Cooking with Heinen’s | Easy Cauliflower Crust Pizza + This Week’s Contest Winner!

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We’re excited to announce the first winner in our Cooking with Heinen’s Photo Contest! We’ve partnered up with Heinen’s Grocery to give away a weekly $25 Heinen’s gift card. For a chance to win, all you have do is snap and share a photo of something you’re #CookingWithHeinens this week. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between, enter your photo by CLICKING HERE or sharing with hashtag #CookingWithHeinensBarrington on Facebook or Instagram. Here’s our first winning photo, submitted by Heinen’s shopper John Kelly of JPK Media in Wauconda!

John shared the photo above on Instagram of his “new favorite breakfast inspired by East Coast egg addict @angrylittlenotion” prepared with brown rice, quinoa, egg, avocado, kimchi, kale, seaweed, sesame seeds, scallions and ginger soy dressing. Wow – this looks beautiful! Congratulations, John and keep on Cooking with Heinen’s!

Now to this week’s post in our Cooking with Heinen’s series. With the popularity of eating gluten free, eating clean, and detoxing our bodies from processed foods that can have harmful effects, there has been a quest to make great quality food taste great too. One road block to eating clean and detoxing our bodies can be the busy lifestyles and unpredictable hours so many of us keep. So, easy is essential.

Keeping comfort foods like pizza on the menu can be tricky when you’re trying to keep a healthy diet afloat. Today’s recipe is a hit in my house, Cauliflower Crust pizza. It’s been gaining popularity over the past few years. I’ve mentioned in past posts that my mother owns a restaurant in Michigan. She serves this pizza to her gluten free customers and they can’t get enough of it.

It all starts, obviously, with cauliflower. About one medium head will do. You can grate it on a box grater or simply grate it with a food processor. BUT if truly EASY is what you crave, you can buy cauliflower in Heinen’s produce department already grated for you. Life is busy!  These little conveniences make my day. When it’s worth it I will put in full effort. I make my own pastas after all. Little conveniences that lighten your load without compromising quality or taste are always a win.

For this recipe, you simply microwave the cauliflower pieces for 10-12 minutes until tender then pour the cooked pieces into a cheese cloth lined bowl. This is an important step that I don’t see in most of the recipes I’ve seen floating around the internet. This is the step that will ensure you have a non-soggy pizza crust you can slice and pick up in your hands like any other slice of pizza. You use the cheese cloth to squeeze all the moisture out of the cauliflower. Wring it tight.

Then simply mix the ingredients together. As you can see here I used a larger shred cheese this time. I actually think it works better with a finer shred.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza


  • 1 Pound cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (or more to taste)
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten


  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Line a baking sheet with Parchment paper
  • Break the cauliflower into pieces and pulse in a food processor until fine. OR Use Heinen’s pre-grated cauliflower and skip this step.
  • Microwave in a microwave safe bowl on high for 10-12 minutes, until tender.
  • Let cool
  • Place cauliflower in a bowl lined with cheese cloth.  Gather ends and squeeze ALL the moisture from the cauliflower.
  • In a bowl combine cauliflower, cheeses, salt, oregano, garlic and eggs. Mix well.
  • Transfer to your prepared parchment and baking sheet.
  • Spread the mixture into a circle resembling a pizza crust.
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove from oven top with desired pizza toppings and return to oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes.

One of the beauties of pizza is the endless combinations of toppings to suit every taste. The same applies here. Spinach, mushrooms, olives, chicken, peppers basil, garlic,anchovies…you get the idea!

Want to enter our new Cooking with Heinen’s photo contest? Just enter your photo via this form for a chance to win. A winner will be chosen at random. That means the prize will not be given based on photo quality, so don’t be shy. Show us what you’re making! We’ll announce the winner next week and the gift card will arrive by mail. It’s as simple as that. Good luck!

Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography. She regularly shops at Heinen’s for the family dishes she features via Table and Dish on Instagram and on her website at

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Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meatheads) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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