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Pear Butter, Goat Cheese & Arugula Pizza

Serves: 1

Happy Thursday! I am really excited today because it is the 21st of the month and that means it is time to share this months Recipe Redux challenge recipe! For those of you who aren’t familiar with this group, it is the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians. The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. It was founded by 3 amazing dietitians with a belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. And let me tell you, I totally agree! The amazing bloggers who participate in this have come up with so many delicious, yet healthy recipes! If you haven’t been to the Recipe ReDux site yet, definitely pop over and check it out! Plus you can check out the other recipes from this month below!!

This months challenge, in honor of the Oscars on February 24th, was to create a healthy recipe inspired by our favorite movie scene or featured dish. How fun is that?! Julia Roberts is my favorite actress, so I immediately thought of my favorite movie, Steel Magnolias. I was on the phone with my sister at the time and told her about the challenge and she suggested I make the ‘armadilla’ cake (have you seen the movie? ;))!! haha There was no way! I was making an ‘armadilla’ cake! A few minutes later the boyfriend called and I told him about the challenge. Within 2 seconds he said, “Why don’t you do Eat Pray Love? They eat all that Italian food like pasta and pizza!” BINGO!! That was it! He had found the perfect movie that I LOVE! (Not to mention that he is almost a full blood Italian who thinks about pasta no less than 20x a day! ;)) For those of you wondering, he did go see that movie with me when it came out! Isn’t he the best?! 🙂 But he was right, the food in this movie was 100% drool worthy!!

Just a few days prior to seeing this months challenge I had posted a picture of this pizza on instagram. I had planned on sharing the recipe a few days later since I had so many requests for it on IG, but once I read this month’s challenge, I knew I wanted to save it for today! So, for those of you who have been waiting for this, I am sorry, but it has finally arrived! 🙂

This pizza is just as delicious as any regular pizza, except it is much healthier!! You can enjoy this any night of the week and not feel stuffed after eating the entire pie! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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Fit Ingredients

Cauliflower Crust

  • 2 1/2 c* (240g) cauliflower, riced  (*2 1/2c cauliflower before you rice it)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tbs (7g) flax meal
  • seasonings of choice (I used 1 tbs Italian seasoning)


  • 2 tbs (34g) pear butter
  • 1 oz (28g) low sodium goat cheese
  • small handful of arugula


  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • non stick spray/olive oil



1. Pre heat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. Spray your parchment paper with non stick spray (or coat with olive oil)

4. In a bowl combine your riced cauliflower, 2 large egg whites, flax and seasoning.

5. Spread your mixture on the parchment paper in desired pizza shape.

6. Bake for about 35 minutes or until edges are golden and the center is firm.

7. Take the crust out and spread your pear butter on top.

8. Sprinkle your goat cheese on top of the pear butter.

9. Return the crust to the oven and bake for ~ 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

10. Remove from the oven and top with fresh arugula.

11. Serve!

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The crust will be slightly less firm than a regular pizza crust, however you will still be able to hold it and eat it like a regular slice! 🙂 The pear butter and goat cheese create an amazing sweet and savory combination that is enhanced by the peppery taste of the arugula! It really doesn’t get any better than healthy pizza, does it?! 🙂 I have made this recipe quite a few times and seem to love it more and more every time!! 😉

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Nutrition: (for the entire recipe)

Calories: 255.9, Protein: 18.6g, Carbs: 30.6g, Fat: 7.8g (4g Saturated), Sodium: 224mg, Fiber: 8g** (Net Carbs: 22.6g)

**8g of Fiber?! ANOTHER score on the fiber charts! 🙂


*Will you be watching the Oscars?

*Do you have a favorite movie up for a nomination?

*Do you have a favorite snack/meal to eat during the Oscars (or any big TV event)?



  • Jacqueline
    What is riced cauliflower ?? Just plain uncooked cauliflower or cooked? ;) Thanks!
    February 21, 2013
  • Jacqueline
    Oh and flax meal or flax seeds? ;)
    February 21, 2013
  • I love making cauliflower crust! Instead of flax, I use nutritional yeast. I'll have to try your method! And anything with goat cheese is already a winner! :)
    February 21, 2013
  • Ahh, Steel Magnolias is an amazing movie (I'd beyond impressed if anyone could recreate that armadillo cake!) But you can't go wrong with Italian themed movie (I'm biased of course.) Intrigued by the cauliflower crust & love the pear butter. I did a fig butter once for pizza - your pear, goat cheese & arugula combine sound divine.
    February 21, 2013
  • How cute is this post with all that input!!!! LOVE the recipe!!! Very creative! I eat the same no matter what I am watching! ;) I will watch but I have not seen hardly any movies lately so... :)
    February 21, 2013
  • looks delicious! we love our arugula!!! so good!
    February 21, 2013
  • Okay, THANK YOU for sharing a cauliflower crust recipe that isn't loaded with cheese. This one looks like it came out nice and crispy. I had a hard time deciding which movie to feature in my ReDux post, too!
    February 21, 2013
  • Your sister
    Although the armadilla cake would've been more entertaining, this looks super delicious!! Do you deliver? I'd like to order one with an altnernate cheese (since we know goats are not my fav)! Xoxox. Keep up the good eats sista love!
    February 21, 2013
  • What is 240g = too? And is there another substitute I could use for flax meal? THANKS and cannot wait to make this. YUMMY! XOXO
    February 21, 2013
  • Kathy
    What great timing! I just went to the store in " Amish Country" and bought pear butter. Went to my computer to check on my mail and to my surprise....a recipe with pear butter and it looks always.
    February 21, 2013
  • Julia Roberts is my fave too--only I love "My Best Friend's Wedding" and have never seen STeel Magnolias. This recipe looks delicious--I wanna make the crust and top it with other fun things. Thanks for sharing.
    February 21, 2013
  • Pear butter and goat cheese? Ohhh, I want some! And can you believe I haven't seen Julie & Julia? I feel like a foodie failure ;) And please tell me an armadilla cake involves, well, armadillo. Because now I totally want a healthified version of that, haha.
    February 22, 2013
  • So glad you skipped the "armadilla" cake! I can't get past thinking about them as the only animals besides humans that can contract leprosy; not exactly appetizing. Your pizza, on the other hand, looks very tasty!
    February 22, 2013
  • This looks and sounds delicious! I loveee sweet + savory :) And I've been meaning to try cauliflower crust - love the idea of adding flax!
    February 22, 2013
  • We are favorite movie and actress twins. Steel Magnolias has been my favorite movie since the tender age of 6. The hardest part about the armadilla cake would be making the gray icing ;) Maybe that can be a recipe ReDux for another day! That movie has so many quotable lines but they are lost on so many people... This pizza looks absolutely amazing. I came across your blog a few weeks ago and am absolutely loving all your recipes!
    February 22, 2013
  • oh i can't wait to have a full kitchen back and make this! its my fav. combo!!
    February 22, 2013
  • I've seen the cauliflower crust on pinterest. Now I'm totally inspired to try it! I made a roasted cauliflower pear soup this fall so I know the flavor combo is great! Awesome post!
    February 23, 2013
  • I've been hearing more and more about these cauliflower crusts. Will have to try it, looks like a really nice alternative to crust!
    February 23, 2013
  • Looks very good and healthy. Two great combinations. Brava!
    February 25, 2013
  • Andrea
    I rice all my cauliflower at once and keep it in a tupperware! Do you know how much 2.5 cups of cauiflower translates to after being riced? And do you cook the 'rice' first? Thanks!
    April 19, 2013
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