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cauliflower mini pizzas healthy recipe
Wellness
Published Thursday Jan 23, 2020 by Erica Fowler

Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Mini Pizzas)

Recipes
Food

Made into easy, single-serving portions, these tasty cauliflower mini pizzas are healthy with a crispy crust. Whether you more of a marinara fan or feeling pesto for dinner, you've gotta try this low-carb (but high in taste) meal. 

Ingredients
  • ¼ teaspoon of pink salt
  • 3 tablespoons of vegan parmesan
  • Flax egg (1 tablespoon of flax meal and 4 tablespoons of water)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped basil plus more for topping
  • Homemade basil pesto or jar of marinara sauce
  • Sliced red bell pepper
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Sliced red onion
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Olives
  • 1 head of cauliflower
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash and cut green leaves off of the cauliflower.
  • Place pieces of the cauliflower in the food processor and pulse until it becomes cauliflower rice.
  • Bring a pot to boil and add cauliflower rice and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Combine ingredients for your flax egg and set aside for five or so minutes to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and use a fine strainer to strain the rice and let cool.
  • Once cool, take a nut milk bag and strain all the water out of the rice (an important step to get it as dry as possible).
  • While the cauliflower rice is cooking, warm a skillet and add sliced onion, sliced bell pepper, and mushrooms. Sauté them enough to be cooked since they won’t be in the oven long.
  • Once the cauliflower is dry, place in a large mixing bowl and add in salt, vegan parmesan, flax egg, arrowroot flour, chopped basil, and dried oregano. Mix all ingredients into a dough.
  • Line parchment paper on a baking sheet and sprinkle gluten-free flour on the paper to avoid dough sticking.
  • Take a section of the dough and flatten it into a circle shape and line it on the baking tray, continue making little pizzas until you are out of dough.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 or so minutes and then flip the mini pizza crusts over and bake another 10 or so until firmer.
  • Add a light spread of marinara sauce, or homemade pesto, and veggies, vegan parmesan cheese, sliced cherry tomatoes, and rebake for another 10 minutes.
  • Take out and top with fresh basil. Enjoy!
Erica Fowler
Written by
Erica Fowler
Contributor | Holistic Nutritionist
About the author
With a heart-filled passion for holistic living and people, Erica spends most her time in Southern California along the salty coast when she’s not traveling. Focused on helping her clients find a natural balance, Erica encourages them to thrive through delicious, simple recipes and healthy habits.
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
The Latest
Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.