The strawberry and blueberry flavors were a bit on the sweet side for me, but if you like a strong berry flavor, then I’d definitely give them a shot.  I also felt that half a container wasn’t enough for a full serving.  If I was having breakfast on the go, I’d probably eat the whole container for a more complete breakfast.

gluten free product reviews zen monkey oatsSo would I get the Zen Monkey products again?  I really like the concept and love how convenient the packaging is, but honestly I don’t know if I would get them again.  It’s pretty easy to make overnight oats at home, and I usually have enough time most mornings to eat breakfast at home before I have to rush out the door for work.  But if you are looking for a quick and easy breakfast option (and like yogurt) then Zen Monkey might work for you.  They do have a pineapple flavor coming out soon which I would be interested in trying.

The second of my gluten-free product reviews is Larabar’s new vegan “Renola.”

gluten free product reviews renolaLarabar recently released a new line of grain-free granola that is made with GMO-free fruits, nuts and seeds.  The renola comes in individual packets, so it’s perfect to take around for a snack on the go.

gluten free product reviews renola bowlI had the berry flavor with some almond milk one afternoon as a snack and it was delicious!  It doesn’t have the same cluster factor as traditional granola, but the flavor is spot on and each pouch clocks in at 200 calories and less than 10g sugar.  If you have a hard time with portion control when it comes to granola (which I do), then the renola is perfect for you.

And I just so happen to think that the renola makes a fabulous crumble topping over some grilled pineapple and ice cream.

Gluten Free Product Reviews RenolaI can definitely see myself buying more of Larabar’s renola in the future – it’s perfect for travel and a great way to sneak in a quick breakfast or snack without too much fun.  Plus, I love that it is gluten-free and paleo-friendly – both bonuses in my book.

Any gluten-free products you are loving out there?  What else should I try?