Meatless Monday: Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Today’s Meatless Monday recipe is: Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Ingredient Spotlight: Cauliflower

20140803-201215-72735490.jpgCauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables (like broccoli). Cauliflower contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals. Adding to cauliflower’s appeal is its extreme versatility. You can eat it raw, add it to salads, or use it in your cooking. Cauliflower is a nutritional powerhouse that deserves a regular rotation in your diet.

Here’s the recipe…
Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Bites
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 30 Minutes
Total time: 40 Minutes
Yield: 24 Pizza Bites

Ingredients:
2 Cups Grated Cauliflower (washed, dried and grated using a food processor or cheese grater by hand until rice-like or thinner).
1 Tsp Oregano
2 Tsp Parsley
1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1-2 Tbsp of Hot Sauce
1 Flax Egg (1 Tbsp Ground Flax and 3 Tbsp warm water)
1/2 Cup Firm Tofu
1/2 Cup Chickpeas (Cooked & Drained)

Instructions:
Pre-heat your oven to 450 F.

Spray your mini muffin tin with a healthy cooking oil.

Make your flax egg: Place ground flax and 3 tbsp of water in a small bowl and set aside to let thicken.

Stir-fry the “cauliflower rice” in a hot frying pan until the cauliflower is slightly translucent (about 6-8 minutes). Then, place it in a bowl and let it cool.

Place all other ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth.

Then combine both the “cauliflower rice” and blended ingredients in a bowl and mix completely.

Evenly spoon mixture into your muffin tin molds. Press pizza dough down evenly and firmly* (pressing down firmly is very important to make sure they stick together).

Place in your oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Remove the pizza bites from the oven and let set until cool (This is also very important – let the pizza bites set for 5-10 minutes before removing them. If you take them out while they are too hot, they will fall apart).

Once cool, remove from muffin tin (either by tipping them out OR by running a thin knife down along the side and popping them out).

Use organic pizza or pasta sauce for dipping and enjoy!

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These cauliflower pizza bites are a great option for a low carb and delicious side dish, snack, or lunch!

Recipe adapted from Damy Health

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