Cancer-Free & Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Hi, how are you? How is your week going so far?

Weekend Update:

I’m glad you liked seeing the recipe round-up on Friday’s post. I made the coconut butter cups featured from Sweetly Raw. I used currents to add a bit of sweetness to mine. This was my first time making coconut butter (just dried coconut put in the food processor and blended until melted) and it is pretty incredible, albeit very rich. My coconut cups were not sweet, but they were really satisfying:

Coconut butter cups with dried currants.

I am thinking a carob or cacao plus peppermint version of these needs to happen.

I got in some good hiking this past weekend, both inland and at the beach. Springtime in California is beautiful when the air is clean and the flowers are blooming:

hiking pics

Thyroid Cancer Update:

The most important update I have to share with you is that yesterday I got a clean report from my first ultrasound and blood tests since my thyroid cancer surgery last October. I definitely breathed a huge sigh of relief when I got the news and am starting to feel that one of the hardest times in my life is starting to pass. Alan snapped this picture of me in the office; that’s my happy/relieved/tired/let’s-move-on look:

Cancer in the doc's office.

I’m still having work done on my scar to help it heal and making adjustments to my thyroid replacement medication, but it does seem that I can say with confidence that I am now six-months cancer-free and I am very, very happy about that. Thank you for your thoughts, messages, and encouragement; it has meant more to me than I can express.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza:

Did someone say pizza?!? As you may or may not know, I’m don’t eat gluten and so I haven’t had a regular pizza in at least two years. Somewhere from the back of my mind, however, I recalled reading on the blogosphere that a crust could be made from cauliflower. I know, sounds crazy, but go with me on this one.

The ingredients for the crust are simple: cauliflower, onion, garlic, almond flour, flax meal, baking powder, garbanzo bean flour, and corn meal.

You start by putting your cauliflower in the food processor until it gets worked down:

cauliflower rice

I then water-sauteed the cauliflower bits with some onion and garlic for flavor and put it in a large bowl. I mixed in almond flour, flax meal, baking powder, garbanzo bean flour, and corn meal and got this dough that actually had the consistency of real dough (this is half the batch):

Cauliflower pizza dough.

I spread it out on a parchment-lined baking tray and pre-baked it before adding any toppings:

Cauliflower crust.

Oops, there were still some big pieces of cauliflower in the crust:

Cauliflower in my pizza crust.

After baking it for 20 minutes, I took it out of the oven, added tomato sauce, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, oregano, nutritional yeast, and almond “parmesan cheese” (made from food-processed almonds, nutritional yeast, and garlic powder), baked it again, and got this:

Cauliflower Crust Pizza with all the toppings.

Oh yeah, baby, this was as good as any “real” pizza that I remember eating.

Here is the recipe:

I made a second pizza a few days later with fewer toppings and served with a salad for dinner:

Cauliflower Crust Pizza with salad for dinner.

I will be adding this recipe to my app, Vegan Delish, very soon, in case you were wondering. Speaking of the app, it has been climbing the charts again in iTunes. Just this morning, it was ranked #44 on iTunes for Food & Drink apps, just behind BeerSmith Lite and Fast Food Calorie Counter (grrr), yet ahead of Juice Master 5 lbs. in 5 days (really?) and Paleo Perfect (ha ha, go vegans!):

Vegan Delish ranked 44th on iTunes.

You do need an Apple hand-held device to get Vegan Delish, be sure to check out the iTunes preview page here.

Conclusion:

I’m continuing to make good progress on my master’s degree project, I estimate I’m about 35-40% complete. I’ll be working hard on that this week, so I won’t be posting again on the blog until this Friday. You can, however, reach me in the comments section (I read every single one of them), or on Twitter or my Facebook page.

Have a happy, healthy week and “see” you soon!

Comments

  1. Carrie Dale says

    Great post! Congratulations again on your cancer-free milestone. About the pizza crust — do you think it would work if I used thawed frozen cauliflower?

    • says

      Hi Carrie! Hmmmm, that’s an interesting question about the thawed frozen cauliflower. I am concerned it might be really mushy, it has been a long time since I used frozen cauliflower for anything. It just might not get the right consistency when you put it in the food processor and it might retain too much liquid from the freezing process. I would probably recommend using fresh cauliflower in this case. BUT, be sure to check out my Slow-Cooker Indian Stew; you could definitely use frozen cauliflower for that one. :)

    • ryan says

      Add nutritional yeast flakes and Italian herbs to the dough. It takes the already stunning crust to a new level. Thanks for the recipe. Keep living plant strong.

