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I’ve made my own version of healthy “supreme” pizza on Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza crust, and it has been a hit with family and friends.

This healthy “supreme” pizza on Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza crust is one of my fam’s new favorite weeknight meals. I’ve stocked up on several of the new and wonderfully convenient TJ’s frozen cauliflower pizza crusts and have devised a few tricks to doctoring these to taste as much like “dough” crust as possible.

If you don’t live near a TJ’s, you can make your own cauliflower pizza crust. Check out this recipe making a crust with cauliflower crumbles (readily available at Wal-Mart and several grocers). If you are near a TJ’s, definitely give this frozen crust a try; it is tons easier than making your own.

This pizza is SUPER easy to make, but it is a multi-tasking recipe. The crust takes roughly half an hour to bake (15ish minutes per side), which gives more than enough time to prepare toppings. Once the crust is topped, baking time is short~just until cheese melts and pizza is bubbly and golden.

Crust: The most important part of giving this crust the taste and texture closest to dough crust lies in getting it as crisp as possible. I’ve only used the oven method, and I’ve cooked both sides much longer than the box indicates. My friend Deb (who ate this pizza and loved it), said that putting the crust on a Big Green Egg might take it to crispy, smoked perfection. If she tries that, I’ll let you know how it turns out:-)

I’ve shared my “supreme” version in the recipe below, but this can be totally tweaked to preference. My pizza pantry just stays stocked with any or all of the following, and I add whatever is on hand.

Meats:

  • pepperoni (Boar’s Head regular and turkey are fab)
  • Canadian bacon
  • chicken sausage (fully cooked) in Italian sausage flavor or other
  • smoked sausage (Conecuh)
  • browned & seasoned ground beef
  • cooked chicken breast strips

Cheeses:

  • mozzarella (whole milk is my preference)
  • fresh parmesan (I keep the big container from Costco)
  • Gruyere (goes great with gourmet pizzas
  • Feta (Greek pizza)
  • blue cheese (buffalo chicken pizza)

Veggies & Toppings:

  • pizza sauce (Del Grosso is my fave; one jar is enough for several pizzas)
  • fresh peppers (all colors)
  • fresh onion
  • fresh mushrooms
  • black olives (jar or can)
  • pineapple chunks (for Hawaiian pizza)
  • artichoke hearts
  • fresh spinach leaves
  • sliced jalapeno peppers
  • canned dried parmesan (to top at the end if you prefer)
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

Below are some pics of how easy the process of creating a healthy “supreme” pizza using TJ’s frozen cauliflower crust:

Buy the crust….Season & bake…Saute veggies….Add sauce…Add veggies…. Top with cheese… Bake to perfection… Enjoy!

The options are endless for this fresher, healthier, yummy version of pizza, so please share if you create one of your own that turns out well. If you try this, I’d love to hear your thoughts. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

Ingredients

  • Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust (frozen)
  • olive oil spray
  • 2 TB extra virgin olive oil (to sautee pizza toppings)
  • Del Grosso pizza sauce (or your favorite)
  • shredded parmesan
  • onions, sliced and diced
  • peppers, sliced and diced,
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • black olives
  • hot Italian chicken sausage
  • pepperoni
  • Canadian bacon
  • spinach leaves
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic salt
  • red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. CRUST:
  2. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  3. Remove crust from box; spray with olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with small amount of parmesan and garlic salt.
  5. Line baking sheet with foil; place baking rack on top; spray with oil.
  6. Place crust on top of baking rack.
  7. Bake each side until lightly golden (longer than instructed on box).
  8. To get crisper crust, heat near broiler last few minutes.
  9. TOPPINGS:
  10. Chop or slice all toppings into uniform pieces.
  11. Saute sliced sausages first until slightly golden; remove from pan.
  12. Add all veggies; saute until softened but still crisp-tender.
  13. Season veggies; toss in all meats and stir until warm.
  14. When crust is done, remove from oven.
  15. Spread think layer of pizza sauce over crust (save remainder for future use).
  16. Sprinkle more parmesan atop sauce.
  17. Spread all toppings evenly over crust.
  18. Top with shredded mozzarella and seasonings to taste.
  19. Return to 475 degree oven; bake until cheese melted and bubbly.

