Better For You Crust: Apple, Fig & Caramelized Cauliflower Pizza
This version of cauliflower pizza features a sophisticated mélange of crisp apples, caramelized onions, sweet figs and sharp parmesan cheese.
photo credit: Angus Fergusson
Sure, cauliflower may be uninspiring to look at, but it is an incredibly versatile veg that is chock-full of healthy goodness.
Like its other brassica or cruciferous family cousins, cauliflower is rich in the sulfur containing compounds, glucosinolates, isothiocyanates and sulforaphane, which taken together may help reduce the risk of lung, breast, colon and prostate cancers.
Cauliflower also contains carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidants, both of which have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart attack and stroke. And we can’t forget that vitamin C! With more than 70 percent of your C needs in a modest one cup serving, you know you’ve got some serious anti-inflammatory and immune support on your side.
While it may look round and stout, cauliflower is remarkably figure-friendly.
With just 25 calories and an impressive three grams of fibre per cup, cauliflower is a satiating low-cal way to bulk up any meal or snack. Research consistently suggests that getting enough fibre can help predict long-term weight loss and decreased Type 2 diabetes risk, likely by helping stabilize our blood sugars and keeping us feeling fuller longer.
And there’s never been a better time to get your fix. Cauliflower has become a low-carb stand-in for a wide range of guilty pleasures. From fried rice, to pizza crust, to faux tater tots, to steak, this culinary chameleon makes eating your vegetables fun. Looking for a quick bite? These oven-baked cauliflower bites are amazing stuffed into wraps.