Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I’m happy to report that the cold I mentioned last Monday is practically gone, leaving me feeling as though this is quite a Marvelous Monday. I know everyone has seen an explosion of cauliflower pizza crust recipes, so that is exactly why I am going to share mine. You can never have too many right?

I am going to serve up a side of Marvelous things to go along with my pizza crust recipe, seeing as it is Monday and all. Each centralizing around updating you on my exercise routine.

Marvelous is: Finally registering for my next half Marathon the first week of May. It will be my 5th time racing in a half.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Ingredients: Instructions
•1 tbsp vital wheat gluten

•1 tbsp coconut flour

•2 tbsp unsweetened whey

•1/4 tsp baking soda

•1/4 tsp baking powder

•1/4 cup egg whites•1/2 cup of mashed cooked cauliflower•salt•rosemary

•basil

1)Cook the cauliflower and mash it well. I don’t have a processor so I mash with a fork.2)Press out liquids with a clean dish towel.3)In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients4)Add in egg whites and mix well, then cauliflower (mix again)

5)Bake for 15 min (convenction bake 350deg F)

6)Add toppings and bake for another 5-10 min

Category Mark Comments Overall Grade
Convenience

D

I will be the first to admit that the whole process from start to finish is a bit time consuming.

B-

Health

A

Without toppings the whole recipe is only around 150 calories mostly coming from protein. Once you get some cheese and meet on it you are working your way towards a more appropriate meal amount.
Taste

B+

This doesn’t have the yeasty taste of regular breads, but it does taste delicious grilled with cheese. I have had this with and without rosemary, so it is safe to say I prefer it WITH the rosemary.
Texture

B

Not crunchy, however you can pick it up with your hands without it falling apart. A must for pizza crust!
General Comments:
If you  make this expecting a regular pizza crust –> you will be disappointed.If you make this after having attempted another cauliflower pizza crust that fell apart when picking up –> you will be pleased (I hope).

Marvelous is: Accepting the fact that my time for the upcoming half marathon will most likely not be what I want. I have had a tight schedule for training, a heavy cracking cough, cold damp weather, and right foot woes to slow me down.

Marvelous is: Enjoying my alternate day strength training despite the fact that I usually don’t enjoy strength. I have been adding more exercises to my strength routine and the variety has pleased me immensely!

Marvelous is: Making it through the entire winter without having to pay for a gym membership or buy expensive class passes. It is great having a good running coat, medicine ball, dumbbells, swiss ball, and skipping rope to make friends with.

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What are your favorite pizza toppings (cheese is a given!) –> Mushrooms, basil, and olive (exactly as pictured!)

 Do you pay for gym membership? –> Nope

If you could only have one STRENGTH fitness item what would it be? –> My weighted medicine ball

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Ready Set Go

So I’ve picked up my bib, along with a few other splurges at the race expo:

I’m loving the color of the shirts!

I’ve been waiting to find this P28 high protein bread in Canada, and am so excited that I have. I was told that it should be available at Metro grocery stores, so I will have to keep my eye out for it. I’m going to wait to try it until after the race tomorrow though, just to be cautious.

I mentioned recently about running with the butterflies. They have been flying out of bushes on my runs for the past two months, they make me smile every time. Apparently the red admiral butterfly migrated to my parts earlier than usual. They sure like the weather we have been having. So today when I was on my way to the race expo and got close enough to take a good picture of one I figured it must be a good sign that I just need to trust my training runs and enjoy tomorrows half-marathon!

And I take it as another good sign, that I got close enough to another different butterfly to take another close picture. I’m not quite sure what type this butterfly is, I’m going to do some hunting and get back to you.

Ready or not here I come!

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Have you ever gotten really close to a butterfly? Have you tried P28 Protein bread?

The Fear of Failure

It’s funny how one comes to realize something isn’t it? Sometimes the act of realization is a Eureka moment, and other times it’s a slow clearing of fog. This time it was an event that triggered me to realize a lesson about failure. Of course that event was a failed baking attempt.

And the lesson learned:

This lesson is important to me, because I am currently dealing with the fear of failure. Particularly in regard to the upcoming Half-Marathon I’ve been training for. It is in two weeks, and I fear that I will not be able to set a personal record. But I’m coming to realize that fearing failure is silly, because failure doesn’t bite (unless of course we are talking about a dog named Failure). Thus, I will be running the half-marathon with my whole heart and enjoying every minute of it without the fear of failing my personal record!

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Do you ever fear failure? What was the last baking failure you had? Do you have a dog named Failure that bites? (just kidding)

Time for an Update

My week has been beyond insane. I will give you an update of what went down:

I burnt my hand making tea…

…but everything was alright when I remembered all the delicious treats I had from a food swap with Tara!

So much deliciousness (I kept finding things under the packing peanuts!). I’m in love with Justin’s nut butter! You will most likely see these yummy snacks showing up in upcoming WIAWs 🙂

I spilt water on my computer, and now the battery doesn’t work so it always needs to be plugged in at my desk…

…so I’ve resorted to studying while eating instead of using my computer. For example the above microwaved french toast topped with cottage cheese, peanut flour sauce and cinnamon was enjoyed while studying for a test!

I’ve been knocking out really great runs in preparation for next Sundays half-marathon…

…and refuelled with smoothies in re-used protein powder containers.

I’ve had interviews with two different companies…

..but I made sure to have a yummy breakfast before heading out.

‘C’ to the power 4 Spelt! (That would be Creme Caramel Cottage Cheese)

Edibles

  • 1/2 cup bob’s Red Mill Spelt Flakes
  • 1 tbsp chia seed
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 cups of cold Creme Caramel Rooibos Tea
  • sweetener, dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup of cottage cheese

Engineering Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients except for cottage cheese
  2. Micro for 2 minutes, stir. Micro for 1 min. Let sit for 5 minutes
  3. Add in cottage cheese
  4. Let sit in fridge over night (if you don’t have time to let sit use less liquid)

This upcoming week looks a little less hectic, so I think I will be able to hang around the blogosphere more. Yay, nothing could make me smile more!

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Have you ever used cottage cheese in your oats? Tell me something that happened to you this week.