“Okay, tell me your name and favorite food–go.”
Amidst the rustle of readjusting chairs, side prattle, and tapping on the tables, the students comply. One by one they state their name (or a made up moniker, provoking endless giggles from their peers), and, well, one favorite food:
“My name is Monique and my favorite food is pizza.”
“My name is Juan and my favorite food is pizza.”
“My name is pizza and my favorite food is–”
Alright, alright we get it. Kids love pizza. Identify with it, even. Pizza is the universal food of birthday parties and baseball practice. Pizza is the classic order in or eat out staple.
Don’t get me wrong. Pizza is delicious. I love it as much as the next New Yorker. But I certainly wouldn’t want to eat it for every meal. Composed mainly of simple carbohydrates, pizza also scores pretty low on the nutrition spectrum.
Which is why in class when we made pizza bites, the crust was anything but classic. Utilizing a favorite seasonal veggie that is all the rage right now, we fashioned a cauliflower crust that you can adorn with all your seasonal toppings.
This recipe simplifies the process of making cauliflower rice by using raw instead of cooked cauliflower, and the cornmeal adds a pleasant grainy texture. Kids may initially turn up their noses at the stinky vegetable, but if it looks like pizza it tends to jump miles in their estimation.
This recipe is adapted from Every Last Bite.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza Bites
Prep Time: 30 mins
Makes 12 pizza bites
1 small cauliflower
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
¼ tsp salt and pepper
¼ cup cornmeal
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Pare the cauliflower and chop it into florets before placing in a food processor. Pulse to blend until the texture resembles rice. Measure out two cups into a bowl. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine
3. Coat each muffin tin with a drop of oil.
4. Pack a spoonful of the crust mixture into each muffin cup.
5. Bake the pizza crusts for 10 minutes in the oven until firm. Meanwhile, prepare your toppings.
6. Remove muffin tin from the oven and allow to cool.
7. With the crusts still in the muffin tray, spread a layer of tomato sauce and evenly distribute your toppings.
Place the muffin tray back into the oven an allow to bake for 5 minutes until the edges are browned and the cheese is melted.
8. Slide the pizza bites out of the tray using a knife. Allow to cool and serve.