Ciao beauties. It’s been BLAZING hot here in Boston but I am not complaining. The energy out here in the summatime is straight FIRE. Everyone’s out and about smiling through the greenery, working out and sipping chilled wine on balconies. With the outdoor vibes calling my name and still trying to adjust to this new life, my motivation to cook has been lacking. Insert lazy girl eggplant pizza bites.
Do you ever go through that? It’s always an odd feeling for me because the kitchen is my happy place. Cooking brings mental peace to my mind that I can’t quite put into words. Especially when it brings my friends and loves together. But since moving to Boston I’ve been in a funk all around. My health has not been priority in terms of fueling myself with nutrients and working out.
Wholesome foods and staying active are pivotal parts of my life. So when those are aspects are out of balance it weighs on me. Not only do I feel less energized, super bloated and out of shape but it affects my mental health. Lack of mental clarity and feeling unhealthy adds to anxiety driven thoughts and a whole plethora of emotions about my future, my worth and direction in life. Gah no bueno.
It’s just another eb and flow of imperfect living but the important thing is we bring ourselves out of it. It’s OKAY to feel down; our emotions regardless of whether they’re high or low, are always valid. What matters is that we don’t let them control us. That we fight to come out of those BLAH days and remember who we are, and what lights our fire. Should I write a wellness inspired post on this topic? Do you want to hear more on how I shift my focus? Tell me tell me! Until then, lets talk lazy girl eggplant pizzas.
This is for the girl (or guy, no discrimination here) who wants a wholesome dinner at home but is not in the mood to get all fancy in the kitchen for hours. The girl that had a long day at work and just wants something quick to whip up. The girl who is craving a fat stack pizza after a booty kicking Barry’s Bootcamp workout but doesn’t want to make dough from scratch or succumb to crappy delivery.
Girl, I got you. Since feeling uninspired lately in terms of cooking, when I do get in the kitchen it’s all about simple and delicious. Feeling healthy does not have to be complicated chu know? If you’re anything like me, life is complicated as heck already. In an effort to get back to fueling myself with feel-good foods I made these wannabe eggplant pizzas…no fancy effort required. Loads of veggies, easy ingredients and puffiness not aloud. AMEN sistah. Recipe details below!
Lazy Girl Eggplant Pizza Recipe Details
Eggplant Bites: So don’t get the wrong idea in that these will taste EXACTLY like pizza. Remember you’re being lazy and healthy here, gotta take what you can get 🙂 It’s important to slice the eggplant in thick rounds. That way when you roast them they won’t get SUPER soggy and will be able to hold your toppings. This is key!
Cream Sauce: Fooled ya, no ricotta or actual cream sauce required. I used Kite Hill almond based cream cheese to spread onto the eggplant after roasting and it’s SO GOOD. I tried this dairy free based cream cheese a few weeks ago after seeing it on sale at Whole Foods and I am obsessed. Pairs great with the sun dried tomato + Italian flavors in this dish. Feel free to sub your own cream cheese if you can tolerate cows milk/dairy.
Sun Dried Tomatoes: It’s important you get the sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil! This means less work for you and more flavor. I get mine at Trader Joe’s and I highly recommend. They pack the sun dried tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil + Italian herbs and it makes so many of my meals POP.
Toppings: The kalamata olives are delicious on these, I don’t suggest replacing them unless you hate olives! The fresh basil adds so much natural Italian flavor to as well. I also like to add organic chicken sausage and serve with a side salad for protein and extra greens. Plus it’s more filling with the protein added! You can also top with your favorite shredded mozzarella or feta cheese if that’s your jam. Let me know what you do!
- 1 eggplant, sliced into 1-2 inch thick rounds
- ⅓ cup kite hill almond based cream cheese
- ¼-1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, packed in olive oil
- ⅓ cup sliced kalamata olives
- Handful of chopped fresh basil
- Protein Ideas: cooked chicken sausage slices, shredded chicken, chickpeas
- Toppings: Shredded mozzarella cheese or feta cheese (optional), aged balsamic drizzle
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. Slice your eggplant into THICK rounds, about 1-2 inches thick. Lay flat onto tray and spray with olive oil cooking spray or drizzle with a dash of olive oil and sea salt. Roast for 10 minutes, careful not to over bake so they don't get soggy. Broil for 2-3 minutes and remove from the oven.
- Spread kite hill cream cheese onto each eggplant round. Then layer on sun dried tomatoes with drizzles of the olive oil, kalamata olives and fresh basil. Add your favorite protein topping and cheeses! I love to add chicken sausage and a drizzle of aged balsamic.