Cheesy Cauliflower Pizza Bites


Hey guys!

Today I had the urge to make some vegetarian nuggets! They were sooooooo good! You need to make these as an appetizer for your friends and family. They will love love love it. And just so you know…not EVERYTHING I make turns out perfect. I just don’t tell you about it when I fail! In fact, this past two weeks I’ve been like burning everything and stuff just comes out either too spicy, too bland, or just too weird. Today, I was very happy that I broke my curse. Phew.


– 1 small head of cauliflower

– 1 and 1/4 cups of low fat mozzarella cheese

– 1/4 tsp dried oregano

– 1/4 tsp dried garlic powder

– 1/4 tsp dried basil

– 1/4 tsp salt

– 1 egg

– small handful of fresh basil leaves sliced thinly


1. Shred the cauliflower in your food processor until it looks like rice – I call this “ricing”.

2. Place the rice in a bowl and microwave it for 5 minutes.

3. Squeeze all of the excess water out by placing the rice on a cheesecloth or thin piece of linen and pressing the liquid out. If you skip this, it’s not the end of the world.

4. Then mix in your dried ingredients, egg, cheese, and basil leaves. Be careful! It’s hot. Don’t do what I did in my first Cheap Clean Eats video. You can watch that disaster here. (No, seriously, watch it!)

5. Form your “dough” into little nugget sized pieces on a tray that’s been sprayed with EVOO, PAM, or coconut oil.

6. Bake at 425F for 15 min. (I actually left mine in a little longer to make sure they get a bit crunchy.)

cauliflower nugget 2

That’s it! It makes a few dozen nuggets and tastes great served with a side of marinara! The fresh basil gives it such a fantastic Italian feel. The recipe makes 6 servings (6 nuggets = 1 serving) and  each serving is under 100 cals with over 10g of protein. How awesome is that?

cheesy cauliflower nuggets infredients

Enjoy your weekend guys and hashtag #cheapcleaneats if you make this recipe! And for everyone wondering what happened to Cheap Clean Eats on YouTube, I just needed some time to create some fool proof recipes for you. Like I said above…it’s been a tough couple weeks in the kitch!!

Love you!

<3 Cassey

  • Wumi

    I am so pumped that these turned out amazingly and so easy too! Cassey your recipes never fail to disappoint :)

  • katie

    How is this 98 calories in total?? A cup of cheese alone is around 300 calories.

    • stephanie

      its low fat cheese and this recipe is for 36 nuggets. so if we divide the 300 calories to 6, one serving will get 50 calories from the cheese

  • Mira

    You should add a Pinterest option! I would love to pin this on my healthy food board to share with my family! Love your recipes by the way, you’re beautiful and amazing and a true inspiration!

  • Lisa

    I just made these for the first time. My two kids asked to try them and loved them. One of them wants me to make them for her birthday party! They have never tried cauliflower before, so this is amazing!

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  • Nidhi

    Cassey, any replacement for eggs? please help!!!

    • Beyonce Padthai

      I use agar agar powder when I need to bind something without using egg. It can be a little tricky to find, though- so sometimes I’ll use honey if you don’t mind some sweetness, or sunflower seed butter.

  • Mariya

    They are so so soooo good! Thank you Cassey for this great recipe!)

  • Maddie Stears

    I just made these and they are DELICIOUS!! <3

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  • These sound awesome and filling.

  • R

    I’m a bit confused, does anybody know for sure if its 98 calories for 1 nugget or 6 nuggets? She said 1 serving is 6 nuggets and I find it so hard to believe that 6 of these is under 100 cal! Can anybody help?

    • lauren

      I believe she said that it’s 6 nuggets for one serving.

  • tanushree

    they are in the oven right now !! If this recipe works, i will have hit jackpot !!!!

  • Zoe

    Are your recipes Gluten Free?

  • Adelie

    I would love to try this recipe, but is there another way beside baking it? My oven doesn’t work too well

  • JoAnna P

    I’m using this as a pizza crust and putting topping on it tonight!! They were good by themselves but i’m sure with extra cheese, marinara, and chicken it will be delish!

  • carolyn

    this looks yummy!! can’t wait to try it

  • Sarah L

    Just made these and they tasted delicious!! I didn’t drain the cauliflower though and they turned out fine – just in case anyone was curious.
    Thank you for the great recipe!

  • Em

    These are baking in the oven right now! So excited to try them. I’m normally not a big cauliflower person, so these may convince me to be a huge cauliflower lover!