Dirigo Dish: Summer Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Transform pizza from special treat to a healthy meal with this tasty dish from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!


4 Servings

For the cauliflower crust:

  • 1 large head cauliflower (roughly chopped)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup shredded, fat-free mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the sauce and toppings:

  • 1/2 cup canned, no-salt-added tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup shredded, fat-free mozzarella cheese


For the cauliflower crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and coat them with cooking spray.
  • Trim and discard the leaves from the cauliflower. Roughly chop the cauliflower florets. Add to the bowl of a food processor in batches, pulsing until the mixture resembles couscous. (The key to getting the correct consistency is to not overload the food processor.) Measure out 4 cups of the cauliflower and transfer to a medium bowl. Into the bowl, add egg whites, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Divide the cauliflower mixture over the 2 prepared baking sheets—aim for each “pizza” to be a 7- to 8-inch oval or circle, using a knife or a spatula to spread the mixture into this size.
  • Bake cauliflower crusts in the oven until edges are totally golden, around 30 minutes. Remove from oven.

For the sauce and toppings:

  • Reduce the oven to 425°F.
  • Make the tomato sauce: In a small bowl, combine tomato purée and spices. Reserve.
  • Prepare all the vegetables. Warm oil in a small nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add vegetables and, stirring constantly, cook until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • When the cauliflower crusts are finished, divide tomato sauce between each pizza, swirling into the middle of each pizza. Top with basil leaves, the cooked vegetables, and cheese. Bake in oven until cheese melts, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove pizzas from the oven. Use a large spatula to carefully remove pizza from parchment and transfer to each plate. Cut each one into quarters and serve.

The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

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