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My name is Jessie, and I have been personally victimized by Trader Joe’s.

It actually hurts a little bit to write this. After all, I love Trader Joe’s. My freezer is filled with Trader Joe’s dinners, I swear by Trader Joe’s spices and snacks (don’t get me started on those Cat Cookies! They’re like crack!), and I will gladly try basically anything that Trader Joe’s makes: cookie butter, “jingle jangle” holiday snack mix, individually-portioned Brie cheeses.

So when I saw that they had started making cauliflower pizza crust, I was intrigued.

Exhibit A: The Benedict Arnold of Trader Joe’s products. Courtesy of Jessie Van Amburg

First things first: I do not typically get excited about low-carb or gluten-free foods. Like Oprah, I love bread.

But my boyfriend has been low-carb on and off for the last two years as part of his long-term weight-loss plan. He’s made really amazing progress—so I’ve adjusted what foods I make for us at home to be supportive of his diet.

So back to the cauliflower pizza crust. I saw it one day at Trader Joe’s, and figured I’d try it. He hadn’t had pizza in forever, and each serving of the cauliflower-based crust had only 80 calories and 10 grams of net carbs—not too shabby! I knew nothing could compare to legit pizza crust, but trusted TJ’s to make something that was almost as delicious.

All I wanted was a fun, delicious pizza night. What followed can really only be described as the Red Wedding of home cooking: total and utter betrayal.

The test

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Here’s what the crust actually looked like when I took it out of the package: just a thin white circle. A little disappointing, but again, it’s made out of vegetables.

The package said that you shouldn’t let it thaw—you should cook from frozen. So I worked quickly to add my toppings. Just some jarred, no-sugar-added pasta sauce, a TON of shredded mozzarella cheese, and some odds and ends I had in the fridge—leftover cooked meatballs, asparagus, and olives.

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That’s when things went horribly, horribly wrong.

Following the package directions, I had already pre-heated the oven and was ready to go. But then, this line tripped me up:

“Place in oven directly on oven rack or pizza pan and bake until cheese is golden on edges, 8-10 minutes.”

Well, I did not have a pizza pan, so, per the package directions, I placed my lil pizza directly onto my oven rack.

Exhibit B: The scene of the crime. Jessie Van Amburg

This was the decision that I will take with me to my deathbed. This was my Titanic.

Because, dear reader, that little f*cker straight-up stuck to the rack—and the center completely caved in.

It took me 10 minutes of lots of scraping and swearing (so much swearing) to remove the pizza from the oven. The battered mess that didn’t fall through to burn at the bottom of the oven was ultimately scraped onto a cooling rack to rest.

Exhibit C: The crime victim (besides me and my boyfriend). Jessie Van Amburg

Then, when we ate that pizza with the giant hole in it, IT WASN’T EVEN TOTALLY COOKED.

There was no bite to this pizza. No crunch. Just…cheese and veggies on top of weird, soft, lukewarm bread. This soggy mess had no business calling itself a pizza. I swore some more and ate approximately three to five Tate’s chocolate chip cookies to console myself.

“Ceci n’est pas un pizza!” —some famous French artist Jessie Van Amburg

What went wrong

I was completely and utterly shaken to my core. Did I misread the directions? Did I not have the oven on hot enough? What did I do?

But after a few hours of obsessive review, drawing on detective knowledge gleaned from Law and Order: SVU and Psych, I came to the conclusion that the fault was not mine. I had followed every direction to the letter. My oven was the proper temperature. The crust was still frozen when I put it in the oven.

Which could only mean one thing: Trader Joe’s had failed me.

