WW Healthy Travel Recipe: Aubergine ‘Pizzas’

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As a keen budgeter and University Student, saving money on food is a necessity. But it’s not just pennies I’m conscious of losing, this year I’m trying to change my habits to form a more healthy lifestyle, it’s fair to say that meals on the go or enjoying holiday buffets whilst travelling have really taken their toll on the scales.

In 2018, I travelled around Asia on a strict veggie, but most often, a vegan diet and I gained a new insight on food (post coming soon). These days I’d class myself as a flexitarian (don’t worry I had to look it up first too, its a person who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, but occasionally eats meat), but I still only eat vegetarian or vegan food when I’m travelling.

That’s my long way of saying I’m starting a series on this blog to combine all of these elements: weight loss, healthy living and flexitarean diet on a student budget. These recipes are loosely based on Weight Watchers or from a recipe book but with low-cost or vegetarian alternatives that I often use when I stay in a self-catered apartment or everyday at my flat.

                                                                                                              

Aubergine Pizzas: £2.40

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You will need:

  • 1 onion (chopped into fine pieces) 30p / 0 points 
  • 1 clove of garlic (chopped) 25p / 0 points 
  • 1 can of tinned tomatoes 35p / 0 points 
  • 1/2 Reduced fat mozzarella (chopped) 80p / 3 points 
  • 1 aubergine 70p / 0 points 
  • 1 tsp oregano 0p / 0 points  (in cupboard)
  • calorie controlled cooking spray 0p / 0 points  (in cupboard)

Total Cost: £2.40

Total Points: 3

Create your base:

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Preheat the oven to 200°C and slice each aubergine in half, then half lengthways, each piece will be about 1.5cm thick. Place your aubergine slices onto a wire rack and mist with cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden, turning over and misting with cooking spray again halfway through the cooking time.

Making the Sauce: 

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Whilst you’re waiting for the aubergines to cook, start to make the sauce. Mist a pan with cooking spray and cook the onion for about 5 minutes, then add the garlic, oregano and chopped tomatoes for a further few minutes. Simmer for 10 minutes before spreading across the aubergines when they’re cooked and at a suitable temperature. (I love chunky tomato sauce and it adds flavour to the ‘pizzas’ by piling it on there)
Add your Toppings:
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Add mozzarella slices and anything you want on top (I had some mushrooms and tomatoes lying around in the kitchen and they worked really well) Place under the grill for 2-3 minutes until the mozzarella is melted and golden (remember to add extra time for other toppings like peppers).
If you’re feeling extra fancy then garnish with basil leaves, then enjoy before they go cold!
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Tried & Tested: Save your extra sauce to have with some pasta (6 points, 65p) for a separate meal. That makes two main meals for just 8 points and £3.05!
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Yes, I know that this isn’t your standard foodie post, I don’t have fancy lighting or old kitchen sample blocks to display my food on. But I’m a student, spending £2.40 on a meal. It’s hard to strike that balance between authentic and aesthetic, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to use this to map my progression with my blog. Started from the bottom and all that.
I would love some recommendations to keep me going, leave a comment below or tweet me with what you like to cook on a budget x
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