Weekend Sun & Mini Eggplant Pizza

I’m a little sunburned this morning, after Alex and I spent the weekend with our friends at Smith Mountain Lake. We had a wonderful time on the water, which even including a little stand up paddleboarding. I’d been wanting to try it for awhile, and now I need to convince Alex that we should get a paddleboard. It was super fun, and I’m going to keep an eye out for those paddleboard yoga classes. (Downward dog was easy, while warrior 3 turned out to be next to impossible.) Plus, it was fun to try something where those years of gymnastics finally pays off!

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By the time we got back home, raced to a meeting at church, did some grocery shopping, and unpacked, we were pretty exhausted. But being me, I had to try a new recipe. I picked up an eggplant at the grocery store and decided to turn it into little pizzas. I’d heard this could be done on a grill, but my apartment-friendly solution was to pop them in the oven. This seemed to work just fine!

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Mini Eggplant Pizza

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 small onion
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • Parmesan, oregano, red pepper, salt, etc (optional)

Slice the eggplant into 3/4 inch rounds and sprinkle with salt on both sides. Let sit on a paper towel for 10 minutes, to draw out some of the water. (This will prevent a soggy crust.) Preheat the oven to 400. Top the eggplant with tomato sauce, cheese, veggies and any other toppings you’re in the mood for. Pop it in the oven for 30-40 minutes. For the last couple of minutes, you can turn the oven to broil, and you’ll get crispier toppings!

I’m not counting calories these days, but I just had to see what something like this would be. So even if you ate half the recipe (Alex and I split it and had leftovers) It’s onlyΒ  ~200 calories, plus 9g fiber and 12g protein!

I don’t know why I hadn’t tried this before, given my success with zucchini pizza, but I’m glad I tried it! Eggplant isn’t my favorite vegetable in the world, but it really did make a good pizza crust. I think I’d still pick a zucchini pizza boat over these, but it’s nice to have another way to eat a vegetable, especially if you’ve got some growing in your garden!

What did you do over the weekend?

Comments

  1. Girl, how do you make your food photos look so good every single time you make something?! I love eggplant pizzas. Such a simple meal… and Joshua isn’t a fan so I get it all πŸ™‚ woo hoo!!

    • Haha it’s funny you say that, because I was so frustrated that it’s getting dark earlier, which means no natural light for food photos anymore!

  2. I loved paddleboarding when I tried it for the first time in Hawaii, but I couldn’t imagine doing yoga on it! And girl, I’m feeling you on the sunburn. I spent some time at an outdoor food festival this weekend and managed to come home a little red. The crazy thing was that it was cloudy so I thought I’d be fine!

  3. They look so delicious!!! I love all your veggie pizza ideas πŸ™‚

  4. I love me some eggplant, so I’ll definitely be saving this recipe! Love that photo of you on the paddle board too!

  5. I was so impressed with that paddle board on IG – you go girl πŸ™‚

  6. Paddle boarding is a ton of fun! And what a clever way to incorporate egg plant!

  7. I want to paddle board so badly! Love that picture of you!

  8. Sounds like such a fun weekend! I really like eggplant when it’s grilled and crispy, but not usually otherwise. We had a fairly calm weekend – tried out a new home church. We’ll see….!

  9. You’ve highlights one of m favorite foods! Can’t believe I’ve never tried eggplant pizzas before!
    And paddleboarding looks like so much fun. I’ve seen a few fellow bloggers do it lately and I’m so curious to try it πŸ™‚

  10. Gorgeous pic! And the recipe looks great too πŸ™‚

  11. Paddle board yoga does look fun…i will have to try it sometime, I think it would be funny seeing others trying to get into warrior 3, as i am floating in the water after falling lol

  12. I have always wanted to try Yoga on a SUP. I used to paddleboard all the time (when I was able to for free) but I fell out of the habit of going down to the harbor πŸ™ I’ve made a similar eggplant pizza too, love those little guys!

  13. Never though to make eggplant crust pizza! Genius! I find that I’m loving all the different veggie crusts more than regular pizza crust these days. I think it’s the flavor and texture that comes from the veggies.

    • It’s such a great way to see enjoy “pizza” but still keep it healthy! I couldn’t believe how filling it was, especially when I realized how low calorie it was!

  14. Sounds like a fun weekend! And those little pizzas look so good!

  15. yum!!
    random question just out of plain curiosity…do the eggplant rounds stay soft or get a little crispy?

  16. Yum. I’ve never been a fan of eggplant, but I can get behind any kind of food if it’s turned into pizza! Glad you had a good weekend!

  17. AHH I love this! My fave growing up was eggplant parm, and so this is like a healthier take on it. Looks like a fantastic time btw!

  18. Those pizza’s look so yummy (as does everything else you make). I’ve been wanting to try paddleboarding for awhile, but am a bit nervous that I’ll just keep on falling off!

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