Healthy Moussaka

Since I've finished placement and become an unemployed mess, I have been trying to cook 'proper' meals at least twice a week. I decided I wanted to make these meals quite healthy too, obviously in an attempt to eat better myself, but also because my Mum is doing Slimming World and I wanted to make dinners that we could all eat.

Soo one recipe that I thought I would share with you is for this low fat moussaka (only 289 calories per serving). I gave it a try and was actually surprised by how good it tasted!


- 3 tsps garlic paste (or three cloves)
- dried oregano
- nutmeg
- 200g peppers
- 200g lean mince
- 100g red split lentils
- 500ml passata
- 1 aubergine
- 4/5 tomatoes
- 150g 0% fat greek yoghurt
- 25g parmesan


1. Slice the peppers and add them to the pan (no oil needed). Cook them on a low to medium heat for around 5 minutes, and then add the garlic and cook for a few minutes more.

2. Add the mince to the mix and cook until brown, I had to break up the meat with a fork first as it tends to all stick together.

3. Pour in all of the passata, lentils and one teaspoon of dried oregano. This is also where I did the standard salt and pepper seasoning bit. The passata we had at home had basil in, so that added a bit of extra flavour, I would recommend it if you can find it.

4. Simmer for about 20 minutes, adding more water to get the right consistency - what I did was fill up the passata carton and used the tomatoe-y water when I needed to (no wastage!). The mix is ready when the lentils have softened or are 'tender'.

5. While the sauce is bubbling away, you will need to cut the aubergine and tomatoes into disks ready for grilling. Arrange them on baking trays and cover each side with salt, pepper, some oregano and oil. I used low fat oil spray for this. They then need to be grilled for about 2 minutes on each side.

6. Start to layer up and ovenproof dish with the meaty sauce, then aubergines and tomatoes and repeat until you have used it all. To make the cheesy topping, mix the yoghurt and parmesan together and spoon over the top. I finished with a little extra parmesan (you can never have too much cheese!), some oregano and some nutmeg.

7. Pop it in the oven at about 180 degrees for 5 minutes, or until the topping is golden. Unfortunately by this point I had stopped taking photos of my dinner as I had become distracted with making an Instagram video about it - I know, rookie mistake! But hopefully you can find it here to see the finished product..

I served this with a greek side salad, and a low fat eton mess for desert. So there it is, a filling and nutritious main meal for under 300 calories! I'd love to find some more like this, do you have any low fat recipes for your favourite dinners?

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