Hello peeps! I’ve got a special treat for you today! It’s my very first guest poster over here at IBIH. And honestly I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner! Seriously, it’s a pretty sweet deal – get another blogger to do all of the work (cooking, cleaning, photography, writing, etc.) and then send me all of it to cut and paste it into my post. That is all. Clearly I’ve been going about this blogging thing the hard way! Getting people to guest post is where it’s at! The
sucker blogger that I got to do all this hard work for us is none other than the hilarious Kim Bee from Cravings of a Lunatic. You might remember that she interviewed me for her Burning Down the Kitchen segment where she made her own version of my coconut frenzy cake a couple of months ago. Burning Down the Kitchen is one of my favorite things that she does weekly, when she interviews fellow bloggers and makes one of their recipes. I’ve been introduced to a lot of great bloggers by reading it every week and it’s highly entertaining. Check it out if you haven’t already – that alone is one of the many reasons to follow her! Anyway, Kim and I have become blogging besties since then and I just love her to pieces. She’s warm and funny and a little silly which is one of the things I dig about her. I’d vote her “the blogger most likely to come to your town and ding-dong ditch you while giggling madly in your bushes.” Then I’d invite her in and we’d stay up all night laughing our fool heads off. Good times…
So Kim Bee is a self-proclaimed “high carber” and she’s not kidding – her blog is chock full of stuff I can’t eat right now. And you’re probably thinking “But Mellissa, why would I follow a food blogger who blogs about high carb food when I eat low carb or gluten free??” Well I’ll tell you why – because she’s awesome. I’ve yet to make a single recipe of hers, though many of them are insanely tempting, (is it bad that I’m admitting this Kim? You still love me right????) but I read all of her posts. Because if you just want a recipe to follow, you can Google it and get a million of them. But I read other bloggers for the stories – to be entertained if you will. When I find someone that can keep me interested in their life, and make me laugh out loud on a regular basis, well that’s like interweb gold people! Plus, in spite of her modesty it’s not all bad for you – she roasts cauliflower and eats vegetables and stuff! And a lot of her recipes can be tweaked for low carb like her steak stir fry, 40 cloves of garlic roast chicken, slow cooker pulled beef & shallots, and even her lovely pink lemonade ice cream (use crystal light and splenda which I’m totally going to try soon!) And so I give you Kim Bee from Cravings of a Lunatic! I hope you guys enjoy her as much as I do! She’s a little nervous so be nice to her! And maybe, just maybe, we can lure her over to the healthy side of low carb high fat eating. ;)
Okay first let me start off by saying I give people who follow a strict low carb diet kudos. You folks amaze me. I’ll disclose I am not a low-carber myself. In fact I would say I probably qualify as a high-carber. Quite honestly I am not quite sure how I ended up here. Okay I remember now, I love Mellissa, that’s how. When Mellz (I like to call her that just to annoy her) asked me to guest post for her I have to admit I thought maybe she fell down and bumped her head. Hard! Like got a concussion or something crazy like that. She had not fallen down, she just loves me as much as I love her so she asked me to bring something tasty for you all. I was terrified and after a bazillion, gazillion emails, and multiple nicknames I got a handle on what I could do to make the low-carb folks happy and still satisfy my inner Lunatic. This little concoction is what I came up with. I hope it appeals to everyone out there. I have to admit to having a serious sweet tooth so I wanted to find a way to get a hint of sweetness without adding any sugar. That’s where roasting the cauliflower came in. Roasting it gives it an almost caramelized taste. It’s just enough to satisfy my taste and not overpowering enough to turn the rest of you off. In fact I’m going to go out on a limb and say you might really love this one. You might want to hug me, kiss me, propose to me even. So get those rings ready folks. This is going to blow your skirt up!
For the crust:
1 large head of cauliflower (about 4 cups), chopped
4 oz of goat cheese
For the Toppings:
1/3 cup of Marinara Sauce
6 oz of goat cheese, shredded
1 head of roasted garlic, you are using just the cloves, you can slide them out with a knife or fork very easily
1/2 to 1 cup of baby arugula, torn into pieces
For the Crust:
You want to roast your garlic ahead of time. For how to roast garlic you can view the tinfoil method or the dutch oven method. It’s super easy. Roast your cauliflower in advance as well. That will save time. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Take your roasted cauliflower and place in a microwave safe bowl. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. It will now be soft enough to just mash with a fork. You can pop it in the food processor if you like – I did not find it necessary to do that. Now place the cauliflower in a towel and squeeze the heck out of it to get rid of all the excess moisture. Return cauliflower to a bowl and mix in the goat cheese and egg. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour out your cauliflower mix onto that and start to press and shape it with your hands. I did mine in a circle just like a typical pizza. You can shape the edges by using the back of a knife or fork to help get a nice shape. Make sure it’s tight and holding together well. Now place the cauliflower “dough” into the preheated oven for about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on your oven, and the size of your “dough.” Remove from the oven.
