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Chinese Eggplant and Bell Pepper Gluten-Free Pizza with Cheddar and Fresh Herbs

Gluten-free Cheddar, Bell Pepper, Eggplant, & Herb Pizza #sponsoredThis Chinese Eggplant and Bell Pepper Gluten-Free Pizza with Cheddar and Fresh Herbs is a healthy and delicious meat free meal!

What do you do when you receive a package of creamy reduced fat Cabot cheese in the mail, and you are given the opportunity to create a recipe for the Recipe ReDux Contest sponsored by Cabot, using said cheese, plus a “new to you” vegetable, grain, or fruit you have never tried before?

Cabot cheddar cheeseYou panic.

Yes, that’s what you do.

Not because you can’t figure out a fabulously cheesy dish to make.

No.

As a self-proclaimed cheese lover, I can think of a zillion hundred and one ways to eat it.

It’s just finding a “new to me” grain, veggie, or fruit proved to be a bit more of a challenge.

I could have driven across town to an ethnic grocery store and come up with a new fruit or veggie, but being the occasional procrastinator that I am, I of course waited until the last minute, and had to make a run for the closest Whole Foods in hopes of finding something new.

I almost bought a cone cabbage.

It was pretty cool.

But, I finally settled on some gorgeous Chinese eggplant {aubergine}.

Chinese eggplantYes, I know it looks quite similar to “regular” eggplant, but in actuality it is slimmer, less seedy, and less bitter than it’s American or Italian cousin.

I swear, to my knowledge, I had never tried Chinese Eggplant before today.

On my honor!

Even the checkout clerk had to look up the code.

Apparently it’s not a super popular veggie at Whole Foods.

No matter…

I broiled it up and paired it with brilliantly hued red and orange bell peppers…

bell peppers and eggplantPizza crust topped with tomato sauce and reduced fat Cabot cheese…

pizzaAnd a smattering of fresh herbs {oregano, thyme, and basil}, plus a hefty sprinkle of crushed red bell pepper flakes, ’cause you know I like to make it spicy!

This pizza is simple to make, yet a fabulous combination of roasted and crunchy healthy veggies, creamy reduced fat and calorie cheese, and zippy herbs and pepper.

Trust me…

You won’t miss the meat or extra calories one bit!

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Here’s the recipe…

Gluten-free Cheddar, Bell Pepper, Eggplant, & Herb Pizza #sponsored

Chinese Aubergine Pizza with Cheddar and Fresh Herbs

This Chinese Eggplant and Bell Pepper Gluten-Free Pizza with Cheddar and Fresh Herbs is a healthy and delicious meat free meal!
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Prep Time: 9 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 chinese eggplant, sliced in to 1/8 inch rounds
  • Olive Oil, as needed to drizzle on eggplant slices
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 2 8 or 9 inch pre-made pizza crusts, or make your own favorite pizza crust recipe
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce or your favorite marinara
  • 8 ounces Cabot 50 % reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 bell pepper {red or orange, or a combination of the two}, sliced in to 1/8 inch rounds
  • 1 tablespoon each fresh thyme, oregano, and basil, finely chopped
  • Crushed red pepper, optional, to taste

Instructions

  • Turn broiler on. Slice eggplant and place on a tin foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on top of eggplant slices, and sprinkle with sea salt. Place baking sheet in oven, and broil for 3 minutes. Remove pan from oven, and carefully turn over eggplant slices. Return to oven and broil for 3 more minutes.
  • While eggplant is broiling, slice bell peppers and set aside. Next spread 1/4 cup tomato or marinara over each pizza crust, then top each crust with 4 ounces of the shredded Cabot cheddar cheese.
  • Remove eggplant from the oven, and turn heat to 400 degrees. Top each pizza with half of the eggplant rounds, then do the same with the sliced bell peppers. Place pizza crusts on a parchment lined baking tray, or for crispier crusts, place directly on oven rack. Bake for 81-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted and desired crispiness of crust is achieved.
  • Remove pizza from oven, and it cool a little. Top with fresh herbs and crushed red pepper if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

I used Udi's gluten-free pre made pizza crust, but you can use any favorite gluten-free {or regular} crust. Follow manufacturers directions or recipe for oven temperature and cooking time.
For a low FODMAP version, use plain tomato sauce or a garlic & onion free tomato sauce like Rao's Sensitive formula.

Nutrition

Serving: 2slices | Calories: 683kcal | Carbohydrates: 107g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 1561mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1208IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 430mg | Iron: 6mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP, Vegetarian
Keyword healthy pizza recipe
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PizzaIf you’ve never tried Cabot 50 percent reduced fat Cheddar Cheese before, you are in for a real treat.

I typically eat and cook with full-fat cheese because I prefer the flavor and texture to many of the reduced fat cheeses on the market.  This was my first time trying Cabot’s award winning reduced fat cheddar, however, and I was delighted by the delicious taste, not to mention it melted beautifully on my pizza, not something many reduced fat cheeses can do!

The bonus, in my mind, of using the reduced fat cheddar here, is not only do you get a delicious pizza, you also get a savings of 86 calories per serving {assuming 2 ounces of cheese per 2 slices}, while still getting a hefty amount of calcium {~40% of your daily needs} and protein {16 grams}.

Not bad at all!

If you want to learn more about award winning Cabot cheese and their family owned farms, I encourage you to check out their website here, and here where you can find a list of stores in your area carrying Cabot Reduced Fat Cheddar cheeses.

And, to learn more about the Recipe ReDux, where healthy food bloggers reinvent healthy and delicious recipes, click here.

Oh, and I hope you will all check out the other mouth watering cheese inspired recipes created by other ReDuxers.  I know I will!

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Disclosure: I received free samples from Cabot Creamery of the cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.  My opinions of Cabot Reduced Fat Cheddar cheese are 100 % my own.

Do you like cheese? Do you love cheese? Have you tried Cabot’s reduced fat cheddar before? What’s your favorite way to eat cheese???

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