Hey There Friends! How’s it goin?
just getting back into the swing of things here in Waterloo today. My first class this morning was a toughie cuz I was still super tired from travelling yesterday 🙁 Hopefully I’ll be in top form by next week 😀
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’d have seen all the clean eating meals I made over the holidays. Before I share the recipe for these surprisingly (to me & my family) delicious eggplant pizza ‘subs’ I just want to tell you about what prompted this recent burst of cooking.
7 Day Clean Eating Challenge
A couple weeks ago I was approached by Niki of Overwhelmed Heart to join a 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge group that would run from Jan 2nd to Jan 8th (yesterday).
I was a little skeptical at first because I figured it’d be hard enough to try staying and eating healthy over the holidays. Clean Eating is a whole other story!
But I eventually decided that I was up for the challenge and signed up…and boy am I glad that I did! Not only did I get to ‘meet’ some awesome people in our facebook group, but I had sooo much fun trying to find yummy ways to eat clean!
The challenge also had an exercise portion which I didn’t do as well on 🙁 Apparently it’s easier to carry clean foods when visiting relatives than it is to sneak in a workout during the party! I did rock 4 awesome at home workouts though 😀
Instead of tracking my weight before and after the challenge, I too some body measurements and I managed to lose a couple inches around my waist in only 6 days 😀 <- YAY ME!! lol
Overall, I found the challenge was an amazing experience and I’m considering doing another one later on in the year 🙂
Now onto the yummy-ness
Eggplant Pizza Subs
Let me start off by saying that I am not a huge lover of eggplant but I loved these and will DEFINITELY be making them again!
Last week a friend of mine messaged me asking for healthy, but tasty, ways to make eggplant and I immediately thought of eggplant pizzas.
The first time I made eggplant pizzas was wayyy back at the beginning of this journey. I found the recipe on Peanut Butter Fingers and decided to give them a try. They were okay, but I never made them again because I usually like my pizzas (yes, even fake eggplant ones) with more toppings.
But then I had the crazy idea to slice the eggplant the long way and my ‘revolutionary’ eggplant pizza ‘subs’ were born 😆
After washing and slicing the eggplant, I realised it would still be hard to pile a bunch on toppings on there, so I decided to
scoop carve out the gunk from inside, chop it up and add it as a topping on the eggplant pizza instead.
All I did after that was add the pasta sauce, the filling and top with cheese! I popped it into the oven for about 30 minutes and voila instant, healthy eggplant pizza.
One problem I had with this recipe was that I had A LOT of extra filling! At first I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but the next day I roasted it and used is as the filling for a pita. Gotta love a recipe that keeps on giving 😉
- One large eggplant
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ¾ cup pasta sauce (I used one with mushrooms)
- 1 can whole kernel corn
- 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 cup olives, diced
- 1 cup cheese, grated (I used extra old cheddar)
- Preheat oven to 350
- Leaving the skin intact, carve out the insides and chop into small pieces
- In a bowl, mix the chopped eggplant and other 'toppings' with olive oil
- Pour pasta sauce into each eggplant half, add the filling mixture and top with cheese
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the chopped eggplant pieces
arecooked all the way through
What about you?
Have you ever done a clean eating challenge?
Do you like eggplant pizzas? What your favourite way to eat eggplant?
Share in the comments below!