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Eggplant pizza

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Do you love pizza but are looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy it? Step into the Live Well Kitchen this Food Friday to try Live Well Alabama’s Eggplant Pizzas. This new twist on a classic is high in fiber and has plenty of nutrients to fuel the body and keep it running strong.

“Cauliflower pizza crust gets all the attention, but eggplant slices also make for an easy, low-carb substitute for crust. Just slice, top and bake! It’s great for appetizers or after-school snacks.”

-Katie Funderburk, Alabama Extension nutrition specialist and registered dietitian


  • Cooking spray
  • Salt, to taste
  • One large eggplant, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Three cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Pro Tip

Picking out the perfect eggplant can be tricky. To pick a good eggplant, lightly press a finger against the skin. If it leaves an imprint, it is perfect.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and then line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, spraying it with cooking spray. Lay the eggplant slices flat on the sheet and season them with salt.

In a small bowl, combine garlic, oil and Italian seasoning. Brush the mixture on top of the eggplant. Bake for 15 minutes.

After removing the eggplant from the oven, top each slice with 1 tablespoon of marinara or pizza sauce and sprinkle each slice with cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Then, enjoy!

Want to learn more? Step by step instructions for the Eggplant Pizzas recipe, as well as an instructional video, are available at LiveWellAlabama.com.

Live Well Alabama

Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Live Well Alabama recipes are all about trying fruits and veggies in tasty, easy and budget-friendly ways,” Funderburk said. “Our recipes are easy to prepare, and they don’t require any fancy kitchen equipment!”

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Live Well Alabama provides numerous recipes that are simple and budget friendly.

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