Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “World Food Cafe: Vegetarian Bible.” The winner is Tom Smith. I’ll pop it in the mail.
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I’m surrounded by vegetarians, and they’re closing in.
A close coworker avoids red meat. Both of my folks have suddenly gone vegetarian, and I get vegan or vegetarian cookbook in the mail at least once a week.
To top it off, some lady wrote to my boss about a recent print column. She was complaining about the photo, which contained medium-rare steak. She said it looked like whoever wrote about it was a “300-pound carnivore,” and she said it like that’s a bad thing.
I do have to admit, I’m paying attention. My folks’ cholesterol counts are way down, and I can always find at least one great-looking recipe to keep in my want-to-make file.
Stuff like this one for Cauliflower Crusted Mozzarella Pizza.
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CAULIFLOWER CRUSTED MOZZARELLA PIZZA
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1 1/4 cup riced cauliflower (see note)
- 1/2 cup skim mozzarella (shredded)
- 1/2 cup no-salt-added 1 percent cottage cheese
- 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
- 1 large egg white (lightly beaten)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or Italian seasoning or basil)
- 2 tablespoons pizza sauce
- Toppingsof choice (such as mushrooms, peppers, squash, eggplant)
- 3 tablespoons shredded mozzarella (for topping)
To rice cauliflower: Chop a half head of cauliflower into small pieces and microwave for 6 minutes. Let the cauliflower cool 5 minutes or run it under cold water in a strainer. Rice it either by using a cheese grater or lightly blending in a food processor, keeping its texture coarse.
|Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil.|
|Crush garlic and allow it to sit 5 minutes to promote its health-boosting benefits.|
|Place riced cauliflower in a medium bowl. Add cheeses, eggs, garlic and seasoning and mix with a spatula into a coarse pizza dough. Place on the greased baking sheet. Using your hands, form a pie by pressing down until it's uniformly about 1 inch thick.|
|Bake crust in oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. After you take it out, top with pizza sauce and toppings of your choice like mushrooms, green pepper, or yellow squash. Sprinkle with the additional 3 tablespoons of mozzarella and bake for another 7 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.|