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!
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!
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 only ~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!