The verdict

It’s been a few months since The Great Cauliflower Crust Disaster, and as you can tell, I clearly have not gotten over it at all.

I remain so scarred that I have since banned any cauliflower crust from passing through my lips (or dropping into my grocery cart) ever again. Saving a few carbs and some calories is not worth the grey hairs I have from that whole debacle.

Admittedly, none of this has stopped me from shopping at Trader Joe’s. I’m still a loyal customer—albeit one who glares at the cauliflower pizza crust whenever I see it in the freezer section.

That said, if you DO want to try it, try this tip I wish I had read first. Trader Joe’s recommends on their website cooking the crust FIRST—then adding toppings and putting it back in the oven. This probably helps firm up the crust so it doesn’t crumble under the weight of your toppings—and the double baking probably gives it more time to get crispy and firm. I don’t know why this didn’t make it to the instructions on the box, but here we are.

And please, whatever you do: Don’t put that pizza directly on your oven rack.

UPDATE: After sharing this story on Facebook, many friends responded with tales of similar disasters. But my friend Nicole was totally confused by my experience. “I love you, but I also love this crust,” she said. “Did you cook it first on both sides before you added your toppings?” Then she told me that the instructions on the back of her box looked like this:

Preheat oven to 450°F. Remove all packaging from crust and place upside down on a sheet pan. Bake 10-12 minutes, flip crust over and bake another 10-12 minutes. For a crisper crust, broil an additional 4-5 minutes or until browned. Top crust with desired toppings and broil another 4-5 minutes until browned and sauce is bubbling.

Has Trader Joe’s updated their instructions since I first purchased this pizza crust, or do some boxes have different instructions than others? Am I in a really bizarre reboot episode of Punk’d? Call Robert Mueller, I need to open an investigation into this strange and confusing situation.

Jessie Van Amburg Jessie Van Amburg is the senior associate editor at WomensHealthMag.com, where she handles beauty, food, and lifestyle coverage.

Keto Cauliflower Pizza Crust – Dairy Free

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If you have been following me on the FlavCity Instagram stories, Dessi has been on a quest to make the best low carb keto cauliflower pizza crust recipe that is dairy free. Well, we are happy to say the recipe is finally ready and it’s a gem! Unlike Trader Joe’s, our cauliflower pizza crust does not have any starch and has a crispy texture that helps make the perfect crust for pizza.

After you crush this recipe, take a peek at our keto Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits and low carb tater tot casserole.

How To Make Keto Cauliflower Pizza Crust?

There is no need to add cheese to a cauliflower crust recipe. You can easily make it dairy free while keeping it low carb. The most important part of the recipe is to use frozen cauliflower rice from the store. We get Trader Joe’s organic version. This is the only time I like to use frozen cauliflower rice. It’s always soft and watery, and that’s exactly what we what.

Place the cauliflower rice from two 12 ounce bags in the middle of a kitchen towels and flex those biceps to squeeze as much water out as possible. The more water you squeeze out, the crispier the crust will get when baked in the oven.

The reason why I don’t use frozen cauliflower when I make cauliflower rice is because it’s just to wet and mushy. But we can use this to our advantage when making keto pizza crust. Try this with fresh cauliflower rice and it’s almost impossible.

Low carb cauliflower pizza crust

What Temperature Do I Bake Cauliflower Pizza Crust At?

To dry the cauliflower rice out even more, spread it on a parchment paper lined sheet tray and bake it in a 425 degrees F oven for 25 minutes, stirring halfway. Once that is done, add the cauliflower rice to a large bowl with the egg, almond flour, flax seed meal, onion and garlic powder, oregano, basil, and salt. The almond flour and flax seed meal will bind the cauliflower rice together instead of using cheese.

This makes the cauliflower crust dairy free while also keeping it keto. The Trader Joe’s cauliflower crust is loaded with corn flour and starches making it a carb bomb, plus it does not even get crispy.

