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When you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, it can be very hard to give up your favorite junk foods.

Michelle Dunaway and Grace Derocha, a registered dietitian with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, show us how to make some better choices with a delicious Mexican pizza.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust – Mexican Pizza

Ingredients:

•        1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower – should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed

•        1/2 teaspoon dried basil

•        1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or Italian seasoning

•        1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove of garlic minced

•        optional a few shakes of crushed red pepper

•        1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

•        1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

•        1 egg

Instructions:

1.       Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit

2.       Wash and dry cauliflower. Cut off stems and use florets. Pulse the cauliflower florets in your food processor to "rice" the cauliflower. Do this for about 30 seconds until the cauliflower looks like rice. Place riced cauliflower in microwave safe bowl and place in microwave for about 2 minutes.

3.       Let cauliflower cool for a few moments. Then dump into clean dry kitchen towel and squeeze out the excess moisture. This will make sure that your pizza crust sets and doesn’t turn into a crumbly mess due to too much moisture.

4.       Mix all ingredients together. Using your hands works best.

5.       Spray your cookie sheet or pizza stone with cooking spray. Then mold your cauliflower pizza crust onto it. Think thin crust pizza and it should be about 10 inches in diameter.

6.       Bake your pizza crust in the oven for 8-12 minutes.

7.       Take out crust and let cool for a few minutes.

8.       Place your favorite Mexican pizza toppings on crust. Recommend placing enchilada sauce, refried beans, ground taco meat, Mexican cheese blend, black olives, tomatoes, and green onions. Place back in the oven to warm thru and melt cheese. Garnish with any of the following, avocado, plain Greek yogurt, and/or hot sauce. Serve hot. Enjoy!

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