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Thai Chickpea Pizza on a Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crust

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So, I teased you with this picture five days ago, and I had originally planned on posting the recipe in a week or so.  However, so many of you were so excited for the recipe that I caved and decided to post it early.  I have to give the people what they want, and they want some Thai Chickpea Pizza on a delicious Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crust! 😉  If you are not excited for this recipe…well, you should be.  It is by far one of my favorite recipes that I have shared with you, to date!

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Thai Chickpea Pizza on a Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crust

Servings: 2-3


For the Crust:

Adapted from this recipe and Tina’s recipe.

1 medium baked sweet potato, mashed
1 cup of riced cauliflower (click here for directions)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg, beaten
1 egg white, beaten
1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 TB whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp ground oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon

For the Toppings:

water, for cooking
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 bunch green onions, sliced (2-3 TB reserved)
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (I used about 3/4 of the can)
1 cup peanut sauce, divided*
half carrot, shredded

*You can make your own peanut sauce, but I went the easy route and purchased a bottled peanut sauce from Whole Foods:

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1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Prepare pizza pan.  I used a pizza crisper (with holes) and sprayed it lightly with EVOO cooking spray.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the pizza crust.  Mix until well-combined.

3. Scoop the crust mixture onto the pizza pan and spread it evenly into the shape of a pizza crust.  Bake the crust for 25-30 minutes, or until it is crispy and golden brown.  My crust baked for approximately 27 minutes.

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4. While the crust is baking, line a medium saute pan with a thin layer of water.  Heat the water over medium-high heat until very hot.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium and add red onions, green onions (reserve 2-3 TB for topping), garlic, and red peppers.  Cook for approximately 6-8 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened.  Add additional water, as necessary, to prevent sticking.

5. Add chickpeas and 1/2 cup of peanut sauce to the onion, garlic, and pepper mixture.  Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for approximately 5 minutes, or until the chickpeas are heated through.

6. Top cooked pizza crust with remaining 1/2 cup of peanut sauce.  Top with chickpea and vegetable mixture.  Bake for approximately 5-7 minutes.

7. Top cooked pizza with shredded carrots and green onions.

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I am telling you guys…this pizza is GOOD!

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I am a huge fan of cauliflower pizza crusts and the addition of sweet potato to this crust compliments the sweetness of the peanut sauce so well.  Many Thai pizzas are made with chicken, but utilizing chickpeas to make a vegetarian Thai pizza worked wonderfully.  The textures and flavors in this pizza really worked!

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Just look at the crispness of that crust!  Trust me when I say that it tastes just as good as it looks…or maybe better! 😉

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Now stop drooling over these pictures (like I am), and go make this tasty pizza pie!

