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Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

GF Recipes, Vegan

Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

13 Comments 24 February 2014

I’ve always wanted to try making a cauliflower crust pizza. Imagine my delight when my mom told me that she had a cauliflower crust recipe that she’s been wanting to try too! It wasn’t a vegan recipe, so we did a little research and decided to veganize it.

We riced 3 cups of cauliflower in the food processor. (I’m in love with my mom’s new Cuisinart Food Processor! It’s so quiet and smooth! Now if my old one would just die, maybe… I’ll have to start increasing my nut butter production.)

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We hand mixed the riced cauliflower with almond flour, flax eggs, fresh rosemary, and salt. Then we added the magic ingredient. To make a cheesier crust, we added a bit of Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese.

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We could have made one large pizza, but we split the batter into two dough balls and each made our own pizzas. This is half of the dough.

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It’s about the size of a small pizza. Make sure you use parchment paper on your baking sheet, because this crust will not be a doughy, hold-in-your-hand pizza crust. But don’t worry, it’s delicious and worth eating it with a fork.

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We cooked the crust for about 35 minutes and then added the toppings. I began by spreading Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese over the surface and topped it with pizza sauce, veggies, and olives.

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We baked it for a few more minutes until the toppings were hot. I was glad that we opted to make personal pizzas to eat with a fork. Slicing into traditional pizza slices might have made a mess of our gorgeous pizzas.

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This pizza is DELICIOUS! Definitely be prepared to eat it with a fork, and I promise that you won’t want to put that fork down. It may be because of the extra cheesy pizza crust. It may be that it was slathered in Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese. Regardless, this is an amazing pizza that is vegan and 100% grain free!

Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Adapted from Modest Wanderer

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. cauliflower, rice
  • ¾ c. almond flour
  • 1 T. rosemary
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ c. cashew cheese (I use Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese.)
  • 3 flax “eggs” (3 T. flaxmeal and 9 T. water)

Directions:

1. Make flax eggs by mixing 3 tablespoons of flaxmeal with 9 tablespoons of water. Set it aside while you are ricing the cauliflower.

2. Rice the cauliflower in the food processormaking sure to pulse until it looks like rice.

3. Scrape cauliflower rice into a large bowl and mix the rest of the ingredients in by hand, including the flax eggs. Roll into a dough ball.

4. Spread the dough ball on a parchment-lined baking sheet by hand until it’s about ½ inch thick into desired shape.

5. Bake the crust at 400 for 33-35 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Add desired toppings.

7. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes, or until toppings are cooked.

Makes 2 small pizzas or 1 large

Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever tried making cauliflower pizza?
  • What vegan cheese do you like on your pizza?

This recipe was shared with Vegan Monday Roundup, Allergy Free Wednesdays, and Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

Raw Foods Thursdays: 2/20/14

GF Recipes, Paleo, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Uncategorized, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 2/20/14

11 Comments 19 February 2014

Welcome to Raw Foods Thursdays! Last week we had all sorts of Valentine-inspired entries, and I wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss any of them. These passionate creations range from 100% raw to almost raw, and all of them look incredibly delicious. So take another look at these lovely treats and head to the following blogs for the recipes.

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And lest you think that I’ve gone off the deep end, or that I am currently stuck in a sweets coma, here’s a lovely sugar-free Tropical Dessert Smoothie by Erin Sift, Stir & Savour to get us back on track.

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This week I’m sharing my Raw Orange Carrot Bread. What do you have to share?

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Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.



Raw Foods Thursdays: 1/30/14

GF Recipes, Healthy Living, Paleo, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 1/30/14

16 Comments 29 January 2014

I am completely ready for this New Year’s Juicing Challenge to be over. I’ve been sailing along for the past three weeks, but this last week has been a bear. I went from exercising 4 days last week to not exercising at all this week and having headaches. I think my body is telling me that it’s time to be finished. Plus, I believe I’ve made every possible veggie/fruit juice combination imaginable, and quite frankly, I’m bored. I’m ready for food!

This is Day 28 of 30, and I do intend to finish, but I also intend to keep with my original guidelines. The most important guideline is to listen to my body. Right now I need more fuel. This week I started blending a banana into my morning fruit juice and a half avocado into my green juice, and that seems to be helping my energy level. I also foresee a raw blended soup in my immediate future instead of juicing the ingredients.

Enough about me. It’s Raw Foods Thursdays, and I would like to sink my teeth into every submission from last week. Please indulge me while I highlight a few submissions that crunch.

Imagine crunchy raw noodles drizzled in a mouthwatering sauce.

Green Mango Sauce over Raw Veggie Noodles by Mini of Quick’n'Healthy

Grabbing a handful of granola, not just any granola, but chocolate granola.

Paleo Dark Chocolate Granola with Berries by Tessa the Domestic Diva

Munching on peanut butter crackers with a unique twist.

Peanut Butter Carrot Crackers by Sandy of Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too

Noshing on these gorgeous spring rolls.

Fresh Cabbage and Herb Spring Rolls by Amber of The Tasty Alternative

With these creations to look forward to, the next three days are going to be long ones… See you on the other side!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

I’m sharing my Lucuma Almond Milk. What do you have to link up?


Paleo Giveaway #2 and 3

Book Review, GF Recipes, GF Resources

Paleo Giveaway #2 and 3

13 Comments 25 June 2013

I have 2 final Paleo giveaways for you today. Again, it might seem strange that I’m giving away Paleo books on a newly-proclaimed vegan site. But more than just vegans read Gluten-Free Cat. In fact, this site started when I was gluten-free junkitarian, so the blog has a wide range of readers as it’s changed with my eating.

This will be my last non-vegan giveaway.

The good people at Victory Belt Publishing sent two books for me to review and giveaway. I’ll be doing the giveaways a little differently this time. The first one will be a random selection using “And The Winner Is”. The second one…well, you’ll see.

The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley is perfect for someone who wants to know what the Paleo buzz is all about. Want to give it a chance for 30 days? This book covers the basics of the Paleo diet, provides meal plans and shopping lists to help you through the 30 days, and lays out 75 strict Paleo recipes.

This is a perfect Paleo handbook as it’s easy to read, the recipes are simple to follow, and there’s a gorgeous, full-page picture for every single recipe. The Hayley and Bill team have once again impressed me with their attention to detail, and their understanding of what Paleo newbies need to be successful is evident on every page. (If you aren’t familiar with their last fabulous book  Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining, see my review here.)

I’m doing the second giveaway a little differently. I’m choosing a winner based on my opinion only! Give me the best reason that you want the following book.

Primal Moms Look Good Naked by Peggy Emeh! I laughed so hard when I read the title. Not being a mother myself, never having experienced the miracle of pregnancy, I would do a poor job reviewing this book. But I know that there are some primal moms out there who would slay a dragon to get their hands on a copy! That’s why I had to offer this as a giveaway. Just glancing through the table of contents you can tell that this isn’t just a book about looking good naked (but I love that title).

Part 1: The Wisdom of Our Ancestors

Chapter 1 — What it Means to be Primal.
Chapter 2 — My story: PCOS, Celiac, and a New Beginning
Chapter 3 — Fertility, Conception, and Child Spacing
Chapter 4 — Eating for the Primal Pregnancy
Chapter 5 — The Importance of Diet on Baby’s Gene Expression
Chapter 6 — Exercise During and After Pregnancy

Part 2: The Collagen Collection

Chapter 7 — Stretch Marks
Chapter 8 — Cellulite
Chapter 9 — Varicose Veins and Hemorrhoids
Chapter 10 — Split Abdominal Muscles (Diastasis Recti)
Chapter 11 — Sagging Breasts and Vaginal Dryness
Chapter 12 — Foods and Supplements to Support Connective Tissue

Part 3: The Hormone Connection

Chapter 13 — Protruding, Sagging Belly
Chapter 14 — Weight Gain
Chapter 15 — Hair Loss, Hair Growth, and Your Skin
Chapter 16 — Depression
Chapter 17 — Strategies and Supplements for Hormone Balance

Would you like a copy of Primal Moms Look Good Naked? Just tell me why in the comments below, and I’ll choose my favorite answer.

