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Cauliflower Pizza Party & a Graduation! GF, V, BED, SCD!

Posted Jul 21 2012 10:25pm

Today was a special day. A very special day.

Today, I graduated from the Body Ecology Diet! I have officially been Sugar, Fruit, Dairy, Grain (aside from THE 4), Legume (including peanuts and soy), Starchy Veggie, Sweet Veggie, Mushroom, Tomato, Vinegar (except ACV), Alcohol, and Caffeine Free for exactly Three Months! I can now begin Phase 2!

However, instead of moving onto Phase 2, I am switching to the Specific Carb Diet in order to tackle my Ulcerative Colitis inflammation. Again, this diet is great for people with Colitis, Crohn’s, Celiac, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Autism, Aspergers, and anyone looking to lose a few pounds ;)

SOOOO…this happened today!!!

I had the organic honeycrisp apple I have been dreaming about for the last 3 months. And let me tell you, I’ve never tasted anything so sweet and delicious! I actually cried.

Zucchini Cauliflower SCD Pizza!

And just for full disclosure, I’m limiting myself to 1 piece of fruit per day for a while, so as not to shock my sugar-free system!

juicy tomatoes!

So for dinner, I went old school — with a pizza party! (Remember in grade school when you got pizza parties for just about every celebratory occasion?). Yep, I had a celebration SCD pizza, and my parents had celebratory filet mignon………at least it was grass-fed. :P

what a dish!

An amazing cauliflower crust pizza with sauteed zucchini and onion, and broiled tomatoes! UH-MAZING!!

a perfect way to celebrate!

And did I mention, that it’s Gluten Free, Vegan, and SCD, with a BED option?!

late evening shadows:)

Here’s what you need: (serves one)

Crust 1/3 head of cauliflower, riced and wrung dry
2 egg whites (Vegan Option: 2 flax/chia eggs)
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
pinch of garlic powder

Toppings 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced thin
5 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 tsp dried basil and oregano
salt and pepper
1 tomato, sliced in 1/2 inch slices (BED use a roasted red pepper!)

hooray for graduation! :)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put your raw cauliflower florets into the food processor, and process until it resembles rice. Then place “rice” in a clean kitchen towel and wring out all the excess water. Combine it thoroughly with your almond flour, salt, egg whites and garlic powder. Cut 2 sheets of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet. Put your batter onto one sheet of parchment, and place the other sheet on top. “Smoosh” it out as thin as you can. LEAVE THE TOP PAPER ON, and bake as a “parchment sandwich” for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, saute your onions in 1 tsp EVOO, salt, pepper, and spices for about 3 minutes, until they begin to soften. Then, add your zucchini slices, and let them cook for about 2 minutes. Finally, add you mushrooms and garlic and let them cook for about 2 minutes. Take off the heat when the veggies are still slightly firm — they’ll finish in the oven.

Finally, take your par-baked crust, spray it with EVOO spray, and top with your veggie mixture. Place the tomato slices on top, and bake for 15 more minutes at 350 degrees.

wow…just, wow!

This pizza was UNREAL!! This is seriously one of the best meals I’ve enjoyed in a long time. If you recall, tomatoes are not on Phase 1 of the BED, so this was a truly special treat! I almost cried when I took a bite.

delicious veggies!

The crust was fabulous! It was crunchy on the outside, and wonderfully chewy on the inside! And it didn’t taste like cauliflower AT ALL!

crispy, chewy crust!

And the zucchini, mushrooms and onions were so delicious with the warm basil and oregano. It was soul warming and satisfying. And something beautiful happens to tomatoes when you bake them: they almost melt into a sauce when you bite into them. So, SO unbelievable!

there’s cauliflower in that?!

Finally, the colors were just stunning. It was rustically fabulous:) It looked like an Italian flag with the bright red and cool green.

gluten free, vegan, body ecology diet friendly, SCD!

What’s your favorite piece of fruit? — Mine is…..a honeycrisp apple!

See ya tomorrow!!

This recipe is featured on Seasonal Sun  & Seasonal Celebration  & Slightly Indulgent Tues , Real Food Forager , & Tasty Tues !

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