healthy pizza bites

we've kinda been bad about eating healthy around here. i guess we still eat healthy, but there have been a lot more sweets and things around the house with the holiday. i think it's funny my new years resolution was to eat healthier because it's around the same time all my un-healthy cravings  started. valentines day makes it difficult to resist the chocolates {i'm a sucker for sees candy} and eating out as well, but we agreed this week we are getting back on track.
i had some left over cauliflower from this weekend and wanted to try out a healthy recipe with it. i came across these pizza bites and gave it a go. i cut the recipe in half but forgot to half the amount of seasonings, so it was a little strong in that area.. silly me. they still turned out pretty good and i'll probably make them again for a party or something. the only thing i didn't like about this recipe was grating the cauliflower. talk about time consuming and tedious! other than that i found it to be a pretty simple and quick recipe. i found it here.

ingredients:
>> 2 Cups Grated Cauliflower (washed, dried and grated using a food processor or cheese grater by hand until rice-like or thinner – Note – Approximately one head of cauliflower)
>> 1/4 Cup Egg Whites
>> 1 Cup 1% Cottage Cheese (drained)
>> 1 Tsp Oregano
>> 2 Tsp Parsley
>> 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
>> 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (Optional)
>> 1-2 Tbsp Frank’s Hot Sauce (Optional)

directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 F.
  2. Using a healthy cooking oil spray your mini muffin tin.
  3. In a hot frying stir fry the “cauliflower rice” until the cauliflower is slightly translucent (about 6-8 minutes). Place in a bowl and let cool.
  4. Place all other ingredients the food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. In a bowl combine both the “cauliflower rice” and blended ingredients. Mix completely.
  6. Evenly spoon mixture into your muffin tin molds. Press pizza dough down evenly and firmly (*The pressing down firmly is very important to make sure these stick together).
  7. Place in your oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove the pizza bites from the oven and let set until cool (This is also very important – let these pizza bites set in their pan for 5 – 10 minutes before removing – If you take them out while they are too hot they will break).
  9. Once cool remove from muffin tin (either by tipping them out OR by running a thin knife down along the side and popping them out).
  10. Use organic, natural pizza or pasta sauce for dipping (or make your own sauce- Simple Marinara Sauce link).
  11. Enjoy!