Marvelous is that I am writing this post before I head to my first Crossfit Elements class. I am super excited but nervous, too. Ever since I was young I would get really anxious before doing anything new that scared me. Embarrassing quick back story- I was so terrified of going to middle school I got a tour from the principal over the summer before classes started. My anxiety has definitely lessened over the years (thank goodness), but I am still pretty nervous. How will I do? Will I constantly feel judged? Will I want to push myself beyond my limits to impress the coaches and members? Will I fall to the comparison trap thinking how I’ll never be like Susie-squats-like-a-beast?
When I get overwhelmed by this kind of anxiety I usually just turn off all my mental images of how the evening might play out (imagine- everyone laughs at me, I can’t complete any moves, I leave crying of shame, etc) and just go! Everyone will be new like me and these classes are designed to help me learn. I will have no expectation except to enjoy this new workout and hopefully make some new friends. (Confession: I secretly hope I’m not the last one in anything tonight).
Moving on- Marvelous is today’s new recipe! I decided I wanted pizza for Superbowl dinner but definitely wanted a healthy version that wouldn’t leave me with heartburn or a tummy ache. I had been wanting to make a cauliflower crust for a long time so I bought some cauliflower and went on an online hunt for an easy recipe. I am not a huge fan of cheese, so I found this recipe from the Detoxinista and left out the cheese. Instead, I added about ½ T of flax ‘egg’ in addition to the one egg in the recipe to help bind everything together. To my surprise it turned out fantastic!! I topped my pizza with some marinara and shredded chicken breast I cooked earlier. It was so good even the bf ate a whole piece!!
Cauliflower Pizza Crust- adapted from Detoxinista
- 1 small head cauliflower (a bit bigger than softball/grapefruit size)
- 1 egg
- 1 T ground flaxmeal
- Italian seasoning to taste
- S&P to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut and process the whole cauliflower in a food processor till it gets a ‘rice’ consistency. Add to 1 inch pot of water and bring to a boil. Boil/simmer until the cauliflower is just about fork tender (don’t want it too mushy!). Drain well and place on thin dishtowel. Let cool for a few minutes (my burnt fingers highly advise this!). While waiting to cool place some parchment paper on a baking sheet. Once cauliflower is cooled, wring out as much moisture as you can. In a separate bowl, whisk egg and seasonings. Add cauliflower and mix until well combined. Place mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Shape and mold into a circular pizza crust form (or any form that tickles your fancy) but don’t spread too thin! Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes until golden brown all around. Take out and add toppings and sauce as desired. Place back in a 400 degree oven for 5-10 minutes to let any toppings warm and/or cheese to melt. Slice and enjoy!!
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Rock on lovers 🙂
Question: Anyone else try cauliflower anything? Rice? Mash? Crust? So Far I’ve had all three and the crust is my favorite!