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  • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes February 25, 2013, 7:20 pm
    OMG that looks AMAZING!!!! Must try
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 25, 2013, 7:32 pm
    Yes, I AM drooling. That looks and sounds incredible!
  • health advocation February 25, 2013, 7:40 pm
    sweet potatoes and thai chickpea! that's such a creative twist, i love it! I will definitely have to bookmark or pin this on pinterest :)
  • Alex @ therunwithin February 25, 2013, 7:50 pm
    now this is blowing my mind, need to try this gem!
  • moderngirlnutrition February 25, 2013, 7:54 pm
    Could this get any healthier? Great job!:)
  • nicola @ Love Yourself Nutrition February 25, 2013, 8:48 pm
    i cant wait to try this!!!!
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies February 25, 2013, 8:57 pm
    So excited for this! Glad you caved and posted early. Definitely going on my next meal plan :)
  • jessielovestorun February 25, 2013, 8:57 pm
    I would NEVER of thought to add chickpeas to pizza. PURE GENIUS! I cannot wait to try this one out :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 25, 2013, 9:54 pm
      Chickpeas are definitely my "go to" whenever I am replacing chicken in a meal. They are awesome!
  • bananasforyogaandyogurt February 25, 2013, 9:28 pm
    It's here!!!! Thank you posting! This belongs in a store ASAP! :)
  • kaityscooking February 26, 2013, 4:54 am
    ahh i have been waiting for this recipe! thank youuuuu!! and that peanutsauce for whole foods is a fav of mine!
  • quartercenturysouthernliving February 26, 2013, 7:17 am
    I love peanut sauce on just about anything, so I am excited to try this! Thanks for sharing another one of your amazing recipes! :)
  • Alaine @ My GF & DF Living February 26, 2013, 9:30 am
    I love this idea! So unique! I need to try this.
  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan February 26, 2013, 10:36 am
    Isn't it great when everything turns out just the way you want it! This is such a unique combination of flavors; I applaud you for being so creative!
  • Brittany February 26, 2013, 11:42 am
    OH MY GOSH!! That crust...those toppings! YUM!!!!!! The peanut sauce I just posted would be SO good on this too!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 26, 2013, 4:39 pm
      It SO would! I will have to try it the next time that I make this...because you can bet that I definitely will be making this again!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine February 26, 2013, 12:48 pm
    This looks AMAZING!!!! I've been wanting to try a cauliflower crust and I love that you've incorporated sweet potatos as well. Going on the meal plan for next week :)
  • Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) February 26, 2013, 12:54 pm
    Oh my goodness, this is amazing! Thai Pizza is one of my favorites. I really need to try making a cauliflower crust one of these days...
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 26, 2013, 4:40 pm
      You REALLY should. I waited forever to try it and after I made it for the first time I was so sad that I had waited so long!
  • Erin February 26, 2013, 12:57 pm
    I have got to try that crust!
  • Em @ Love A Latte February 26, 2013, 1:26 pm
    Oh how I loveee peanut sauce…caught my eye with that picture on your page! Especially great with rice noodles, broccoli, and tofu!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 26, 2013, 4:40 pm
      Peanut sauce is fantastic. Anything to do with peanuts is pretty much a winner in my book ;).
  • Rach @ This Italian Family February 26, 2013, 1:41 pm
    I've never tried Thai pizza, but the flavors in this sound great!
  • Nicole February 26, 2013, 2:23 pm
    This looks amazing! Some of my favorite flavor combinations!
  • Brennan @ Yum Run February 26, 2013, 3:15 pm
    I love the Whole Foods sauces. I've had their Sesame Ginger salad dressing and it is ah-mazing. They are so good at making the flavors really robust.
  • The Discrete Blogger February 26, 2013, 8:31 pm
    Very, very interesting..especially the topping as I find it hard to get much protein on pizza toppings. Any ideas for a substitute for egg in the crust? Just the thought of egg in a pizza crust puts me right off of it! BTW, am doing a Vegetable Seed giveaway on my blog at http://thediscreteblogger.wordpress.com so do pop over and take a peek! Post a comment to be in the drawing!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 26, 2013, 9:39 pm
      You could probably try to use a “flax egg” (I would google it because I have never actually cooked with it), which is often used in place of eggs in vegan recipes.
  • Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board February 26, 2013, 9:47 pm
    I don't know if I love the idea of the Thai chickpea combination or the sweet potato cauliflower crust more - both sound so good and combined they must make for an amazing pizza, and so healthy too!
  • Elizabeth February 26, 2013, 11:56 pm
    I need to try this cauliflower pizza crust! I've been hearing about it but have still not gotten around to trying it.
  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity February 27, 2013, 11:04 am
    I really need to try making a veggie pizza crust. that looks awesome!
  • cleanfoodcreativefitness February 27, 2013, 12:10 pm
    This crust looks amazing! Love the combo of cauliflower and sweet potato! Thanks for sharing it with me!
  • taramdeal February 27, 2013, 7:03 pm
    I love Thai flavors and I love a cauliflower crust :) Sounds tasty!!
  • Amy Jo - Pure and Simple February 28, 2013, 7:10 am
    I am a sweet potato LOVER so this crust is perfect. I love all the spices you used for flavor.
  • jd January 18, 2016, 1:50 pm
    Have you considered getting tested for a gluten allergy? Chronic pain, GERD and muscle pain could be symptoms of it...
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 19, 2016, 7:14 am
      I have been tested (negative) and actually have been eating GF for almost a year now. Unfortunately I don't think that is the trigger for me... or at least not the only one if it is :(

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