Football season has officially started, which means I have basically zero say when Sunday rolls around and I want to do "family activities." The idea of watching football ALL day long is not super appealing to me but I do love making yummy snacks and meals for the football watching crew that gathers here. Ever since I made this cauliflower pizza crust (which I am obsessed with) I have been wanting to test out other veggies that could possibly do the same thing. I decided to try that simple recipe with the base as spaghetti squash. I made a few tweaks to make things stick together and holy freaking cow this was good!
This recipe does have cheese and yes I am a Paleo traitor but some recipes just need cheese and this is one of them. I have recently started adding a little bit of cheese back into my diet and so far so good. I miss cheese and I don't necessarily like being in a Paleo only box for the rest of my life. So if you are completely dairy free I have no idea what you could sub but you are more than welcome to experiment and let me know how that goes :)
What you will need:
- 2 1/2 cups of spaghetti squash (about 1 small spaghetti squash)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp of garlic salt
- 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup of flax meal
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Cook you spaghetti squash however you prefer.
- Once your spaghetti squash is cooked use a fork to pull out all the spaghetti strings. Place the spaghetti strings in between paper towels and squeeze out AS MUCH excess liquid as you can. This is very important if you do not want a mushy pizza crust.
- Combine the spaghetti squash and all the other ingredients listed above. Use your hands to really blend everything together.
- Line a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper and evenly spread your mixture on it. Make sure you keep the dough pressed together firmly as you spread.
- Bake your pizza crust for 25- 30 minutes or until you notice the edges starting to brown. At the end of the 30 minutes carefully flip your crust and continue to bake for additional 25-30 minutes until pizza is no longer mushy and fully baked through. *
- Take your crust out and spread on pizza sauce and whatever toppings you love. Place it back it the oven for a few more minutes to let everything melt and get all bubbly.
This was fully approved by the football watching men both big and small. It's crispy, delicious and a perfect way to sneak in a healthier version of a hearty classic.
* This entire pizza crust has only 20.6 grams of effective carbohydrate! That is some pretty awesome news considering one slice of regular pizza has about 27 grams of carbs.
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