Pizza never seems to get old; the melted cheese, unlimited options of toppings, oh the possibilities. Unfortunately, one slice of pizza is loaded with calories, fat, carbohydrates and sodium. It's one of those meals you reserve for an occasional treat.
But, why not make a healthier version you can enjoy daily? These mexi-buffalo eggplant mini pizzas are easy to make, full of nutritional benefits and yummy in the tummy without the guilt. Fun fact: buffalo has 3.5 times less fat, is lower in cholesterol, has more iron and B-12 and contains 35 percent more protein than beef.
- 1 large eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch slices
- Olive oil spray
- Ground grass-fed buffalo
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1 to 3 Laughing Cow cheese wedge(s), Queso Fresco and Chipotle flavor
- 1/4 cup Mexican Four Cheese, shredded made with 1 or 2-percent milk
- The following seasonings: oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, Mrs. Dash Southwestern Chipotle and salt and pepper to taste
- Lightly spray a nonstick sheet pan with olive oil cooking spray, lay the eggplant slices on the sheet and lightly spray the slices with oil and season with oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
- Roast the eggplant in a preheated 400-degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. You want to them to be too mushy, just tender. Broil on high for the last two minutes to crisp and brown the edges.
- While the eggplant is cooking, sauté the onions in a pan on medium heat. Once the onions start to caramelize, add the ground buffalo. Stir with the onions for about one minute then add in a dash of the following: garlic powder, onion powder, Mrs. Dash Southwestern Chipotle, pepper and salt to taste. Continue cooking until the buffalo is fully brown. During the last one to two minutes, add in the spinach and cook until it wilts. Set buffalo mixture aside.
- Spread about a half of a Laughing Cow cheese wedge on top of each cooked eggplant. Layer with buffalo mixture, then top with a sprinkle of the shredded cheese.
- Broil until the cheese has melted, about 2 to 4 minutes.
- Eat up.
Nutritional facts of buffalo from: http://www.fullcirclebisonranch.com/grass-fed-buffalo-meat/