  2. CeCe says

    Carrie,

    I just recently started Dr. Furhman’s Eat to Live plan and started following your blog. I am really enjoying it…especially the “what I ate” emails.
    I am so happy for you on your report from the doctor. :)

    I love the app and look forward to more recipes being added.
    I am venturing out this week to try the cinnamon raisin muffins…my first baking experience since changing the way I eat. This pizza will be in my near future.

    CeCe

  3. Oly Jacobsen says

    Great news, Carrie! Congratulations, it’s wonderful to hear, and it must be mind blowing to say: 6 months cancer free!
    You know what I haven’t had pizza, since I went vegan, so this will be a birthday treat for me and my husband hthis week! Is half of the dough enough for two?

    • says

      Thank you, Oly! And, yes, half the dough makes a medium-sized pizza that is enough for two, but you might need a salad or something to go with it. Enjoy and happy birthday!!! :)

        • Oly Jacobsen says

          Carrie, we enjoyed the pizza tonight, even though the crust got somewhat soft from the tomato sauce and tomatoes. The other half of the dough I’ll just bake and then put some raw vegetables and the almond parmesan cheese on :-) Thanks for the recipe!

  4. says

    Mmmm yea, I saw those coconut cups. I can’t wait to try them – I’m on a strict cleanse right now, but have the recipe bookmarked to try it out soon.
    Congrats on your ultrasound results!!!!! So happy for you =) Happy 6 months.
    You know, every year I plan a super fun day to celebrate being cancer free on the anniversary of my surgery – it makes for a fun day.
    Oh I can’t wait to try your cauliflower pizza! I tried making one once and it was an epic failure. I usually just make pizza on a food for life rice wrap, but this looks so good!

    • says

      Thank you, Kimmy!!! Your support through the process made it so much easier and less scary. Xoxo. Yeah, you must try the coconut cups after you’re done with your cleanse. I’m going to wait until the next Healthy Vegan Challenge starts to make them again. Since they have no sugar, they fall into the category of “healthy treats” for me. :)

  5. says

    Congratulations Carrie on being cancer free. What fantastic news. I can’t believe it’s been 6 months already.
    I was planning to make those coconut cups too maybe with some mint and sweetener. They look so easy. I have a rubbish food processor so might try my vitamix.
    Great pizza. I recently started eating wheat/gluten again after a long time away from it. I seem to tolerate it OK but it’s too hard to tell during my pregnancy as I’m always tired so I’ll have to wait until afterwards for more experiments. It’s so nice eating bread again but think my toddler has a wheat intolerance so may be short lived.
    Congratulations on Vegan Delish. It’s doing so well!

  6. Dawn says

    Hi Carrie! I have recently started following your blog after reading “Eat to Live” and it has made my new-found way of life SO much easier thanks to your recipes!! I was living off of salad and frozen/steamed veggies because I was afraid the vegan recipes were going to be gross and complicated. I noticed your app was for iPhone only…do you have any plans to make it available on the Android Google play store any time in the neat future? This would make vegan cooking even easier for me!!

    Thanks ~ Dawn

    BTw… CONGRATS on being Cancer-free!!

    • says

      Hi Dawn! Thanks so much for the kind words and it makes me so happy that you’ve found some meal inspiration from my blog. To answer your question about my app, I do hope at some point to have an Android version. In the meantime, I will continue to make most of the recipes available on the blog. :)

  7. says

    Congrats on your cancer un-diagnosis!

    I’m a huge fan of making recipes as simple as possible, so I wanted to let you know that you can make the cauliflower crust pizza without cooking the cauliflower first. We did that last night and it worked wonderfully!

    • says

      Hi Carry! Thanks for the note, I wondered if sautéing the cauliflower was a necessary step. I’m glad that worked for you and I’ll try it that way next time for sure!

  8. Julianne says

    Congratulations on your clean bill of health, Carrie! You have definitely earned it through optimal nutrition!! I so admire the courage and cheery determination you have shown as we have all followed you on your journey. And by the way, the cauliflower pizza crust looks delish — I look forward to having it on my Vegan Delish and trying it out!

  9. melanie says

    yum!!! also – I LOVE your shirt :) congratulations on being cancer-free! What a blessing. Praying for a continued clean bill of health!

  10. Rebecca says

    YAY! I am so happy that your check up went well and that you are free of cancer. I hope the intermittent check ups get easier with time. You do a great job taking care of yourself which I’m sure helps! You look great in that blouse and I loved your nature pictures. Makes me want to go on a hike!

