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Light Moussaka recipe

Cheesy baked eggplant for a light and tasty moussaka. The ultimate makeover for the eggplant lovers in your home.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 317.9kcal
Author: Amira


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil.
  • 1 medium onion diced.
  • 1 pound ground beef. Note1
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice.
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 2 or more eggplants.
  • 2 cups (16oz) tomato sauce. Note2
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese- I used low fat mozzarella.


  • In a skillet over medium heat, add oil then saute onion for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the ground beef breaking it apart to brown.
  • Add spices, salt, tomato paste and half the tomato sauce.
  • Mix everything well and leave it to cook for 5 minutes.
  • While the meat is cooking, cut each eggplant lengthwise in half.
  • Scoop the flesh with a spoon, core the eggplant halves to the desired thickness preferably 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Sprinkle each eggplant half with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff the eggplants with the meat mixture and put in your oven dish.
  • Pour the remaining tomato sauce over your stuffed eggplants.
  • Put in a 350F preheated oven for 15 minutes or until almost done.
  • Take it out and sprinkle with the cheese, stick it again in the oven until the cheese is melted and golden brown.


Note1: You can use any ground meat you like or a combination.
Note2: You can also make this with store bought or homemade marinara sauce.
Serve with pita bread, rice or with a side of salad.
Nutrition values are calculated using about 1 teaspoon of pink salt.
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Calories: 317.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 19.3g | Fat: 18.8g | Saturated Fat: 6.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9.1g | Cholesterol: 53.2mg | Sodium: 845.7mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 3.8g | Sugar: 6.3g