Recipe: Rainbow Veggie Pizza With Chickpea-Cauliflower Crust

Leave carb-guilt behind when you assemble this healthy pie
recipe rainbow veggie pizze with cauliflower crust

What if your guilty pleasure didn’t have to feel so guilty? That’s right — pizza that tastes just as delicious, but without the grease, high-carb content and high sodium. With its protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients, this pizza runs circles around the everyday variety. You’ll love the fantastic, gluten-free crust, topped with veggies, Parmesan and Italian herb toppings. Make it for dinner tonight and convert your pizza-loving family and friends to a new favorite.

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1/4 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
3/4 cup chickpea flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 zucchini, thinly sliced into rounds
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into rounds
1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced into rounds
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. In a food processor, pulse the cauliflower until very finely chopped. Measure 1/2 cup and put into a medium bowl.
  2. Add the chickpea flour and salt. Stir in 3/4 cup of water and let stand for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat the oven to 450° F. In a 9- or 10-inch ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Pour in the batter and let cook until the underside is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the crust and remove from the heat.
  5. Top with the zucchini, red bell pepper and yellow bell pepper, drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with the Parmesan.
  6. Bake until the vegetables are tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the oregano and red pepper flakes, slice and serve.

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes 2 servings

Calories: 340
Total fat: 18.5 g
Saturated fat: 3.5 g
Protein: 13.8 g
Carbohydrate: 32.4 g
Dietary fiber: 7.3 g
Sugar: 8.3 g
Added sugar: 0 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 356.5 mg

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—Recipe developed by Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness.

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