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Moussaka is a Middle Eastern baked main dish, typically made by layering slices of eggplant with a seasoned ground beef or lamb mixture. This protein-filled vegetarian version replaces the meat with white beans but will still delight any and all meat-eaters at your table.

Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Coat each eggplant slice on both sides with cooking spray. Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on an extra-large baking sheet. Broil the eggplant slices 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 4 to 6 minutes or just until tender, turning once. Set aside.

  • For the bean mixture, coat an unheated large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Preheat over medium heat. Add onion and garlic to skillet. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or just until tender, stirring frequently. Add beans, undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, cinnamon, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.

  • For the white sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and salt. Stir in milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in nutmeg.

  • Coat a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange half of the eggplant slices in the prepared dish. Spread the bean mixture over the eggplant; top with the remaining eggplant slices. Carefully pour the white sauce on top, spreading evenly to cover.

  • Combine breadcrumbs and oil in a medium bowl. Sprinkle over the white sauce mixture.

  • Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving
245 calories; protein 9.4g; carbohydrates 38.2g; dietary fiber 9g; sugars 7.3g; fat 6.1g; saturated fat 1.4g; cholesterol 4.9mg; vitamin a iu 163.1IU; vitamin c 9.5mg; folate 49.9mcg; calcium 136.5mg; iron 3.3mg; magnesium 20.8mg; potassium 273.9mg; sodium 558.6mg.

2 starch, 1 fat, 1 vegetable