Fresh From the Farmers Market: Eggplant Pizza Bites

Whether you are carb-free or looking for a healthy snack for your kids, this recipe is what you need. Eggplant is ready for harvest in Michigan from July until September and can be purchased at local farmers’ markets across Michigan. These bites are full of flavor and make the perfect substitute for pizza. Eggplant’s are full of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, potassium and magnesium, not to mention have many health benefits. Try getting fresh herbs from the farmers market, such as basil, oregano or thyme, or buy the full plant to plant in your garden.

This recipe is a great way to sneak vegetables into your picky kids’ diet. Don’t worry if they don’t like a vegetable after trying it one time, it normally takes 10-15 tries for taste buds to develop a liking to food.

Learn more about Michigan’s farmers markets and how to make this dish from Channel 13 WZZM’s host Val Lego and Grace Derocha, RD, registered dietitian and health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan below.

Photo credit: Alyssa Hadrych, A Healthier Michigan

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grilled eggplant

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup chopped basil, fresh
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Eggplant Pizza Bites

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees or heat grill to medium-high heat.
2. Slice eggplant into thin, round bite size pieces.
3. Use a pastry brush to brush olive oil onto the tops of the eggplant slices.
4. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning to each slice on both sides.

If using an oven:
5. Place a wire rack onto a large baking pan. Set slices on wire rack and bake for 10 minutes.

If using a grill:
5. Place slices directly onto the grill. Grill each side for 3-5 minutes until lightly charred.

6. Spread tomato sauce onto each slice.
7. Sprinkle the parmesan and mozzarella over each slice.
8. Top with freshly chopped basil.
9. Bake or grill for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Nutrition information per:
Calories 169.7
Total Fat 10.6 g
Saturated Fat 4.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Cholesterol 22.0 mg
Sodium 418.0 mg
Potassium 426.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 12.3 g
Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
Sugars 1.4 g
Protein 10.0 g
Vitamin A 13.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.6 %
Vitamin B-6 8.2 %
Vitamin C 8.8 %
Vitamin E 2.5 %
Calcium 25.6 %
Copper 6.4 %
Folate 7.9 %
Iron 5.1 %
Magnesium 7.3 %
Manganese 14.3 %
Niacin 5.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 4.6 %
Phosphorus 6.3 %
Riboflavin 4.7 %
Selenium 1.8 %
Thiamin 5.5 %
Zinc 2.5 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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