    • says

      Thanks, Rebecca!!! I have been thinking about you a lot lately and will e-mail you soon to catch up. All is good here, just busy. Hope you are well. I’m sending you a big hug!

  11. Patty says

    Hey, that’s awesome news Carrie!! I’m so happy for you and Alan, on your wonderful clean bill of health. You deserve it! Great news!

  12. Helena says

    Yay Carrie, I am so happy to read your good news! That’s really wonderful. I hope you are well and that you will soon find the optimal medication for you.

  13. Andrea says

    Yay. And if you havnt tried them yet, they make these silicon strips to reduce scars. You can get them in the drug store Worked amazing on my thyroid scar. My cousin used them on her tracheotomy scar but she didn’t cover the whole thing and we could really see the difference where she used them and where she didn’t. You just put them on like a band aid over the scar. But they are clear. It’s totally worth it!!

    • says

      Thanks for the note, Andrea! I did use those silicone strips for about the first 3 months after surgery on the recommendation of my surgeon. I eventually got lazy and stopped using them, but I do think they were helpful. :)

  14. Stacy L. says

    Congratulations on your report from the doctor! I’m so happy to hear this! And the pizza looks amazing – can’t wait to try it soon!

  15. says

    That is such a great idea, I have never even considered using cauliflower for a pizza crust but have used it for so many other recipes! I have to try this asap!! Thanks and congrats on your diagnosis!!

  16. Sarah says

    Hi Carrie!

    Wahoo! I am so excited to hear you are 6 months cancer free!

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and dipping my toes into ETL for even longer, but this is the first time I’ve commented. It’s funny how this internet thing works . . . I feel like you are a good friend, but you have no idea who I am!

    I want to let you know that your example has been so inspiring to me, and I am ready to commit 100% to this lifestyle change. I am joining your summer challenge and I’m so excited about it! This is something I’ve been longing to do for so long, and now just feels like the right time. It will be amazing to have such a great support group! In fact I’ve even signed up for Dr. Fuhrman’s getaway in San Diego, so there is no turning back now :-) I can’t wait to see how healthy I can get in the 9 weeks until the getaway and look forward to meeting you there!

    I’ll post on facebook more about my goals for the challenge, but I want to thank you for this opportunity. The time and effort you put into your blog make a difference for so many people, those who comment and those who are just lurking, as I’ve been for so long! You are an inspiration!

    • says

      Wow, thank you so much for the amazing comment, Sarah! I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you said I’ve inspired you. My work is done now. :) I’m glad you decided to join the Healthy Vegan Challenge and I’ll very much look forward to meeting you in San Diego. :)

  17. says

    I like the title of this post, especially the cancer free part. I know we don’t know each other in real non blogging life, but I think of your often and your journey :)

    The cauliflower crust looks great! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Be sure to stop by to see who the winner of our So Lucky GF Basket is! We are ALSO having a fantastic giveaway this week to kick off Celiac Awareness month! :)

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  18. says

    Thanks for linking this recipe up to 5-Ingredient Mondays. I’m featuring it this week as one of my favourite submissions :) Hope to see you back this week!

  19. says

    I love those words: Cancer Free! My mom received her five year mark for being cancer free since her double mastectomy. Thank you for sharing; that is such great news!

  20. Suzanne says

    I am in my first month ever of trying to go VEGAN. I am loving the challenges! I just found you and this recipe and I’m making it right now. It sounds so GOOD and i love finding ways to use cauliflower!! I’ve been making it mashed for a couple of years and we both love it. I’m going to grill it tonight when hubby gets home and we’ll see how he likes it…the BIGGEST challenge of all. Wish me luck :)

    And I wanted to tell you how happy I was to read your “Cancer-Free” message. I can only imagine how scary and life-changing that would be to go through. Upon just searching for a recipe, I found a reminder of gratitude for life. Congratulations and Live On. Peace <3

  21. Chris says

    First of all CONGRATULATIONS on a clean bill of health, what wonderful news!
    Next Monday I go in for my yearly results with my oncologist…crossing my fingers!
    Secondly, I am LOVING the look and ingredients of this pizza crust, I will definitely give it a try! Thank you!
    Blessings to you!

  22. says

    This looks so delicious! I made a cauliflower crust pizza before (NOM!) but unfortunately almond flour (or almonds in general) are very, very expensive! Could I sub that whole cup for a normal wheat flour (since I’m not gluten/wheat intolerant)? Perhaps even rice brown flour? Thanks so much! Can’t wait to make this :D

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