Mix the cauliflower rice well with the ingredients and place in-between two sheets of parchment paper and roll into a thin crust – about 10 inches in diameter. Use the back side of a knife or a bench scrapper to form the edges into a circle and make an edge so the toppings won’t spill out. Bake the cauliflower pizza crust for about 30 minutes on the parchment paper in the sheet tray until deep golden brown.

Now you can add some pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice and bake for another 7-10 minutes until the cheese is melted. Don’t go crazy with the toppings. The crust can’t support a lot of weight, so a fully loaded pizza is not a good option.

Low carb crispy cauliflower crust

What Type Of Cauliflower Rice To Use For Pizza Crust?

I highly recommended using frozen organic cauliflower rice from Trader Joe’s. You will need two 12 ounce packages, or 3 packed cups. Frozen cauliflower rice is optimal because it’s very easy to squeeze the moisture out of it. You can’t do that with fresh cauliflower rice. Squeezing the water out is how you make the cauliflower crust crispy.

Is There An Alternative To Keto Fat Head Pizza Dough?

While fat head dough is low carb, it’s loaded with cheese and that may be overload when you are making a pizza. You can easily make a dairy free pizza crust using cauliflower, egg, almond flour, and flax seed meal. The result is a thin, crispy pizza crust that is keto and dairy free.

Low carb cauliflower pizza crust

Do I Need A Pizza Stone To Make Cauliflower Pizza Crust?

There is no need to use a pizza stone when making cauliflower crust. Just use a metal sheet tray to bake the crust on. That being said, if you have a pizza stone, use it to bake the crust and the pizza once it has the toppings. It may make the crust a bit more crispy, but there is no need to buy one just for this recipe.

Make sure to check out or other keto comfort food recipes:

  • Fat bread recipe
  • Coconut shrimp with dipping sauce
  • Everything crackers
  • Chocolate & citrus biscotti

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

June 05, 2017 in Category: What’s New

There is no shortage of products available for the pizza appreciators shopping in our stores. For those who want to start from (almost) scratch, we offer ready-to-roll, fresh pizza dough in our refrigerated case. For those short on time, we have two frozen, top-and-bake options—one organic and one gluten-free—that will help get dinner on the table in minutes.

We felt our collection of crusts could be even better with inclusion of a vegetable-based version, namely, a cauliflower crust. So, our Product Innovator traveled to Italy in search of a cauliflower crust worthy of the Trader Joe’s name, and came back with Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust.

Italian tradition meets modern nutrition in this tale of pizza crust progression. Nutty, riced cauliflower and corn flour form the sturdy base of this gluten free Crust. Unlike others on the market that are held together with eggs or cheese (thus, high in calories), this Crust is held together with cornstarch, potato starch, olive oil and sea salt.

This simple grouping of ingredients has a much lower nutritional impact than your standard slice—one slice (1/6 of the Crust) has just 80 calories, 220 milligrams of sodium, and zero grams of fat. Cauliflower Pizza Crust, without the time-consuming prep, and just 80 calories per gluten free slice? Sign us up!

How to best enjoy this veggie-centric crust? The key is in the prep: bake it in a 450 degree oven without toppings, and once its crisped to your liking, add your desired toppings and broil for a few minutes more. And for breadsticks, simply crisp the plain Crust in the oven and slice into pieces for snacking or dipping.

We’re upholding the appreciable Trader Joe’s tradition of value by offering 10.6-ounce Cauliflower Pizza Crusts for $3.99 each, everyday. You can find them in our freezers.

NOTE: Since posting, the details of this item may have changed due to fluctuating market prices, federal regulations, currency rates, drought, pestilence, bandits, rush hour traffic, filibusters, clowns, zombie apocalypse, punctilious product developers… Contact our Crew for current price and availability.

