I love Moussaka, reminds me of sitting outside a lovely taverna on a Greek Island
I made this meal when my kids came over for tea, my daughter-in-law is a vegetarian so I decided that rather than make two separate versions of Moussaka, I would make it using quorn mince (you can substitute the quorn for extra lean lamb mince), it went down a treat with everyone … A big hit …. I will definitely be making this again.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
2 large aubergines (or 4-5 courgettes if preferred)
4 or 5 potatoes sliced and par boiled (4 mins)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
300g Quorn mince
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
2 tsp chilli (or to taste)
For the white sauce
250g fat free natural yogurt or quark
2 large eggs
168g reduced fat Cheddar cheese, grated
If you have time, salt the aubergines and leave overnigt to remove water.
1. Slice the aubergines into 1cm thick discs and pat dry with kitchen roll. Gently fry them in a pan sprayed with Fryight until brown and the skin begins to crisp, and set aside.
2. Wipe the pan, spray with Fry Light again and cook the onions and garlic gently to soften, then add the Quorn mince, chopped tomatoes, cinnamon and chilli and bring to the boil. After 5 minutes reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Whilst the Quorn mixture is simmering, mix all the ingredients for the white sauce in a bowl until combined and smooth. (If using quark, add tepid water to soften the mixture, but to avoid cooking the egg).
4. Once cooked, layer an oven dish with half the aubergines, and a layer do the potato slices, top with the mince mixture, add another layer of aubergines, and top with the white sauce. Place in a pre-heated oven (200°C/Gas 6) for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Tip: You can use extra lean lamb or beef mince in place of Quorn mince, if preferred.
Substitute a layer of sliced potato in place of one of the layers of aubergine
Syns per serving:
Free on Extra Easy*, Green* and Original*
*Add 6 Syns per serving if not using reduced fat cheddar cheese as a Healthy Extra ‘a’ choice