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We love pizza, pasta and fries. And while we’re certainly not ones to deny our cravings, we know better than to give in to them every single time. So occasionally, when we’re pining for a carb-heavy dish, we swap in eggplant for some of the less virtuous ingredients to feel satiated but not overindulgent.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Eggplant Pizza

Top as you please.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Eggplant Parm Bites

Like cheesy Tater Tots…sans taters.

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Gourmande in the Kitchen

Baked Eggplant Fries with Goat Cheese Dip

You will want to dip everything into this creamy goat cheese spread.

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Entertaining with Beth

Eggplant Lasagna

An Italian dish with fewer carbs = our face with more smiles.

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What’s Gaby Cooking

Eggplant Chips with Cilantro Pesto

Crunch, crunch, crunch.

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Inspiralized

Eggplant Noodles with Chickpeas, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Raisins

And you thought zucchini was the only veggie you could noodle.

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Sweetashoney

Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic “Bread”

Swooooooon.

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Tastemade

Eggplant Beignets

Not Café du Monde, but pretty damn delicious.

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Cook Nourish Bliss

Eggplant Rollatini Quinoa Casserole

The lack of pasta makes your second serving less guilt-inducing.

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Baker By Nature

Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Breakfast Hash

And a good morning to you.

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Gourmandelle

Eggplant Fritters with Mushrooms and Herbs

No judgment if you melt a little cheese on top…

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Maya Kitchenette

Cheesy Eggplant Gratin

Because we’re kinda (really) into cheese.

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Food by Mars

Eggplant Benedict

A better brunch, right this way.

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A Sweet Life

Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta

The tomato mixture was always our favorite part anyway.

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Hip Foodie Mom

Grilled Eggplant Bun Burger

Maybe eat this guy with a knife and fork, though.

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