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Eggplant Pizzas

Hi friends! Happy Monday to ya. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. After Saturday’s long run, I spent the day at work, crashed out embarrassingly early, and we spent all of Sunday just hanging out. Picking apples and pears was a blast, we grilled for dinner, ate some of the fudge from the apple orchard and had a dance party past a certain little lady’s bedtime.

We also shared an awesome afternoon snack. The seasonal star of the show: eggplants!

Eggplant pizzas

I kind of have a weird thing with eggplants. I love them, but every time I want to cook one, it feels like too much of an ordeal.

Fresh veggies

My tried and true eggplant recipes are a little more labor intensive, but soooo delicious: eggplant bacon and eggplant parmesan. Because they involve a little more prep and cook time, that means too many wrinkly eggplants have ended up in the trash can. (I feel like a guilty produce waster typing that, but it’s true.) I always end up “saving” the eggplants until I have extra time to create something amazing, but tend to forget that eggplants don’t need a lot of work to taste incredible; usually the simplest things are the most delicious.

We had a beautiful graffiti eggplant from our farm box, so before it got to be too late, I decided to use it as the base for some little pizzas.

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I sliced it into thick rounds, then topped with some ghee, salt and pepper,

Eggplant rounds with ghee, salt and pepper

baked it for a little while (grilling them would probably work well too!),

baked eggplant rounds

then added some of our favorite toppings, and baked a little longer to warm everything through.

Eggplant pizzas with goat cheese, tomatoes and basil

The eggplants were sturdy enough to provide a nice “crust, and are a great lower-carb option. I love the nutrient boost from eggplants, too.

Some of the benefits:

(Many of the phytonutrients are located in the skin, so make sure to keep in intact and enjoy)

-Great source of fiber, which can aid in digestion and help to keep you feeling full and satisfied. Adding some good fats and protein in these pizza rounds will improve satiety, too. You can also end Vitamin A, folate, B vitamins and vitamin C in eggplants

-Chlorogenic acid is the dominant antioxidant compound in eggplant, which aids in lowering LDL (<— “bad” cholesterol) and a high capacity to fight free radicals

-High in bioflavinoids, which can assist with stress reduction and controlling high blood pressure

-Can prevent blood clots, due to the capillary strengthening benefits of the nutrients

Eggplant pizzas with goat cheese, tomatoes and basil

These little pizza rounds would make a beautiful vegetarian side dish or party appetizer, too! As fancy as they look, I still folded mine up to eat like tacos 😉

Hope you love them <3

xoxo

Gina

Eggplant pizzas
A healthy pizza option or fun party appetizer
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 eggplant, sliced into thick rounds
  2. Olive oil or ghee
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. Toppings of choice (I used hummus, goat cheese, tomatoes, bell pepper and fresh basil)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the ove to 350 and grease a cookie sheet with nonstick spray
  2. Place the eggplant rounds on the cookie sheet and top with olive oil or ghee, salt and pepper
  3. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 until soft, but not mushy
  4. Add your favorite toppings. You can use marinara or hummus for the sauce, and have fun adding your favorite vegetable toppings. Get creative!
  5. Bake for 10 minutes until everything is heated through
  6. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs and serve
Notes
  1. Remember that eggplants can soak up a lot of fat easily. You can use a misto sprayer or nonstick spray if you are watching your fat intake.
  2. Also, feel free to top with any protein option you love! Sprouted tofu or grilled chicken would be fantastic.
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Eggplant Pizzas! Sliced, baked or grilled eggplant is topped with goat cheese and veggies to make healthy little eggplant pizzas. Perfect for a snack or vegetarian side. fitnessista.com

Are you an eggplant fan, or not so much? Any favorite recipes to share?

For another lower carb healthy pizza option, check out this zucchini crust pizza, too!

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38 Comments

  1. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections on September 16, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Wow, do those look amazing! At first glance, the eggplants looks like mushroom caps to me. I have yet to really start using eggplant in my diet, with the exception of the occasional eggplant parmesan. I definitely want to give this a try!

  2. Lisa on September 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

    These look great! I’ve tried the zucchini pizzas and love them, so I bet the eggplant is just as amazing!
    I definitely don’t experiment with it enough in my diet!

  3. Annie @ Annie Get Your Run on September 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Coming from an Italian family, I love eggplant almost as much as I love pasta. You should make caponeta sometime!

  4. Kari @ KeepingupwithKarielle on September 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Those look so good, oh my gosh. I’ve been looking for a little appetizer’ish dish for when I get hungry at work and these look PERFECT! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Jackie on September 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

    These look great!

  6. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on September 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I love eggplants but I definitely keep them on the backburner in the produce bowl until I’m “ready” for them. I also always buy more at the market than I should- which means lots of eggplant during the week. I usually marinate them in balsamic and grill them- this weekend I made eggplant pasta. I love the idea of turning them into mini pizzas, though!

  7. Gretchen @ A Fit Fashionista on September 16, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Those look delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe Gina!

  8. Juli on September 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

    These look delicious! My favorite easy thing to do with eggplants in to half them, stud them with garlic, a little olive oil, and salt and bake.

