Healthy, Delicious Pizza…Say Wha!?
Growing up in an Italian family from Brooklyn, pizza was a staple in my house. As was pasta, eggplant parm, and all the other delicious foods you can smother cheese and sauce on top of. As I’ve adopted a healthier lifestyle and a new mindset around food, I’ve searched for ways to “hack” my favorite dishes so that they remain in line with the principles of the nutrition plan I’ve had so much success with, but still taste delicious.
One of my favorite, most satisfying meals has been this quick and simple egg white pizza + cauliflower rice “pizza bowl” dish. By swapping out traditional pizza crust, or even cauliflower pizza crust (a common swap for bread) for egg whites, you’re not just eliminating carbs, but you’re adding protein to this dish which keeps you satisfied, and keeping calories to a minimum. Both important things for a healthy weight loss program. I’d probably have this as a dinner since there are no carbs involved, as dinners on my nutrition plan call for 25% protein and 75% veggies.
I decided to add a side to this pizza to add in some more veggies and keep me full longer: enter my cauliflower pizza bowl. I could not be more excited about the way this turned out and I am thrilled to share both ridiculously easy recipes with you!
To make the egg white pizza, simply heat a pan over medium-high eat, spray with a non-stick cooking spray (I use cold pressed olive oil), and cook egg whites fully until you have a well-done crust. This usually takes me about 5-7 minutes. Once the egg whites are cooked through and you start to see a nice crust forming on the outer edges, top with sauce, cheese, and Italian seasonings. I use Rao’s sauce, and a nice blend of cheese like the one pictured below. To season, I add a pinch of garlic powder, oregano, and red pepper flakes.
For the pizza bowl, I buy my cauliflower already riced. In fact, I have a rule in my house: I only buy veggies pre-chopped. I am much more likely to make healthier choices when things are done for me, and less work is involved. I’m a busy bee, so sitting around ricing cauliflower is just not something I choose to spend my time on. Sure, you’ll pay an extra 50 cents or a dollar, but the peace of mind knowing that everything is literally done is worth it. Chances are, if I had to sit around chopping and dicing and ricing vegetables for a half hour, I’d probably just order take-out, which would cost me a lot more, and certainly be less healthy!
To make the pizza bowl, spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray, and heat to high-medium heat. Add the cauli rice, stirring occasionally until it begins to heat and soften. Sometimes I’ll throw a splash of water to help get it soft. After about 5-10 minutes, as the rice is cooked, add your sauce and cheese. Season with the same things you put on your pizza. And that’s it guys. So damn easy.
The perfect dinner!
If you’d like to learn more about the nutrition plan I’m doing, shoot me an email at Info@TheChampagneDiet.com and I’d be happy to talk to you about it! I’d love to invite you to join me and my Rebel Body Babes community where I’m coaching the 500+ women doing the same plan every day with advice, support, recipes, and more. We are truly like a girl gang for wellness! Not only have I already lost 16 lbs on this plan, but my confidence has soared and I’ve been able to conquer my emotional eating, which has been major for me. It’s been mind-blowing to view weight loss as a positive experience and actually have fun with it and realize I can love my body, but still want to make my body a better place to live. I’ve never felt or looked better, and I’d love to help you feel the same!
With love and pizza,