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Cauliflower and Pesto Flatbreads

by Kaitlyn Guenther

I think if I were to tally up all of my different cravings pizza would have the largest column. It is a constant effort to stop myself from walking over to the nearest pizza shop and buying a pizza loaded with cheese and sauce! I remember once when I was a child my mom made cauliflower pizza, which was surprisingly good... So when I was recently hit with a MAJOR pizza craving I decided to make my own. And my secret ingredient? Cauliflower!

Cauliflower and Pesto Flatbreads

I love how simpe this recipe is and I actually find it a lot less complicated than making proper dough from flour. There aren't too many different ingredients and the ones included are full of healthy nutrients and benefits:

Cauliflower: I love using cauliflower as much as possible because it is basically the rainbow of vegetables—it contains almost ALL of the nutrients that the human body needs to function. The two most notable nutrients are fibre and choline. Fibre is essential to keeping a healthy tummy and digestive system; vegetables and fruit are a great source of fibre but cauliflower is especially awesome. Choline is a nutrient that not many people have heard of and not many people get enough of. It is necessary for healthy brain function and not many foods have it.

Sunflower Seeds: I use sunflower seeds in my recipe because they are a great nut-free substitute. Sunflower seeds are a really nice base because they have lots of vitamin E (which absorbs into the body best when combined with a fatty food like seeds!) and magnesium—one of my favourite minerals because it helps with healthy mood management.

Eggs: Don't forget about the eggs... YUM YUM YUM! Eggs are full of healthy fats and protien. In fact eggs are a source of complete protien, meaning they contain all 9 of the amino acids that our body cannot make on its own and needs to get from food.

Cauliflower and Pesto Flatbreads

I like to make these flatbreads and just keep a few in the fridge and a few in the freezer to pull out as a substitute for bread in different meals. My favourite way to use them is for a tasty pizza treat. You can top them with your favourite toppings (I like to use pesto, mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula, and olives) and pop them in the grill for a few minutes to let the cheese melt.

Sometimes I feel like adding a bit of extra colour by using broccoli instead of cauliflower or throwing some shredded carrots or beets into the mix as well. Talk about a rainbow!

Cauliflower and Pesto Flatbreads

Abracadabra!
Alakazam!
Turn this vegetable into pizza with ham!

Okay I know that was a horrible but don't think about how cheesy that rhyme was... Think about how cheesy your cauliflower pizza will be!


References
Babcock, Jillian. “Sunflower Seeds: Benefits, Nutrition & Recipes.” Dr. Axe, Dr. Axe, 4 Nov. 2017, draxe.com/sunflower-seeds/.
Elliot, Brianna. “The Top 8 Health Benefits of Cauliflower.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 4 Apr. 2017, www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-cauliflower#section5.
Lewin, Jo. “The Health Benefits of Eggs.” BBC Good Food, 2017, www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/ingredient-focus-eggs.

Visit our Sneaky–Nutrient Recipes section to find the full recipe for Vegetable Flatbread.

 

Kaitlyn's byline photoAbout Kaitlyn:

I am Kaitlyn, a 20 year old girl currently living in Birmingham, England.  I am the K in DLTK and I've been working for the family website since I could hold a crayon.  Aside from helping my parents on the site, I run after school clubs with primary students in England and find fun ways to teach them maths!  I also enjoy my volunteer work with the elderly people in my community—going to care homes and sheltered accomodations to sing, serve tea, or just talk.  In my spare time I love to read, journal, play volleyball, and explore the UK.  You can view my other blog posts here or connect with me on Facebook or Instagram.