Eggplant Pizza loaded with cancer-fighting ingredients

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Making the cut: For eggplant pizza, you need to slice one medium eggplant into 1/2-inch slices. | FILE PHOTO

From the American Cancer Society cookbook “Celebrate! Healthy Entertaining for Any Occasion,” Eggplant Pizza can be cut into small pieces to serve as an appetizer, or it can be a delicious light entrée.

The eggplant, artichokes and tomatoes are loaded with cancer-fighting nutrients, and count toward your five daily servings of fruit and vegetables.

To avoid the bitter taste of eggplant, salt both sides of the slices, let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse well in cool water. Pat the slices dry and use according to recipe.

Eggplant Pizza

1/2 package frozen bread dough, thawed

1/4 teaspoon olive oil

1 medium eggplant, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch slices and grilled until browned

8 Roma tomatoes, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch slices

1/2 cup artichoke hearts

1 tablespoon black olives, chopped

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Press bread dough onto a pizza pan or cookie sheet, forming a crust. Rub dough lightly with olive oil. Top crust with eggplant, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and olives.

Sprinkle with garlic salt, basil, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes on middle rack of oven until cheese is bubbling and crust is lightly browned.

Serves 8. Approximate per serving: 290 calories; 7 grams of fat.

The American Cancer Society