FOOD : AUBERGINE PIZZA (VEGAN, WHEAT FREE, GLUTEN FREE !)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Helloooo everyone !

Time to get back into some savory dinner food because I have some uh-mazing cake recipes coming up, like seriously, you'll be licking the screen.
So whilst you prep yourself for that I have this lovely 'pizza' alternative which was a real hit with my mum and with me - I could go for some right now.


 Ingredients :

1 Large Aubergine / Eggplant
Cherry Tomatoes - around 10-15 depending how tomatoey you like it
1/2 a Large Onion
1/2 Avocado
2-3 Mushrooms
1/2 Cup of Peppers
1/2 - 3/4 Cup of Tomato Sauce (tinned or in a carton)
1 Handful of Spinach
1Tsp of Garlic, Cayenne and Basil
(Optional - Cheese for non-vegans)

1. Slice up your aubergine into 1cm pieces, pop on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 8 mins at 200C.


2. Take half your tomatoes, slice into quarters and sautee in a pan with the garlic. No need to oil, you want the garlic to infuse and to nearly grill the tomato.



3. Keep on stiring the tomatoes, turning down if neccesary and take out the aubergine. Turn over, and cook for a further 8 mins the other side. You want the pieces to be firm and cooked all the way through to support the toppings.


4. Slice up your peppers, mushrooms and onions ready for later, and add some tomato sauce and water to allow it to thicken, and simmer away on a low heat with the added cayenne and basil.


5. Take out the aubergine slices and allow to cool. Make sure your sauce is thick, hot and totally tasty  check the taste as you go, and add herbs or tomato as you go.



6. Assemble your pizza - you can try a swirl to replicate the pizza shape or for easy try to create a long rectangle, starting with big slices and overlaying the gaps with the smaller cuts. Spoon your hot sauce over the top and make sure it covers all the layers to act as a sealant. If you wish, add cheese now by grating on top. Bake for 5-7 minutes in the oven.


7. Once the time is done, pile up those veggies ! Make sure you try to fit it all one, it's a nice tasty mouthful with all the layers. Bake for 15 minutes.



8. Remove from the oven and top with avocado and extra cheese if you want cheese, and slice up using a knife and fish-slice for help and serve !


Now that above may look messy but I swamped my piece with sweet potato chips and spinach which was soooo yummy !
The pizza really keeps it shape, and although more of a knife and fork situation it still tastes meaty and delicious. A good healthy dinner all round I must say.

You can try to make aubergine crust with flours but the combo seems so fussy and when you want a quick healthy alternative this is a go-to. One day when I'm less hangry I may try the recipe and make a crust, keep your eyes peeled.

What do you like on your pizza, and would you make something like this ?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x


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