For the Toppings:
Top with sauce, cheese and roasted garlic. Return to oven until the cheese melts. If you’re popping it back into a 400 degree oven it will take about 5 to 10 minutes. If you use your broiler it will only take 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from oven and top with baby arugula.
Serve with a big old healthy pizza smile!
I sure hope everyone held onto their skirts! I did some Google searches to verify I knew what I was doing before I dove into this. I’ve made Wild Rice Pizza before but not Cauliflower. I used a combination of Linda Wagner’s and The Detoxinista recipes. Two great resources for healthy eating, I highly recommend both blogs. I used my recipe for Roasted Cauliflower which is super easy to do. You basically just drizzle with olive oil and cook for about 15 minutes – easy peasy. I also included links for those who don’t know how to roast garlic, again this is super easy. You basically drizzle with olive oil, wrap in tinfoil and pop it in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. You can roast it in tinfoil in your oven or you can roast it in a dutch oven with some chicken broth as well.
Thank you to my crazy friend Mellissa for having me today. I adore this woman to bits. She is so talented and I just know she’s going to be wildly successful in her food career. Not only talented but her wicked sense of humor puts my own to shame. Every email she sends me has me waking up the family with wild, hysterical laughter. Mellz thanks for trusting me today. I know I am the anti low-carber most days so it means a lot to me that you were willing to put your faith in me. I am so happy to have met you through blogging and cannot wait till we can meet up in person one day and wreak havoc on whatever city we’re in. They’ll never know what hit them. (Kim, you rocked it just like I knew you would! Thanks for putting all of that hard work into it for us! I adore you and I can’t wait to meet up – hopefully it will happen for real at a blogging conference next year! Fingers crossed! XOXO)
To Mellissa’s readers, thanks for taking time out of your day to check this recipe out. I hope I’ve made something you all will enjoy and make often. I was going to make it with arugula and prosciutto but then opted for the roasted garlic. So feel free to change this up. The possibilities are endless with a recipe like this. Feel free to come visit me at Cravings of a Lunatic. But fair warning, there’s quite a ton of sugar and carbs on my blog so reserve your visits for cheat days or making something for company. And a huge kudos to you all. When I took on this challenge it really opened my eyes to how differently you have to cook to follow a low carb diet. It’s totally worthwhile doing but I now know it’s a lot harder to develop recipes for special diets. I myself have IBS so I can relate to having to work menus around specific foods. I cannot eat pork or intake any alcohol. I also cannot eat things like spinach or whole wheat. So trust me when I say hats off to you all! Now did I blow some skirts up?
Toodles and smoochies! xx
Cravings of a Lunatic”
So there you have it peeps! Didn’t she do a great job?! *claps loudly* I for one had a Marilyn Monroe skirt blown moment when I saw the pictures and read the recipe. Goat cheese and cauliflower crust? I’m in! I can’t to give this one a try! I hope you guys like it too and will report back! Head over to Cravings of a Lunatic and
stalk follow Kim Bee all over the place, she can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. And don’t you just love her sign off “Toodles and smoochies?” I mean it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! And totally jealous that I have no cool sign off to give you all the warm fuzzies too. I’ll have to work on it. Let’s see…
Mellz out Nope, too gangsta/Seacrest…
Low carb and Prosper Too geeky…
Hugs and kisses Gag me.
I love you more than bacon That would be lying (sorry) and therefore wrong.
“Love ya like bacon” Hmmm…not a lie, has a nice ring to it…..could work. ???
Sigh….this is hard! No warm fuzzies for you yet – but I do love ya peeps! So get out there and try this cauliflower pizza – but plan accordingly because it’s probably not wise to eat all that garlic before a big date, just sayin’! ;)
Approximate nutrition info for 1 serving (one quarter of the pizza): 272 calories, 17g fat, 7g net carbs, 17g protein