Cookies and Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I want to thank you all for the comments yesterday – even though I knew I wasn’t alone in my feelings regarding motherhood and life’s struggles, it is always great to hear everyone else’s experiences and approaches to difficult situations.

Everyone has their coping mechanisms and ways they handle day-to-day stress; we all know I love to run and always say that exercise plays a key role in giving you the opportunity to clear your mind, organize your thoughts, channel nervous energy and offers you a chance to put situations in perspective.

Lately it seems I also like to clean and organize closets as a way to organize my mind. The truth is, any which hobby you have will offer you a therapeutic escape.

Some people shop, paint, follow their favorite sports teams, clean, play ball, or knit.

Others may bake.

I could always be found in the kitchen creating some type of cookie or dessert, especially during the years of my divorce.

There is something so soothing to me about the whole baking process.

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Last night was no exception; I randomly decided to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

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If the process of making them isn’t soothing, the smell coming from the oven sure is.

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You know what else I whipped up this week?

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST!

Not only did I buy the cauliflower with the intention of attempting the infamous cauliflower pizza crust, I actually followed through and made it!

After my FitnessCrEATures friends had success making the crust last week, I decided right then and there it was time for me to take the plunge and make my own.

You should know that I really don’t like to follow recipes.

Maybe it is the only child in me, but I always liked to do my own thing. I don’t follow training plans with my running, I don’t like to plan out and adhere to weekly meal plans and I prefer to make up my own recipes for cooking and baking.

The cauliflower crust however required a little bit of research and recipe guidance in order for me to create a palatable meal.

There are tons of versions for this recipe so after perusing the internet, I ended up following the recipe posted last week over at the blog, How Sweet It Is. For the complete step by step instructions and recipe, click here.

I must say I pretty much followed this recipe in its entirety. I did add crushed garlic to the dough, left out the salt and added Italian seasoning.

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Impressive, right?  I probably could have left the crust in longer but I was afraid of burning it.

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I topped the crust with tomato sauce and then half with veggies such as peppers, onions, asparagus and some broccoli, more mozzarella cheese and parmesan and placed it back in the oven.

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Looks professional, yes?

I loved every bite and can’t wait to make it again. The flavor was incredible and I enjoyed the texture combined with cheese.

It is by no means a replacement for a pizzeria slice of pizza but it sure is tasty and a great way to get your veggies in.

Please try it and let me know what you think!

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What hobbies do you enjoy that also help relieve your stress?

Do you follow recipes?

Do you bake from scratch or use cookie/cake/brownie mixes?

Have you made the cauliflower crust yet? If so, what did you think?

 

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  • eatrunlivehappy August 29, 2013, 7:13 am

    I don’t care what anyone says, cookies always help make you feel better. Gelato is also amazingly therapeutic.
    I remember when I was going through my divorce I would clean EVERYTHING. That’s also when I started running. I had a regular stroller and made Braiden sit in the baggage area and scarlet was in the seat. It worked!

    • WordPress.com Support August 29, 2013, 12:13 pm

      Whatever works, right? I recall the days of putting my son in the stroller for my daily walk in my old hilly neighborhood – it became quite heavy as he got older, can only imagine pushing the two kids!

  • cleaneatingveggiegirl August 29, 2013, 11:36 am

    Cauliflower pizza crust is the best! I LOVE it!!!! :)

  • jumpeatrun August 29, 2013, 9:49 pm

    I totally stress bake – I find it extremely relaxing…just wish I had more ingredients around all of the time!
    I HAVE TO make that crust…I’ve been planning to for weeks and just haven’t made the effort yet….putting it on the plan for next week :)

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