Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

Who doesn’t love pizza? If you don’t love pizza then something is seriously wrong with you. The way I eat my pizza though, people’s eyes get big as they watch me. I love hotness, I suppose maybe it’s the brown in me. I love it to the point where with each bite I have to suck in air to cool my mouth and lips down. That’s when you know it’s good…anyway long story short I put a ton of Chile flakes on my pizza. After reading foodbabes most recent blog, I was truly saddened because she investigated main chain pizzas and what exactly they are putting in the food. Little Caesar’s wouldn’t even respond back so that’s super scary considering it’s only 5 bucks for a cheese pizza something has to be sketchy there. If you don’t follow her blog you definitely should.

If you follow me you know I’m a huge fan of cauliflower. It’s such a versatile vegetable that takes on flavors easily.  My little man Liam who is 11 months absolutely loved this dish. I try to be careful with what I feed him. While pregnant, I started reading on food and what we are actually consuming. I figure it’s to late for me (half-joking) but with him I really try to feed him all natural, non processed food. So with that said, I bought the Applegate Natural uncured pepperoni. It’s nitrate/nitrite free (look into that if you don’t know what it is), casein free, and antibiotic free.  Everything else if you can buy organic you should but to me the pepperoni is the most important. This brand of pepperoni makes huge slices compared to the normal size you’re used to seeing on pizza. So that’s why below I have 2 different numbers of the slices you might want to use. This dish was super easy but a little time-consuming due to the length the cauliflower needed to be microwaved. I also served it with garlic bread so I know it takes away from the main meal being carb and gluten-free but hey I love my bread. I just put the casserole on top of the bread with each bite and it was bomb. It’s still a healthier option then eating pizza! My source estimated this meal to be 207 calories per serving for 4 people.

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Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

(adapted from http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com)

Ingredients:

For the puree

1 medium head of cauliflower

2 T heavy cream

1 T butter

5 slices of Pepperoni (or 8 if you use the normal size one)

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella

For the casserole

8 slices of Pepperoni (or 12 if normal size)

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions:

Cut cauliflower away from stem and cut into medium size pieces

Place cauliflower in bowl along with 2 T heavy cream and 1 T butter

Microwave uncovered for 10 minutes , stir to coat with mixture and microwave another 6 minutes

Remove and place in blender and puree along with 5-8 pepperoni and 1/4 cup cheese

Place in an 8×8 dish then cover with 1/2 cup cheese and layer with pepperoni.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes .

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