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Reviving Tradition: Mouthwatering Vegan Moussaka Recipe
Moussaka is a traditional Greek dish that is typically made with meat and dairy products. But with the growing popularity of veganism, more and more people are looking for plant-based alternatives to their favorite meat-based recipes. This vegan moussaka recipe offers all the delicious flavors and textures of the classic dish without any animal products. Plus, it’s packed with healthy vegetables and spices!
- 2 medium eggplants, sliced
- 2 medium zucchinis, sliced
- 1 cup cooked lentils
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Slice eggplants and zucchinis and place them in a bowl. Drizzle with 1/4 cup of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat well.
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the sliced vegetables on it. Roast for about 20 minutes or until soft and slightly browned.
- While the vegetables are roasting, heat a pan over medium heat and add diced onions. Cook for about 3 minutes or until translucent. Add minced garlic and cook for another 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and lentils. Season with cinnamon, oregano, nutmeg, and allspice. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
- Grease a casserole dish with olive oil and sprinkle the bottom with breadcrumbs. Place a layer of roasted eggplant slices, followed by a layer of roasted zucchinis slices, and then a layer of lentil tomato sauce. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used up.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crisp.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.
This vegan moussaka recipe is a perfect way to revive the traditional Greek dish and offer a healthier option to those who follow a plant-based diet. It’s easy to make and can be a great addition to your weekly meal plan. Try it out and let us know how it turned out for you!