Low-fat moussaka

Low-fat moussaka

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
A rich and comforting Greek classic without the calories, what's not to love?

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal289
  • fat8g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre5g
  • protein26g
  • salt1g
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  • 200g frozen sliced peppers



    Sometimes called bell peppers or capsicums, these sweet, mild peppers come in variety of colours…

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200g extra-lean minced beef
  • 100g red lentils
  • 2 tsp dried oregano, plus extra for sprinkling



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 500ml carton passata
  • 1 aubergine, sliced into 1½ cm rounds



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 4 tomatoes, sliced into 1cm rounds



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 25g Parmesan, finely grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 170g pot 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • freshly grated nutmeg

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  1. Cook the peppers gently in a large non-stick pan for about 5 mins – the water from them should stop them sticking. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more, then add the beef, breaking up with a fork, and cook until brown. Tip in the lentils, half the oregano, the passata and a splash of water. Simmer for 15-20 mins until the lentils are tender, adding more water if you need to.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the grill to Medium. Arrange the aubergine and tomato slices on a non-stick baking tray and brush with the oil. Sprinkle with the remaining oregano and some seasoning, then grill for 1-2 mins each side until lightly charred – you may need to do this in batches.

  3. Mix half the Parmesan with the yogurt and some seasoning. Divide the beef mixture between 4 small ovenproof dishes and top with the sliced aubergine and tomato. Spoon over the yogurt topping and sprinkle with the extra oregano, Parmesan and nutmeg. Grill for 3-4 mins until bubbling. Serve with a salad, if you like.

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Comments (26)

charlotte271292's picture

Had this for dinner tonight and loved it!
I used quorn and added some cinnamon for extra flavour.
Would cook the lentils for longer next time I think. I also grilled for 10mins.
Going to be a regular meal for us.

french_cook's picture

Absolutely delicious!
I used Qorn mince instead if beef and it was really tasty.
Brilliant dinner, with a crusty garlic baguette, yummy!
It does need to grill for 10-15mins though.
TRY IT, you won't regret it!

olgameow's picture

Really nice! I grilled it for 15 minutes though

taraw7778's picture

I used quorn instead of mince to lower the calories even more.

AnneMarieScully's picture

Made this without the tomatoes and I think it tasted really good. The lentils add a really good texture and bulk out the meat. I hadn't tried a yoghurt version of a cheese sauce before but it was really tasty. Kept well in the fridge too for leftovers

louise777's picture

Made this using lean lamb steaks finely chopped in place of the beef mince- absolutely delicious! I used extra Aubergine but it made 4 decent size portions

schilly777's picture

Just making this now - Aubergine and Toms took about 20 mins to brown under the grill - So would definitely say longer cooking time - Also used 200g Minced beef as 100g does not seem enough. Will let you know how it turns out - Especially to a partner who hates Aubergine........

ellendenise91's picture

I really love moussaka so I was looking forward to this, but I have to say I was disappointed.
The recipe doesn't add enough seasoning, I added extra oregano and cinnamon.
The lentils were an interesting addition, but I'm not sure they worked, the mince in itself was thick enough.
The biggest disappointment though, was the aubergines. Following the recipe they just did not cook and left a very bitter taste!
Won't be making again!

scottster's picture

I substitute the beef for quorn mince for and even healthier version. My entire family love this dish!

caroljefferson's picture

I am on a diet for my summer hols so doing lots of healthy recipes on GF, have lost 4 kilos without even noticing, just made this and hubby who eats like a horse didnt realise it was healthy or 2 teenage boys!!! served with salad and for them, lots of cruchy french bread, well done GF!!

millieg11's picture

Absolutely lovely an nice an easy. My 18 month old daughter enjoyed too!!

mhefferon's picture

We found this recipe a little bland and it didn't feed 4 people as a main meal. Maybe would if you had a starter and dessert. Nice combination and I would make again but it was missing something. Maybe needs some different cheese?

jennisalkeld's picture

Mine is definitely not moussaka! It's a nice recipe to play with: I don't like aubergine, so I used two large courgettes, and finely diced butternut squash instead of finely sliced tomatoes as I didn't have any - also used quorn mince and a ton of chili flakes... I put this into 4 Tupperware boxes and froze it for my lunches - omitted the yogurt topping as I was worried it wouldn't re-freeze well. I just sprinkled with oregano and Parmesan generously - it might not really be moussaka but it's lovely! Veg count means you get closer to your five a day and it's lovely and hearty. It froze well too - it's a good base recipe to play with! (Just don't expect moussaka -it's more like a special chili)

nat-ah-li's picture

Its not real moussaka but it is tasty. The lentils add a really nice texture but lamb would be better than beef. The use of yoghurt to bulk up the cheese is a really good idea and tastes great. 3.5/5

lizp3333's picture

I made this tonight but omitted the pepper as I am not keen on them. I also used Gruyere instead of Parmesan and about 3 times more (around 100g) The lentils made the mince very tasty - all in all a good dish.

clairehelenrhoden's picture

It was very nice but make sure you use 200g mince not 100g. Wasn't very filling so I had it with smoked paprika wedges, mmmm. Will be making this again!

rob120's picture

Just cooking this now, can't wait to try it :-)

marksapwell's picture

A lovely simple recipe, which went down well. I followed jonnysmum's advice and popped in a chopped red chilli as I wanted a little more flavour to the soy mince I was using.


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