  9. Emily @ Emily Rocks the Road on September 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I don’t like eggplant, but that’s probably becaus to usually have it in something stew-like or they’re overlooked. I don’t like the mushyness. But is be willing to give these a whirl, I wonder if baking them improves on the texture.

  10. Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food on September 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Sold! These look so good. I love eggplant, but like you I always shy away from making it because of the work load. I could totally make these mini pizzas. I’ve done something similar with portobellos before so I think this would be a nice change!

  11. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on September 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    What a great & simple way to jazz up eggplant! Thanks for the idea!

  12. Andrea @ The Fit Scoop on September 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I love eggplant! I have a vegetarian lasagna recipe that uses eggplant. It is super tasty and healthy (and husband approved!): http://www.thefitscoop.com/recipe-hearty-vegetable-lasagna/

  13. Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind on September 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Yum! Now I’m craving pizza!

  14. Anna @ Fitness à la Anna on September 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! I love this type of ‘healthier-than’ recipe…in fact, I might make it for my potluck tonight 🙂

  15. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on September 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I love eggplant! I think they can be a little bit difficult to cook with sometimes but I love them anyway. Great idea with the pizza! I might have to try it out if they have some good eggplant at the farmer’s market this week!

  16. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on September 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I love this idea especially since in the summer we have eggplant overload thanks to the garden. I love making pizza healthier too! Great recipe!

  17. Livi on September 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    totally feel you on the eggplant ordeal! haha but I am always soooo happy when I’m eating them!

  18. allison on September 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    These pizza’s look awesome! I like eggplant when its prepared for me but have not had much luck when cooking them myself. I will have to try this recipe because it looks too good not to try!!!

  19. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on September 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    so pretty!! they’d be an excellent party food 🙂

  20. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on September 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I’d never cooked eggplant before until I started getting them regularly in my CSA pick up. But they are super skinny (compared to the ones I’ve seen in the grocery store), so not sure how they’d do as a base, unless I was making little poppers. I did eggplant parm and just sauteed it with some other veggies, but I really should roast it, huh?!

  21. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Omg these look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  22. april on September 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    i’ve been guilty of tossing out a few wrinkly eggplants, as well! i absolutely love this recipe idea, though, and hope to try it soon! (hummus + eggplant sounds like a winning combo, for sure :))

  23. Brooke @ denaultstudios.blogspot.com on September 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    What a great idea! This would be great for a party

  24. Megan (The Lyons' Share) on September 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I love eggplants, and I already love your zucchini pizza crust, so I’ll definitely have to give these a try! I admit I’m a little scared of trying ghee, though!

  25. Jodie on September 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Will we be sent an email when the DVDs are mailed?:)

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      if you preordered, they were mailed! you should have it today or tomorrow 🙂

  26. Lisag on September 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I love eggplant in pizza & Ina Garten’s Orzo with Roasted Vegetables.

    I just received your Solibeat dvds in the mail today. Cant wait to try it; so proud of you!!

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      omggggg!!! so so excited! text me and let me know what you think 🙂
      xoxo

  27. Marissa on September 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    these look delish! i really like eggplant, but ruin them every time i try to cook them!

  28. Kimberly on September 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I’m a little embarrassed to admit I’ve never cooked eggplant before! They kind of scare me. Maybe it’s a texture thing? My fiancé is a type 1 diabetic though so I’m always looking for low-carb dishes. This looks like an awesome way to eat pizza with fewer carbs!

  29. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on September 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Eggplant is the best! I just did a post last Friday on the health benefits of eggplant and surprisingly, there are some really good ones. These eggplant pizzas sound terrific!

  30. Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama on September 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    These look great! I love eggplant and pizza

  31. Lucie on September 17, 2013 at 3:36 am

    These look so pretty!! Love the idea of making pizzas with them.
    I use eggplant to make hummus/dip – it’s so delicious. http://fitswisschick.com/2013/01/29/tuesday-recipes-savory-sides/

  32. Mo on September 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Eggplant is good – except for the fact that I’m not a fan of the skin – it never breaks down enough to be really easy to chew? I end up eating the meat of the eggplant but the skin usually comes off in a big strip. Maybe it’s the kind of eggplant I’m using, who knows!

    Mo

  33. Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen on September 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I thought you had posted something similar to this before, but it was the zucchini pizzas! Eggplant, what I great idea. And they are so yummy baked.
    One of my favorite simple ways to cook eggplants is:
    Slice eggplants in half, and make small slits in the flesh and lay skin side down in a baking dish. Then slice garlic and slide a slice into all the slits in the eggplant. Finally drizzle the eggplant halves with olive oil, and sprinkle on some fresh ground pepper and sea salt. Then bake until soft. Scoop out the flesh and eat! Yum!

  34. Yenoh on September 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Are you following the Paleo diet now? I noticed a lot of your recent recipes are Paelo or include Paleo staples.

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      no, i like goat cheese and brown rice too much 🙂 i tend to eat more on the paleo side since i’m mostly gluten and dairy free

  35. Sinea Pies on February 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I love eggplant and this recipe sounds great! Thanks for sharing.
    If you blog hop, will you stop by my party this Wednesday to share the link?
    My readers will LOVE it. ♥

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