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Eggplant Pizza

Pizza without cheese….  At first it was like all of the other things I’ve had to change, it just sounded disgusting and made me sad to think about trying it.  After having it several times now, however, it’s just another thing that you don’t miss once you cut it out.  In fact, it almost brings out the flavor of the sauce and toppings more when the pizza isn’t smothered in cheese.

I was looking for a something different (that wasn’t regular pizza with regular crust) to have for dinner (as is the case every week when I think about my grocery list) when I came across this recipe.  I have made lasagna with eggplant and zucchini, but otherwise I do not have much experience with using it in recipes.  It looked very easy to make, and you can pick whatever toppings you want to put on top, just like your favorite pizza.  My husband got home as I was assembling these, and he was excited because they reminded him of good ol’ “Bagel Bites.”  Those were tasty as a kid, but thinking about them now kinda makes my stomach turn :0  These eggplant pizzas are worth making!

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No-cheese Lasagna

When I used to make homemade lasagna, I was not skimpy on the cheese.  Most of the time I would use 2 bags of shredded cheese and one container of ricotta cheese for a 9×13 pan.  Lasagna is just not lasagna without that bubbling cheese and loads of sauce in my opinion.  So, when cutting dairy out of my diet it was not an option to just decrease the cheese in the lasagna and say everything would be okay.  I had made lasagna using zucchini as the noodles in the past, but it still had cheese in it.  I was unable to find a grain and dairy-free lasagna recipe that looked appetizing until recently (or maybe I was just pouting about the fact that I can’t have cheese).  I was actually quite surprised at how good this tasted, and all in all I didn’t miss the cheese.  My husband even liked it, and he would pick a pan of traditional lasagna over almost anything (except Mexican food) on most days.

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