Love pizza, but wish you could boost up your veggies intake without layering on more green peppers and mushrooms? Say hello to Pizza Pizza’s Cauliflower Crust Pizza.
On July 16, the Canadian pizza chain rolled out its new creation in restaurants nationwide. Dubbed as a healthier alternative to its classic wheat flour dough, the cauliflower crust is made out of cauliflower, pizza mix (which includes: corn starch, rice flour, potato starch, dextrose and vegetable fibers), yeast, extra virgin olive oil, brown cane sugar and sea salt, all of which are non-GMO.
In a recent press release, Pizza Pizza CEO Paul Goddard said that the new cauliflower crust pizza “will offer consumers the perfect healthier alternative they’ve been looking for in a pizza, without compromising on taste.” The special pizza is only available in medium size (12 inches) and the company claims every crust contains two servings of vegetables and has a similar texture to regular Pizza Pizza crust. OK, we’re intrigued.
So, what exactly can you put on a cauliflower crust? Well, you can make your own creation (starting at $12 plus toppings) or turn to Pizza Pizza’s two new, specially crafted recipes (starting at $16):
Cauli pesto, which has a pesto sauce base and is topped with mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, spinach and Italiano blend seasoning and cauli blanca, which has an olive oil base and is topped with mozzarella cheese, artichokes, grilled zucchini, roasted garlic, parmesan cheese and Italiano blend seasoning.
One slice of the cauli pesto rings in at 190 calories and has eight grams of fat and 340 milligrams of sodium. The cauli blanca also has 190 calories, but clocks 10 grams of fat and 360 milligrams of sodium per slice. According to Pizza Pizza’s press release, the crust is a source of fibre and iron, and is gluten-free and vegan.
Is this truly the healthier pizza alternative of our dreams? We’ll just have to wait and see.