Low-fat moussaka

Low-fat moussaka

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(41 ratings)

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



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 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

    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



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury


  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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2nd Oct, 2019
Terrible. No flavour, even after I adjusted with extra seasoning in the mince. Cooking times are too short, eggplant still undercooked and bitter, even after adding substantial cooking time. Very, very poor, this should be removed from the site.
2nd Apr, 2017
Very blunt and hardly four portions....
5th Oct, 2015
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.
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25th Jun, 2015
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!
7th Jun, 2015
Really nice! I grilled it for 15 minutes though
23rd Jan, 2015
I used quorn instead of mince to lower the calories even more.
4th Aug, 2014
Made! Posted it up on my blog eons ago ^ ^ http://julesthenorweegie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/low-fat-moussaka.html
15th Jul, 2014
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
12th Feb, 2014
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
2nd Jan, 2014
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........


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