Family-Style Moussaka

Recipe by Dr Sue Shepherd


425ml Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite

1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

350g lean beef mince

1/2 tsp dried oregano

Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste

1 medium carrot, diced

1 stick celery, sliced

440g can diced tomatoes

300ml water to just under 1 tsp gluten free beef stock

1 large (about 450g) eggplant, sliced

30g dairy free reduced fat spread

45g gluten free plain flour

1 tsp ground nutmeg

Freshly ground salt and pepper, extra, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan forced) and lightly grease a 5 cup capacity ovenproof dish.
  2. Heat 1/2 tbsp of oil in a heavy based medium saucepan. Cook the onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Add the mince, oregano and salt and pepper and brown for 4 minutes, breaking up any lumps with a fork.
  3. Add the carrot, celery, tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes while partially covered and stirring occasionally. Remove cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  4. Meanwhile, lightly brush the eggplant with the remaining oil. Heat a large heavy based non-stick frying pan. Cook the sliced eggplant for 4 minutes over a low heat, sprinkle over 2 tablespoons of water and turn over.
  5. Cook for a further 4-5 minutes or until golden and softened. Set aside.
  6. Melt the spread in a medium sized non-stick saucepan. When hot and foamy, stir in the flour. Cook over a low heat stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes or until lightly golden.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually add the Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite, whisking constantly until smooth. Add a pinch of the nutmeg and season to taste.
  8. Return the pan to a medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly until sauce boils and thickens. Remove from heat.
  9. Place the eggplant slices in the base of the prepared dish. Spread with the meat sauce and pour over the white sauce.
  10. Sprinkle with extra nutmeg, salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes or until firm.
  11. Stand for 5 minutes before serving. Delicious served with a mixed garden salad.

Tip: Meat sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance.