Cauliflower Pizza


I have heard so much about cauliflower pizza but was always a little skeptical. The typical gist when it first became an internet sensation was that the crust wasn’t crunchy enough. So I waited … and I finally found a recipe that I decided I’d give a try.  I changed up the recipe just a tad because I used what I had on hand and seasoned it a bit more with what I liked.
For the most part I followed the general recipeexcept I used reduced fat parmesan and did my own blend of spices within the pizza crust.
The most tedious part of this pizza was cutting up the cauliflower and pulverizing it in the food processor. Then again, I have a little peanut of a food processor so I had to do small little handfuls at a time. But once that was done, it was easy-peasy. Cooking the cauliflower in the microwave and straining the water out of it was simple. Although I will say, trying to get little rice size bits of cauliflower off a white kitchen towel was an interesting feat.  The greatest part?
The ENTIRE crust alone was only 8 points plus values! If the serving is cut down into 2, half the crust is 4 points plus values. Quite a drop in stats considering the calories/Weight Watchers points plus associated with pizza crust!  Here’s how I doctored my crust up a bit:
Ingredients:
          ¼ cup reduced fat parmesan cheese
          ¼ cup shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
          1 egg, beaten
          1 small head uncooked cauliflower
          ½ tsp salt
          ½ tsp black pepper
          1 ½ tsp garlic powder
          1 tsp oregano
          ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
When the crust was done I decided to top the pizza with ½ cup Barilla traditional spaghetti sauce (because it’s what I had on hand), 1/3 cup Kraft fat free mozzarella, 6 slices of Hormel turkey pepperoni, a few slices onions and peppers and some banana pepper rings. I returned the pizza to the oven just for the cheese to melt and when done, I cut it up to serve.
After all the toppings my entire pizza was 11 points plus values! Quite a steal considering 1 slice of your average take-out pizza is 7 points plus values.
Final verdict? The pizza was quite good … the crust wasn’t as crispy and crunchy as regular pizza crust and you could definitely tell it was cauliflower but it wasn’t bad.  Would I make it again? Sure, thing.

DiGiorno Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

Ever since I tried the DiGiorno Pizzeria frozen pizzas my boyfriend and I have been obsessed with the line.  I did a mini review on the Supreme Speciale which is my favorite from the line that I’ve tried so far.  My boyfriend likes pepperoni pizza the best, so we’ve purchased a few of these (check the DiGiorno website for $2 off printable coupons).
Back in my “hay day” DiGiorno rising crust pizza was one of my favorite frozen pizzas.  That is, until I joined Weight Watchers and I found out 1/8th of a rising crust pizza was a serving and that serving was about 9 points at the time.  That was not worth it so for the longest time I straight up refused to purchase DiGiorno pizza.  I swayed over to thin crust pizzas, etc … that is until this delicious line hit grocery sore freezer shelves.
This is the first line of pizza that I had found that was what I consider points plus friendly, had a significant puffy crust, great tasting sauce and yummy toppings.  The top is a little greasy, but it’s what you’d expect with any pepperoni pizza.  The crust is lightly seasoned, which is out of the norm for frozen pizzas.  I also found the pepperoni pizza is child approved … we had a pizza “party” with my niece when she came over and she quite enjoyed it – so much that she had two slices!

The greatest part is 1/4th of the pizza is only 9 points plus values.  Quite a steal, if you ask me, especially since I am a die hard pizza lover.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the DiGiorno Pizzeria! pizzas?

FREE Papa John’s Pepperoni Thin Crust Pizza


Right before the Super Bowl Papa John’s sent an e-mail out allowing recipients to vote as to what would be called at the Super Bowl during the coin toss.  The choices were, of course, heads or tails.  The stipulation was if you picked the correct choice the day after the Super Bowl Papa John’s would e-mail you a unique promo code for a free large 1-topping pizza of your choice.  Those that choose the incorrect side of the coin were still awarded, I believe, a 50% off your order coupon code.
I picked heads and heads was called so I received my promo code as stated, the next day.  Later in the week my boyfriend and I didn’t have dinner plans and decided to just order a pizza from Papa John’s.  We got our staple pepperoni (the boyfriends choice, I’d be happy with cheese or banana pepper ring!) but I requested a thin crust pie this time (mainly to shave the calories and points associated with a slice off).
The thin crust pizza was pretty good.  I find on the short commute home from the pizzeria (about 7 minutes) Papa’s thin crust never really survives the colder temperatures out doors (even in a warm car).  The pizza was rather luke warm when we got it home – but nonetheless it was free and dinner was served!
Each slice was 7 points plus – of course the point value would increase slightly depending on the amount of pizza you consumed.  I had 2 slices and it was 15 Points Plus.
QUESTION:
Did you win a free pizza from Papa John’s during this promotion?
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BzzCampaign: Ristorante Pizza -> Spinaci & Speciale


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I was invited to take part in the BzzAgent Ristorante Pizza campaign.  I was surprised this came back out as a campaign since I was invited to take part in a Ristorante campaign earlier in the year.  I knew going into I that I enjoyed Ristorante pizza so I was going to get two different pies.  I picked up one with pepperoni  (Speciale) because that’s what my boyfriend eats and the other with spinach (Spinaci) because that’s just yummy on a pizza.
Ristorante pizza is advertised at being the #1 pizza in Italy.  The pizza itself is quite good.  It’s thin-crust pizza with a fair amount of cheese and toppings to evenly distribute over the whole pizza.  Sometimes when you get frozen pizzas there’s sparse ingredients over the top (like 5 pepperoni on the whole thing).  I do like the Ristorante brand because the pizza is not only thin crust (as I mentioned) but it’s very flavorful plus it cooks up in 11 minutes.
According to the Dr. Oetker website the Pizza Spinaci, is “a unique pizza layered with sun-ripened tomatoes, savoury leaf spinach, cheese and mozzarella, perfected by a hearty garlic sauce.  Being a garlic lover, you can definitely taste the hint of garlic in there – it’s not overpowering, but it plays off in the background.  It’s also slightly creamy in taste – this is probably one of my favorite frozen pizzas. I love it and I typically keep one in the freezer for myself.
Whereas for the Pizza Speciale, according to the Dr. Oetker website: “This unique thin crust pizza with Pepperoni and Cooked Ham make this pizza a culinary feast.  Edam, Mozzarella and spicy herbs add to the full flavor of this wonderful pizza.”  Granted, this is the only pizza sold by the brand that has pepperoni on it but it’s very flavorful.  The sauce is seasoned just right, the pepperoni has the right amount of spice and the ham gives it a new flavor.  Totally delicious!
I realize these pizzas may not be sold at all retail locations – but I happen to find these at a few of my local grocery stores.  They typically retail for $2.99 but you can sometimes get them for $2.50 or less if you have a coupon.  Some stores (like a pricier grocery store in my area) sells these for $4.99 each.