CAULIFLOWER, CORN FLOUR, WATER, CORNSTARCH, POTATO STARCH, OLIVE OIL, SALT.
MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF MILK.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 450°F. Remove all packaging from crust and place upside down on a sheet pan. Bake 10-12 minutes, flip crust over and bake another 10-12 minutes. For a crisper crust, broil an additional 4-5 minutes or until browned. Top crust with desired toppings and broil another 4-5 minutes until browned and sauce is bubbling.
ALTERNATE COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Place crust in pan and brown 5-6 minutes per side. Top as desired and broil in oven 4-5 minutes, until topping is bubbly and browned.

The truth about Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza crust

Whether it’s a debate over thin vs. thick crust or using a knife and fork compared to picking it up with your hands, people tend to have strong opinions when it comes to pizza. The Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza crust is no different.

Would you be surprised to learn that some reviews raved about it while others basically said it was a crime against pizza? Because that’s exactly the case here. Pop Sugar said it was “the best thing to happen to dinner,” and Allrecipes had similar feelings for it. On the other end of the spectrum are Women’s Health who called it “trash” and Real Simple who said that “no amount of cheese can save it.” Buuurrrn.

On the plus side, it does have fewer calories than other grocery store pizza crusts. A full Trader Joe’s cauliflower crust only has 480 calories and 1,320 milligrams of sodium while a 12-inch store brand Boboli crust has 850 calories and 1,700 milligrams of sodium.

There are a number of cauliflower pizza crusts out on the market, so if you’re not feeling Trader Joe’s (or don’t have one nearby), you can always try a different one.

Trader Joe’s healthy and easy cauliflower crust pizza makes a great week night meal. This pizza is loaded with pesto, cherry tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella cheese. It’s the best crispy gluten-free pizza ever.

If you missed my instagram story last week, let me fill you in on a little dinner mishap. Last Tuesday (my late night at work), I put dinner in the crockpot before leaving. My husband was out for the night, so I was looking forward to not cooking. Bu low and behold, I came home to a cold and OFF crockpot. A little, busy-bee toddler (I won’t mention names) decided to turn it off before leaving for daycare in the morning! My raw meat sat out for over 10 hours. YUCK! So scrap that idea.

Trader Joe’s cauliflower crust pizza to the rescue. I picked up the cauliflower pizza a couple weeks ago and was waiting for a good night to use it. Thank goodness! I followed the directions on the box for cooking: 12 minutes one side, flip, 12 minutes the other side. I did broil it for an even crispier crust, but found I only need to broil it for 2 minutes instead of the recommended 4-5 minutes, so just make sure to watch yours.

I topped mine with pesto, sautéed cherry tomatoes, lots of shredded mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. Easy peasy!

Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Crust Pizza Prep time 5 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 30 mins Trader Joe’s healthy and easy cauliflower crust pizza makes a great week night meal. This pizza is loaded with pesto, cherry tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella cheese. It’s the best crispy gluten-free pizza ever. Author: Meg’s Meal Planning Recipe type: Dinner Cuisine: Italian Serves: 1 Ingredients

  • 1 Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza crust
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 4 tbsp pesto
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Handful fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook pizza crust according to package directions. I recommend broiling for a crispy crust.
  2. Meanwhile sauté cherry tomatoes in a pan until starting to burst, about 5 minutes.
  3. After baking and broiling the pain crust plain, remove from oven.
  4. Layer on pesto, cherry tomatoes, and cheese. Broil for another 2-4 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle on fresh basil.

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The cauliflower craze: you either love it or hate it. While this fad has been going on for quite some time now, it still has momentum. Trader Joe’s is one of the dominating brands in this cauliflower trade—they have modified classic dishes to include this veggie and have also invented new, unique dishes. But which TJ’s cauli products are worth your hard-earned cash? Here is an unofficial ranking of Trader Joe’s cauliflower products.

10. Rainbow Cauliflower

This frozen, organic cauliflower is guaranteed to bring some color to your meal. While this is simply a variety of different types of cauliflower (green, orange, purple, and white), it’s more fun than your eating just traditional white cauliflower.

Spoon Tip: Sauté the frozen florets in olive oil, garlic, and herbs for a fast and tasty side dish.

