Quick Aubergine “Pizza” Slices

Quick Aubergine "Pizza" Slices

Cooking low carb can be time consuming. Sometimes when the hunger-monkeys are knocking on the door, something cheesy, delicious and super fast to make is the only answer.

When browsing through the supermarket shelves, as I do, for fun 😉 I found this awesome product by Granoro – a Napoletana sauce made with all natural ingredients, and it’s yummy too! If you don’t have this on hand, you can make a quick tomato sauce using good quality tinned tomatoes.

Quick Aubergine “Pizza” Slices (makes 5 – 8 slices)

Ingredients:

1 aubergine, cut into slices, lengthways
1 clove garlic
Olive oil for brushing onto the aubergine slices
1/2 bottle of Granoro Napoletana Sauce (185g) or homemade tomato sauce
100g grated mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh thyme or basil
Optional chilli flakes

Method:

Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Brush olive oil onto aubergine slices
Rub the slices with garlic
Grill the aubergine slices for 5 to 10 minutes, until a knife inserts easily
Smother slices with Napoletana Sauce
Sprinkle with fresh thyme or basil, and chilli, if desired
Cover with grated cheese
And salt and pepper to taste
Grill in oven for 5 minutes until cheese has melted and turned golden
Serve as a quick snack, or with a salad, as a delicious lunch or light meal

Cauliflower Pizza Base

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Who knew that the humble, unassuming cauliflower could be so versatile? Certainly not me… before Banting anyway… Now it seems like I can’t go a meal without adding cauliflower to it, in some form.

(I actually think that I might have developed a “morbid fascination” at seeing how far I can push the cauliflower experimenting ;))

What amazes me the most is that you can hardly taste the cauliflower in most of the recipes. I would have expected the cauliflower to overpower the dish, because of the smell alone! But it doesn’t 🙂

Like in this cauliflower pizza base – I honestly think that if you gave it to someone who didn’t know how you made it that they wouldn’t guess that you made it with cauliflower. I dare you to put it to the test and report back. Ok? Ok! 🙂

Cauliflower Pizza Base

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Ingredients:

1 Cup cooked “riced” cauliflower *see directions below
1 Large Egg
1 Cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese
1 tsp dried oreganum
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
Chop up raw cauliflower into florets and add to food processor (half a head of cauliflower roughly equates to one cup of cooked “riced” cauliflower)
Pulse until it becomes “couscous”-like in consistency
Cook couscous cauliflower, covered, in microwave for about 6 – 7 minutes until tender. Stirring every few minutes.
At this point, it is advisable to remove as much liquid from the cooked cauliflower as possible. Place in a kitchen towel and ring out. Transfer to a bowl
Add egg, cheese and seasoning to cooked cauliflower and mix to combine
Transfer “dough” to a baking tray, covered in lightly greased baking paper
Pat mixture out thinly onto the baking paper, to form a pizza base
Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes until golden and crispy
At this point I like to brown the other side
Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes and then remove gently from baking paper, being very careful not to break the base
Flip upside down and grill the non-golden side for about 10 minutes

Spread homemade tomato sauce over the base
Sprinkle with more mozzarella cheese and toppings of your choice
I used crispy bacon, mushrooms, caramelized onion, spring onion and more cheese
Put under the grill for another 10 minutes and then top with fresh avo.

There is nothing else to say but, DELICIOUS!

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