16 December 2015

Moussaka!

I absolutely love this vegetable packed layered style casserole.  It freezes and travels well too! 


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Ingredients:

2 large potatoes
1 large eggplant
2 small zucchinis
Olive oil for roasting

1 medium onion
1 big garlic clove
2 cups of cooked brown or green lentils
Fresh oregano, thyme or basil
Pinch of ground cinnamon

3 cups tomato sauce

1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs

Daiya cheese (optional)



Pine Nut Cream (adapted from Veganomicon)
Blend the following ingredients until smooth:

1/2 cup raw pine nuts, could probably sub cashews or sunflower seeds
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
12oz pack silken tofu
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
2 tsp arrowroot powder
1.5 cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
White or black pepper to taste



Directions for moussake
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- You'll need an 8x8" glass baking dish for the casserole and a couple baking sheets lined with parchment for roasting the vegetables.
- Slice the potatoes, eggplant and zucchini lengthwise into 1/2" strips.
- If your eggplant is large and/or old, you may need to salt and drain the sliced eggplant to remove bitterness. To do this, generously salt the slices and allow the bitter juices to drain in a colander in the sink for about 20 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.
- Place the veggies on the baking sheets and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with a small amount of salt. Bake for 20 minutes or until nicely browned!
- Next, fry onion and garlic until browned and add the cooked lentils and fresh herbs. Add a few tablespoons of tomato sauce and continue to cook 10 or so more minutes. Set aside.
- Time to start layering! This is how I layered it all:
Tomato sauce, eggplant, tomato sauce, bread crumbs, potato, tomato sauce, pine nut cream, eggplant, tomato sauce, all of the lentil mixture, tomato sauce, potato, zucchini, tomato sauce... the rest of the pine nut cream!
- Top with tomato slices, some whole pine nuts and Daiya cheese!
- Bake for about 30 minutes, you should start to see the sauce bubbling up along the sides of the baking dish and the cheese topping will get melty!
- Try to let it cool before digging in! It'll hold its shape better.

ENJOY! :)





4 comments:

  1. That looks delicious! I'm serious. I've been gone awhile, but it's so good to see that you're posting regularly.

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  2. Wow, I will have to try this :) Sounds delicious

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  3. Moussaka- the name is interesting the shape and look is interesting and i believe so do will be the taste thanks for sharing the recipe i will do give it a try

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