You can leave up to 2 entries today by telling me which book you’d like to win and why, and by letting me know in a separate comment that you either shared the giveaway on Twitter (tagging @glutenfreecat) or “liked” Gluten-Free Cat’s Facebook page and shared the giveway with your Facebook friends. Makes sure that Gluten-Free Cat is tagged so that I can approve your comment.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older residing in the continental U.S.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
  • You are limited to 2 entries.
  • The giveaway begins Tuesday, June 25, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm central time on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking are based on the number of entries.  The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. Odds of winning Primal Moms Look Good Naked are based on my whim. The winners will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Can’t wait for the giveaway? You can order The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking and Primal Moms Look Good Naked right here through Amazon. I’ll even get a few pennies if you do!

Which book would you like to win and why?

GF Resources, Paleo

Paleo Giveaway Winner!

No Comments 16 June 2013

We have a winner! Last week’s Paleo Giveaway was Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley. And the winner is…

J’lene!

She won with this comment, “Our family has been on the paleo bandwagon for about 7 months now and I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes! I don’t eat much meat myself and love that you have a variety of options on your site!”

Thank you, J’lene, and I think that this is a perfect book for your family. I hope you’ll use it to nourish your beautiful, active family. J’lene writes the blog Get Nourished, which you should check out!

Didn’t win this time but still want the book? You can get yourself a copy of Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining right here through Amazon. A few cents will even be tossed back to help run Gluten-Free Cat and these giveaways.

I will have one more paleo giveaway next week. So come back and check it out!

Paleo Giveaway #1: Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining

Book Review, GF Recipes, Paleo

Paleo Giveaway #1: Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining

17 Comments 11 June 2013

Paleo friends, do I have a treat for you! After my recent announcement that this blog is going raw vegan, I hope that a few of you are still with me! I’ve actually found that Paleo and Vegan folks make good friends. In fact, I’m married to a paleo guy, so I ought to know. While I don’t eat his meat and he doesn’t eat my legumes, I can make meat for him, and he eats my raw vegan dishes as sides. For us, it works. In fact, I use several paleo books and blogs to find recipes that work for both of us.

But before I completely dedicate this blog to all things raw vegan I have 3 paleo giveaways for you.

Let me start with a book that many of you are salivating over. And for good reason. Paleos have been buzzing about Hayley Mason and Bill Staley’s Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining. And now I understand why. They have created a book that speaks to the soul. Regardless of how you eat, you will open this book and instantly want to create an event, a meal, a snippet in time where food is savored and memories are made.

Gather is organized by season and presents creative meal themes with flavorful menu plans and recipes that paleos typically only dream of. It begins with fresh springtime menus such as Casual Sunday Brunch and a more formal Easter Lunch and continues on to summer with A Night in Tuscany and A Taste of Cuba. Fall highlights include Harvest Dinner that ends with a Pumpkin Torte with Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel as well as a creative plan for a Thanksgiving Feast. The books concludes with winter celebration themes including birthdays, holidays, and a New Year’s Cocktail Party. Gather paints pictures of memorable moments the whole year through and makes them accessible to paleo diners.

This book is for those who desire to create special moments in their homes where friends and families gather. But it also provides inspiration and possibilities for paleo eaters who no longer eat grains. There are recipes for Pizza Margherita, Chocolate Chip Biscotti, Apple Pie with a Lattice Crust, and even a section called Takeout Fake-Out including a recipe for General Tso’s Chicken.

I’m giving this gorgeous hardback book away to one lucky reader.

All you have to do is make a comment below to enter. You can leave up to 2 entries today by answering 1 dish question and letting me know in a separate comment that you either shared the giveaway on Twitter (tagging @glutenfreecat) or “liked” Gluten-Free Cat’s Facebook page and shared the giveway with your Facebook friends. Makes sure that Gluten-Free Cat is tagged so that I can approve your comment.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older residing in the continental U.S.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
  • You are limited to 2 entries.
  • The giveaway begins Tuesday, June 11, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm central time on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Can’t wait for the giveaway? You can order Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining right here through Amazon. I’ll even get a few pennies if you do!

Readers, dish!

  • Why would you like to win Gather?
  • Are you a paleo eater?
  • Do you have different types of eaters in your home? How do you handle that?
Crazy for Kale!

Book Review, GF Recipes

Crazy for Kale!

