Recipe Rehab: Mexican Pizza

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One of the cool things our Extreme Weight Loss season 5 peeps get to do while they’re with us at bootcamp is to take turns making dinner for each other. Amazing, right? Especially when I am around and the meals are finished! I have been their professional taste tester. When it’s their turn to make dinner, they get to work with the amazing nutrition professionals at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to rehab one of their favorite foods. Now, you all get to be the beneficiaries of these Recipe Rehabs! Aren’t you lucky?! 😉

Today’s Recipe Rehab is our peeps’ take on Mexican Pizza, and let me tell you…this one is to die for! It’s gluten-free, low calorie, loaded with nutrients, and oh, so yummy! Your kids will love it, your friends will love it, and it can go way beyond just having a Mexican flair, so be sure and look for some other tasty options for this Recipe Rehab at the end of this post. 🙂

Here you go—Mexican Pizza—directly from our EWL season 5 peeps:

Mexican Pizza

Cauliflower Crust
(Large pizza, serves 8)

What you’ll need:

2 large heads of cauliflower (about 3 ½ pounds of flowerets)
2 large eggs
2/3 cups reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp rosemary

What you’ll do:

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1. Preheat oven to 400*. Wash your cauliflower heads, cut off all the flowerets, and grate them using the larger holes of a grater. Or you can throw them in the food processor too. Place this cauliflower “rice” in a microwave safe bowl, cover, and microwave for 5-7 minutes, or until the cauliflower is soft and tender.
2. Place the cauliflower in a towel or cheesecloth and let it cool for a few minutes, then wrap it up and twist the ends of the towels in the opposite direction until all the excess water is removed. Bonus: The harder you twist, the more calories you’ll burn. Might as well get a bit of an arm workout in, right? 😉
3. Put the cauliflower in a bowl and add the eggs, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and rosemary, and mix well.
4. Spray your pizza pan well with non-stick spray, and press the cauliflower mixture onto the pizza pan until it’s about 1/3” thick.
5. Bake the crust for 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven. You’ll know when the crust is done when it’s golden brown and the edges start to rise up. Check the middle by pushing it with your finger—if it bounces back, cook it a little bit longer.
6. Now comes the fun part! Add your toppings (see recipe below), and put your pizza back in the oven for 5-15 minutes, depending on your oven.

What’s in it:

Each slice (crust only) has approximately 94.8 calories, 8.2 g protein, 10.9 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, and 2.9 g fat.

Topping:

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What you’ll need:

1 cup salsa
¼ cup black beans, mashed
1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped green pepper
1 cup spinach, chopped
½ cup mushrooms, chopped
1 cup fat free cheddar cheese, grated
½ cup red cabbage, chopped
½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup yellow bell pepper, chopped

What you’ll do:

1. Mix the salsa and mashed black beans, and spread on the crust.
2. Brown the turkey burger, onion, and green pepper, and drain well.
3. Add the toppings in the order you’d like.
4. Bake as directed in #6 above.
5. Enjoy!

What’s in it:

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Each slice (topping only) has approximately 161.1 calories, 20.7 g protein, 8.8 g carbohydrates, 2.3 g fiber, and 4.9 g fat.

Other options:

#1. Not in the mood for Mexican Pizza? Simply top the crust with your favorite sauce and toppings and bake for 5-15 minutes as above. Try grilled chicken, other veggies, fruit…you’re only limited by your own creativity!

#2. Don’t want a large pizza? Cut the ingredients in half and you’ll have a small 10” pizza. Nice, huh?

#3. On a low carb day? Simply omit the black beans and you’re good to go!

What are your fave healthy pizza toppings? Share your ideas in the comments below so we can all give them a try!

Xoxo

Heidi

Related posts: Recipe Rehab: Labor Day Cookout Classics, Rocco’s Soft Serve Ice Cream, Mashed Potato Makeover, Skinny Pancakes


21 Comments

  1. Bridget - October 18, 2014

    Can you use frozen cauliflower?

