Prep 35 mins
Cook 35 mins
Moussaka is Delish, but it's SOO fattening. SBD not only cuts the carbs out of it, but also lowers the fat to make it a HEALTHY dish! (healthy and moussaka in the same sentence, how do you like that?)
- 1 large eggplant, ends trimmed, cut widthwise into 1/4-inch thick rounds (about 1 1/4 lbs)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (15 ounce) can lentils, drained
- 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juices
- 1⁄4 cup chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup fat-free half-and-half
- 1⁄2 cup egg substitute (such as egg beaters)
- 1⁄8 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1⁄8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Lightly coat eggplant slices with olive oil (I use a pastry brush, dipped and give each side one quick swipe) and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake until softened and golden turning once, 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add lentils, tomatoes, and their juices, parsley, oregano, cinnamon, salt, and a pinch of pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 20 minutes.
- While eggplant and lentils are cooking, in a medium bowl, whisk together half-and-half, egg beaters 1/8 cup of the cheese, and nutmeg.
- Lightly coat an 8- by 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange one-third of the eggplant slices in a single layer in the dish. Spread half of the lentil mixture over the top. Repeat with remaining eggplant and lentil mixture, ending with a layer of eggplant. Pour half-and-half mixture over vegetables and sprinkle with remaining 2 tbsp cheese. Cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake moussaka, covered, 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until heated through and golden on top. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Serve warm. (if you’re freezing this, cut the moussaka into portions prior to freezing) reheats beautifully.
This was a GREAT idea. Delicious. I changed it a bit, I made the white filling out of part-skim ricotta and fat free yogurt with one egg. But the eggplant with lentils totally satisfied by moussaka itch. Thanks for the post.