9. Riced Cauliflower

This item may not be that exciting either, but it truly is so versatile. Besides being used as a rice replacement, it’s been sweeping the food Instagram world and been incorporated into dishes such as smoothies, bread replacements, salads, casseroles, and even oatmeal. Without the hassle of ricing a head of cauliflower yourself, this item gives you ultimate kitchen freedom! It is available in both frozen and refrigerated options.

8. Grilled Cauliflower

Yet another product from the frozen aisle. While this may seem like an unexciting product, it is unique and tasty. The veggie is pre-grilled before packaging which gives it a deeper flavor than plain old frozen cauliflower. If you want a super quick, no hassle, yet not bland veggie side dish, take yourself to TJ’s and grab some ASAP.

7. Mashed Cauliflower

A frozen bag of mashed cauliflower: it sounds like it doesn’t work, but it does. The bag is filled with medallions of pre-cooked and mashed cauliflower, milk, butter, and spices. All you have to do is heat it up on the stove or in the microwave according to the instructions on the bag. It needs some extra spices, but it’s a great option for having this dish without going through the full process yourself.

6. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

It’s become very common for people to try their hand at making cauliflower crusts themselves, but with that comes the effort and risk of not succeeding. With this pre-made, frozen crust, you cut your time, effort, and risk factor down considerably. It does still have corn flour in the ingredients, but it helps give you some extra veggies in your day. This crust serves as a blank canvas for any pizza creation your heart desires—my personal favorite creation is a baked potato pizza, complete with cheddar cheese, bacon, ranch, and potato medallions.

5. Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry

Corn, peas, spring onion, red peppers, and cauliflower make up the base of this product, and it’s enhanced by sesame oil, tamari, and ginger to create a perfect base for any stirfry dish. Add your favorite protein to make it a complete meal! Feeling spicy? Add Thai curry paste and coconut milk for some heat. Craving teriyaki from your favorite takeout join? Add some extra spices, veggies, and teriyaki sauce. The options are endless!

4. Cauliflower Pancakes

This is a brand new offering at TJ’s—it puts a spin on traditional latkes (potato pancakes). Other than cauliflower, these include leeks, Parmesan cheese, and some flours and starch to hold it all together. They are lightly fried in sunflower oil, giving the patties a crisp exterior. Serve these with applesauce and sour cream or other toppings as you would with latkes, or pair with your morning eggs and bacon instead of hashbrowns.

3. Riced Cauliflower Stuffing

This seasonal offering combines sweet and tart cranberries, savory leeks, carrots, and celery with riced cauliflower to make a unique, delectable dish. While nothing could ever replace carb-loaded, classic homemade stuffing, this item is perfect to have waiting in your freezer when you’re craving those Thanksgiving flavors out of season.

2. Riced Cauliflower Bowl

A newer addition to the expansive frozen section at TJ’s, this bowl combines many nutrient-dense foods for a complete meal that is easy, quick, and balanced. How many frozen foods can say that? There’s spice, sweetness, zest, and creaminess all packed together with a variety of textures. Get this delicious veggie-packed meal for only $2.99. P.S.: it’s vegan!

1. Cauliflower Gnocchi

This is my favorite cauliflower-based product, hands down. It’s taken over the food Instagram community, loved by foodies and families everywhere. It’s plant-based, gluten-free, vegan, and gives you extra veggies while feeling like you’re eating pasta. It pairs well with Trader Joe’s vegan kale cashew basil pesto, as well as some marinara sauce, or a simple toss in olive oil and garlic. The best way to prepare this is not what the bag’s instructions say—the best method is sauteeing in olive oil or ghee.

From simple versions of the veggie to unique, complex dishes, Trader Joe’s has everything and anything for the cauliflower lover. These products are a great way to increase your veggie intake without it feeling like a chore. Head on over to your nearest TJ’s and pick up some of these to join in the cauli craze!

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