Greek food is my favourite kind of food after Mexican. I guess it is all the feta. Although the Mediterranean diet is known as being one of the healthiest in the world, and it is, a lot of the dishes can be lightened up on the cream and cheese to make a healthier dish, which is exactly what I have done with this health moussaka.
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I love Greece and I have visited a few different islands, but I would love to spend 3 or 4 weeks island hopping. Going to all the smaller, less touristy islands and eating in little tavernas and staying in local guest houses. That’s the dream anyway. I will just add it to the list of trips I want to go on. Have you been to Greece? Share some of your highlights with me.
Oh do I have a throw back picture for you. I was looking through my old photos, you know, the ones you keep in photo albums rather than on your computer and phone, to see if I had any from my trips to Greece. I wanted to share with you some beautiful scenery photos, perhaps a picture or 2 of a delicious Greek meal, but I found none of that. I found a lot of photos from nights out and very few photos in day light. I guess that kind of sums up my trips when I was younger.
I promise, I did see the sites and eat delicious Greek food. I guess I just wasn’t as obsessed with photographing everything like I am now. What I did find though was this photo. Oh. My God. I still get shocked when I see photos of the “old me”, as I can’t really believe that was ever me. It has also made me think that perhaps I was bigger than what I thought I was at my biggest. I never weighed myself during this time, and only weighed myself about 5 years later when I was actually a bit smaller, but I always note that as my biggest. Anyway, I am keeping this photo somewhere as a reminder never to let myself get back there.
Now we have that little flash back out of the way, I can share with you my moussaka recipe. I have lightened it up by using lean beef mince, rather than lamb or regular beef mince and I have used Greek yoghurt to make the sauce, rather than a traditional white sauce with butter and flour. I also topped it with a little feta, because it is a strong cheese and you don’t need as much of it. I mentioned that I like feta, right?
This freezes really well, so put any leftovers in the freezer for a quick and healthy weekday meal.
Ingredients – Serves 6:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 500g/1lb lean beef mince
- 2 cans chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato puree (tomato paste)
- 2 tbsp oregano
- A pinch of cinnamon
- A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 medium aubergines (eggplants), sliced in to rounds
- 2 medium potatoes, sliced in to rounds
- 8 tbsp 0% Greek yoghurt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 60g/2oz feta cheese
1) Put the sliced aubergine on a baking tray and cook at 200C/390F for 15 minutes until softened
2) Put the potato slices in a pan of boiling water and par boil for 7 minutes. Once cooked, drain and rinse under cold water so they are easy to handle.
3) Add the oil to a large pan and soften the onions. Add the mince and cook for 10 minutes.
4) Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, oregano, cinnamon, garlic and salt and pepper and simmer for 5 minutes.
5) Meanwhile, make the topping by mixing together the Greek yoghurt and the egg.
6) Now it is time to start layering. In the bottom of a dish, add some of the beef mixture and top with the slices of potato and aubergine. Repeat this layering until you have run out of food or space, but leave a little space on top for the yoghurt mixture.
7) Pour the yoghurt mixture on top and crumble over the feta and a little more black pepper.
8) Put back in to the oven for around 20 minutes.
What is your favourite Greek dish? Leave a comment below.
Nutritional Information – per person
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