Spinach pizza crust – say whaaaaa?!

Nothing screams Meatless Monday like spinach pizza crust! I know what you’re thinking, I’m crazy, but hear me out.  Pizza was my go-to junk food back in my “unhealthy” days and it’s been hard giving up that oh-so-good dough. But you know what? It was really good! You all know we can hide the taste of spinach in smoothies and pasta sauce so why not pizza??

If you haven’t read my previous post about cauliflower pizza crust, well quite frankly, you’re missing out – check it out here. I had been raving about cauliflower pizza crust for a while now and in my Internet travels I stumbled across spinach pizza crust! Well, I had to try it out. I got the recipe from this website and subbed in Daiya shreds (non-dairy cheese) for mozzarella – that may have been my downfall, as with the cauliflower pizza crust – which also calls for the same amount of cheese – I find the dairy-free cheese to be too gooey for these recipes. Although it does taste really good, it just does not stick together well. It is definitely a knife-and-fork-eatin’-pizza. So, which do I think is better?? Well, you’re going to have to scroll down to see…pizza4

Spinach Crust Pizza

Makes 4 slices – 2 BIG servings

THE CRUST
2 cups packed fresh spinach (not frozen)
1 cup Daiya or mozzarella cheese
1 egg
Spices – garlic powder, onion salt, pepper, whatever you like!

Preheat your oven to 425F. Using a hand blender or food processor, pulse the spinach, add the egg, pulse again, add the spices and cheese and pulse until just combined.

Lay parchment paper on a baking sheet or pizza pan – this step is mandatory!! It will stick to your pan if you do not use parchment paper, don’t say I didn’t warn you!  Spread the spinach mixture on the pan. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.pizza3

Add pizza sauce and your favourite toppings. I used kalamata olives, red and green peppers, red onion, spinach, and goat cheese to top mine – yumm!

Put back in the oven for about 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted.pizza

So, which is better – spinach or cauliflower crust?? They both taste amazing and fulfill my pizza cravings. The spinach one fell apart more (as you can see above it is quite soft in the centre; next time I think I will cook the crust a bit longer) but it took less time to make – just blend and bake. The cauliflower crust takes a bit more time but holds together better. Again, it could be the fact that I am using dairy-free cheese. Either way, they are both delicious, but I am leaning more towards the cauliflower crust.  However, I will make the spinach one when I am pressed for time 🙂

Half the pizza with the toppings was only 327 calories. Since your toppings may vary, I will post the nutritional info for the crust only.

Nutritional Info for half of the pizza crust:
200 Calories, 14g Carbs, 13g Fat, 6g Protein, 0g Sugar, 426mg Sodium

5 Comments

  • Laura April 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Oh man, what are you doing to me! The only people in my carb-loving family who will love ME for this are my mom and my husband hahaha. Your pizza post has once again intrigued me and I am excited to try this 🙂 I’m relieved this one requires no grating-of-the-veggie. As much as I love that cauliflower pizza, it is a MESS to grate the cauliflower. At least for me. Pieces were FLYING around and driving my kitten nuts.

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    • thehappyhealthfreak April 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Ahaha! Yes, that happens to me too! I have a dog who is constantly at my feet while cooking, aka my vacuum. The spinach one is DEFINITELY faster and easier to make…but mine was really soft in the centre 🙁 It was still yummy and I devoured every last bite, but I would maybe cook it longer…and I’m interested to know if regular mozza makes a difference!

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      • Laura April 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

        Well this is on my list of goodies to make, so I shall let you know 🙂 Might not be the cheese…the second time I made the cauliflower pizza I was playing with the timing more and left it in the oven longer. Then I was actually able to hold it in my hand like a normal slice of pizza. So long as it doesn’t burn, I say leave it in longer!

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