  2. Julia - September 27, 2014

    Hello, can I ask if you know any recipe for healthy cake without shugar. It May be also without flour. And a lot of fruit :). Thank you. Ps: Sorry for my english (not american)

  3. rosemary villa - September 17, 2014

    Made this for din din tonight its amazing!!! I am a mommy of 3 they all loved it and so did I!!! And I hate cauliflower.

  4. Rosangela Kozlik - September 15, 2014

    Sounds very yummy! !!
    What can I use to substitute the cheese?
    Thanks
    🙂

  5. Shari - September 15, 2014

    This pizza looks fabulous. Have to admit I am not a big fan of cauliflower; but, I would like to try this with zucchini. There is certainly plenty of that from the garden this time of year.

  6. Kelly @ trial and eater - September 13, 2014

    I have always wanted to try cauliflower pizza crust! The mexican pizza toppings look amazing. My favorite healthy pizza toppings involve fruit and/or spinach – I love pineapple or pear on pizza but you can’t go wrong with a tomato + spinach combo!

  7. Kristen Quinn - September 13, 2014

    Yes, the pumpkin protein shake.. ROCKS! Love the fudge recipe too.. a lot of your recipes have been wonderful at that! My old treat b/f my transformation, was going to the local fast food places for pumpkin pie shakes this time of year. With your pumpkin pie shake recipe.. not worries now! LOVE IT! Eager to try this goody too, to add to my Heidi Powell recipe list, I have saved on my desktop! Been hearing about cauliflower pizza lately. Now have a recipe! YEAH!

  8. Jacqueline - September 13, 2014

    Sounds yummy! What are the nutritional values if you include the cauliflower crust?

    • Team Powell - September 13, 2014

      The nutritional values are given for both the crust and the topping, so add them together to get the total for the entire pizza. Enjoy! 🙂

  9. rosaly young - September 12, 2014

    Thank you for these wonderful reciepes…I tried your Pumkin Protein shake…and I loved it..im going to try this Mexican pizza….looks so yummy…Love you guys….you inspire me…❤❤

  10. Laurie Miraglio - September 12, 2014

    I recently discovered I absolutely love broccoli on my pizza! Broccoli and green bell peppers. The only restaurant that will serve it is BJs. However I usually have it at my cousin’s when she invites me over for make your own pizza night. When you bake the broccoli it gets a slight crunch and is just delicious!

  11. vicky - September 12, 2014

    So glad for the reminder of On Demand! I have most of the shows recorded, though. I do watch The Biggest Loser, but it’s nothing like Chris and Heidi’s show!

  12. vicky - September 12, 2014

    I still haven’t tried this. I’m not a fan of cauliflower, but I do like broccoli. Do these foods upset your stomach? gas??

    • Team Powell - September 12, 2014

      They shouldn’t, although different people can be affected differently, and it depends on how much you eat at one time. This recipe is awesome, and you really can’t taste the cauliflower – give it a try! 🙂

  13. Amber - September 12, 2014

    I love me a full blown veggie pizza!

  14. Angela adams - September 12, 2014

    Looks good I like everything in it but I would have to use lactose free eggs

  15. Lelie - September 12, 2014

    That’s genius! I was desperate for a carb-free version of pizza crust, thank you so much!

  16. Joe Young - September 12, 2014

    This looks absolutely delicious! As someone who works long hours in a creative field, I’m always looking for healthy alternatives to help combat the long hours of sitting at a desk! I will be making this wonderful dish over the weekend!

  17. Shahlah - September 12, 2014

    Oh Heidi, how I love thee. You had me at mexican! I have heard of cauliflower crusts and never really looked into, until now! I am ABSOLUTELY going to test this give it a whirl! Thank you so much! I love seeing you and Chris, my secret dynamic duo on EWL (sad the season ended, but yay for On Demand!). Thank you for sharing you are so awesome! I will post the pizza on my IG acct (@FitnessPower14) . U inspire me!

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