Looking for a delicious way to eat your eggplant? Try this easy eggplant pizza! It couldn’t be simpler, and even the kids eat it.
You all know that I’m a huge advocate of eating more vegetables, and more kinds of vegetables. With kids, that can be hard. They’re not always the biggest fan of either vegetables or variety.
Which means I’m always on the hunt for recipes that will help them eat whatever vegetables are in season.
Last summer, I targeted eggplant as a vegetable to get the kids – and my husband – to eat. At that point, I don’t know if my kids had ever even tried eggplant, but I already knew that Gabe didn’t enjoy it at all.
Personally, I loooove eggplant parmesan, and enjoy eggplant in general. The problem with parmesan is that it’s a little bit labor intensive, and doesn’t really count as a vegetable dish – it’s more a of a dish with vegetables in it.
So, to make something that was a little less main dish, and more vegetable, I decided to try easy eggplant pizzas on them.
It’s very easy – simply roast your sliced eggplant, top with sauce and cheese, then roast again until your cheese is nice and toasty.
Gabe loved it! For the first time, I have an eggplant dish that he doesn’t just tolerate, but enjoys. The kids? My oldest enjoys it somewhat, and my youngest tolerates it (at this point, that’s about all I can get out of her when it comes to veggies). So in my mind, it’s a win.
I do believe as kids get older, they become more tolerant of vegetables. I’ve seen it happen over and over again, and even experienced it with myself and my own kids.
Switching gears a little bit, I can’t stress enough that this isn’t some low-carb replacement for pizza. This is an eggplant dish that has a similar vibe to pizza. It’s round, it’s saucy, and it’s cheesy. And we do love saucy-cheesy.
But it’s not supposed to be legit pizza.
I think it’s important to note that I’m not in any way promoting a certain kind of calorie or macronutrient restriction by recommending eggplant pizza.
I just really love helping people find ways to eat more veggies.
Personally, I do love a lot of low-carb substitutes, such as cauliflower fried rice, and while once upon a time, I did believe I needed to restrict my carbs to be healthy and skinny, I now realize how untrue that was. So now when I make a low carb dish, it’s usually in the interest of eating more vegetables, not restricting my carbs.
So yeah, I eat this seemingly low-carb eggplant pizza…. with a side of actual rice, or a baked potato.
Easy Eggplant pizza
A couple notes:
- You can swap the roasting portion of this recipe, for sautéing in a lightly oiled skillet. Just sauté on one side for a minute or two, flip, and do it again. I do this when I’m in a hurry while the oven is heating to speed things up.
- We typically add just sauce and cheese to our “Pizzas” but you can add any pizza toppings that sound good to you! Sprinkling on some sausage, chicken, or ground beef would take it from vegetable dish, to veggie-protein dish. Just add a carb, and you’re all set!
Easy Eggplant “Pizza”
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 17 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: vegetable
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: American
- 1 eggplant
- 1/2 cup of pizza sauce (check out our homemade marinara sauce recipe)
- 2/3 cup of shredded cheese (mozzarella is a favorite!)
- Olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400º
- Slice eggplant in 1/4 inch thick rounds
- Spray or drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt
- Place in center of oven and roast for 4-6 minutes
- Top each round with sauce and cheese
- Place back in oven for an additional 6-8 minutes until cheese begins to bubble and look toasty
- Let cool a bit and serve