7 Comments 17 April 2013

It’s no secret. I’m absolutely crazy for kale. I blend it into smoothies, chop it into salads, and dehydrate it into kale chips all the time. That’s why I’m so excited to have my hands on a copy of Hallie Klecker’s new ebook Crazy for Kale. Hallie, author of Daily Bites, creates delicious recipes that are clean, refreshing, and so good for you. And what could be better for you than kale?

I couldn’t be more excited to have 40 new gluten-free, dairy-free recipes that are packed with my favorite green! Of the 40 recipes, 33 are grain-free/paleo, and 31 are vegan or have vegan options. So this is a perfect cookbook for our family.

Here are just a few of Hallie’s kale recipes that I will be making soon:

  • Orange Greensicle Smoothie
  • Kale Salad with Goji Berries & Maple Roasted Almonds
  • Sweet Potato & Kale Balls
  • Lemon Sesame Kale Chips
  • Avocado Kale Slaw
  • Chocolate Buckwheat Brownies – Yes, there’s kale even in her desserts!

Check out what these kale experts had to say about Hallie’s book. Some of them even shared their own kale recipes:

Are you crazy for kale? You can grab your own copy of Crazy for Kale here.
Other Gluten-Free Cat kale dishes:

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried Hallie’s recipes?
  • Which recipe above sounds delicious to you?
  • What is your favorite way to eat kale?
Baked Dijon Dill Chicken with Mushrooms

GF Recipes, Paleo

Baked Dijon Dill Chicken with Mushrooms

15 Comments 07 January 2013

As you know from Paleo Week, I’ve been experimenting with cooking meat again. My memories of baked chicken are dry, dry, dry. So my goal when baking chicken is to find a way to make it as moist as possible. This Baked Dijon Dill Chicken with Mushrooms is a winner! Not only is the meat moist, but it is full of flavor.

It is delicious with a cup of Butternut Squash and Apple Soup created by a cookbook author that I will be sharing with you soon. But this chicken would be delicious with quinoa, brown rice, or sweet potato sides too.

The rich flavor comes from dijon mustard and mushrooms. You can use any kind of mushrooms you’d like, but the ones that look like they were actually hand-picked always seem to have the best flavor.

Baked Dijon Dill Chicken with Mushrooms

by Heather

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 c. mushrooms
  • 1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. fresh dill, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 c. dijon mustard
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 T. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Directions:

1. Clean chicken breasts and place them in a 9×13 glass baking dish.

2. Wash and slice mushrooms and place them in a small bowl.

3. Combine all other ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until combined to make the marinade.

4. Pour marinade into the bowl of mushrooms and toss to coat.

5. Pour mushroom and marinade mixture over the chicken breasts, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

6. Bake uncovered at 350 for 30-45 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts.

Serves 4-6

Readers, dish!

What’s your secret for moist baked chicken?

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Paleo Week and Grandma’s Apple Meatloaf

GF Recipes, Healthy Living

Paleo Week and Grandma’s Apple Meatloaf

4 Comments 05 December 2012

It’s Paleo Week at Gluten-Free Cat. I’ve been going back to the meat dishes of my childhood. My first jump back into time was to Spaghetti and Meatballs, but the spicy, paleo, gluten-free, raw foods-influenced kind. Ha!

Today I’m sharing a special family recipe. Grandma’s Meatloaf. The gluten-free version. This wasn’t any old dry meatloaf. (I choked down many of those in my younger years.) Grandma’s meatloaf was moist, tender, and tasted of sweet apples. The smell of it cooking sends me back to my dad’s kitchen with Kafka the Siamese cat peering down at me from his perch on the refrigerator and Star Trek playing on the little black and white tv that Dad rolled into the kitchen for my viewing pleasure.

Happy childhood memories visiting my dad.

This is a simple meatloaf that you can make in one large loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans. I like these from Williams Sonoma. (Yay for gift cards!) But these are far less expensive.

Grandma’s Apple Meatloaf

by Heather and Grandma

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/4 c. diced onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

3. Press meat into a loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans. Cover with foil. Place loaf pans on a jelly roll pan to catch the juices, and place the pan in the oven.

4. Bake for 1 hour, but remove the foil for the last 10-15 minutes to brown the top.

5. Serve with a side of Star Trek.

Serves 6-8

Readers, dish!

  • What is one of your favorite childhood meals?
  • Share a special food related memory.
  • Have you ever had moist meatloaf?
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A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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