Here’s a yummy lunch recipe inspired by one I had just a few days ago! I can’t get enough of this eggplant pizza, plus… y’all know I like to use up my leftovers!
Here’s how it’s done Mediterranean style:
- Top the roasted eggplant “crust” with 1-2 tbsp. hummus
- A few pinches of micro greens or sprouts or other greens of your choice
- 3-4 organic unsweetened & unsulphured sun-dried tomatoes
- cucumber slices
- 1/2 tbsp. nutritional yeast or Parmesan
- Drizzles of smoked paprika
Serve with a side of your fave crackers for an added dose of crunch! I had it with my homemade chickpea flour crackers (recipe here) for extra fibre + protein!
For the OG eggplant pizza recipe, click here.
So why eggplant… LET ME EXPLAIN!
- It contains tons of protective phenolic acids, which help fight certain types of cancer & have varying levels of antioxidants + phytonutrients. It also has anti-mutagen & anti-tumour effects, all while also being anti-microbial & anti-LDL cholesterol, as well as anti-viral so it helps fight inflammation & disease formation.
- It protects the heart due to its ability to fight inflammation & oxidative stress, leading to healthier arteries & balanced cholesterol levels. The phytonutrients in eggplant help improve circulation & reduce plaque buildup in the arteries. It also improves blood flow.
- Eggplant has a high water content so it’s hydrating for the body but also contains fibre & nutrients that help flush our waste & toxins from the digestive tract. The digestive tract & colon need to be well hydrated in order to push stool through the intestines & out of the body, as well as get rid of water weight. The high fibre content in eggplant also keeps you full, which means it helps control & curb cravings.
- It’s high in manganese, which is a mineral naturally occurring in the body in small amounts…. which means, we need to obtain the rest through nutrition! Manganese is an antioxidant that seeks out free radicals & eliminates them from the body to prevent bodily harm & oxidative stress. It also helps in the formation of strong bone structure because of its impact on bone mineralization & metabolism. It’s needed by the body to metabolize & use calcium properly & to create enzymes for formation of small bones. Lastly, manganese is also beneficial for metabolic activity in the body, formation of connective tissues & regulation of hormone levels, crucial for reproductive health & boosting fertility, regulating healthy thyroid function, fighting depression & controlling blood sugar levels.
- Eggplant also provides a good source of B vitamins (especially B1 + B6, crucial for a healthy metabolism & energy, as well as brain function, heart health & focus. B vitamins are also essential for the body to absorb all the nutrients from the food we eat, working to convert fats & carbs into glucose & usable fuel for the body. B6 also helps create amino acids, the building blocks of protein, which are crucial for numerous bodily functions. Without enough amino acids, we can face issues like lack of energy, skin inflammation, anemia, depression, fatigue & nutrient deficiencies. Lastly, B6 also helps with the formation of hemoglobin (which carries oxygen to the blood), neurotransmitters (controls mood) & regulation of blood glucose.
So let me ask you this.. if your pizza crust can be made of a food that does all of the above, are you taking it… BECAUSE I AM!!!!