a plant-powered pizza party: cauliflower pizza crust, kale salad, avo choco mousse, coconut milk whipped cream

Pizza is my world.

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The only thing that prompted giving cauliflower pizza crust a go was Robert and I were doing a Whole30 (30 days w/o grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol, etc, etc) and I happened to be hosting a movie night/pizza party right in the middle. Google delivered all kinds of options.

I chose this one because there was only 1/3 cup goat cheese (not Whole 30 perfect, but come on… it’s a pizza with only 1/3 cup goat cheese… + goat cheese can be easier to digest for the dairy intolerant.)

Many out there had lots of mozzarella, even bacon (yikes) in it. Totally unnecessary.

I topped it with Heidi Swanson’s 5 minute tomato sauce (but you could use any w/o sugar), sauteed spinach, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, jalapeno, olives and a Brazil Nut “parmesan” (pulse 1/2 cup brazil nuts in a food processor. add garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt to taste. perfect for caesar salads or wherever you prefer your parmesan.)

I liked everything about Detoxinista’s crust, but I might try the method, not the ingredients, in this recipe to see if it comes out a bit crispier.

Party planning tip:

Give yourself some time to put this together. maybe make the crust in the morning, or at least “rice” the cauliflower the night before or earlier in the day.  If you use a mini chopper/food processor like me, it will be messy and you’ll have to do the cauliflower in small bits. No big deal, just takes a bit longer than a grown-up food processor.

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It took 3 heads of cauliflower for a crust that would fit this 9 x 13 pan, which was plenty of pizza for eight.

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I also served this kale salad,
store-bought sweet potato chips + guacamole from Costco,
Giada’s avocado chocolate mousse (minus the chocolate chips… nice, but not necessary)
topped with Danielle Walker’s coconut milk whipped cream and berries. (note: I agree with her brand reco’s but I would add So Delicious culinary coconut milk to the faves and not even try Trader Joe’s coconut cream. It tastes “off” to me.

One thing I’ve noticed, as tasty as it is, I’m not tempted to over-eat this pizza. Like two small pieces is plenty… very unlike me. Did I mention, pizza is my world?

When you eat pure nutrition, your body knows what to do with it and will tell you when it has had enough, so you don’t eat as much food.

When you have empty-calorie, low-nutrient foods, your body keeps you hungry, hoping you’ll send something of substance its way… resulting in over-eating.

My point? You don’t need a ton of pizza for a plant-powered party. One big pan was plenty for eight.