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Dr Clare and Justine’s Individual Moussakas

Dr Clare Bailey and Justine Pattison

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Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 40 mins


2 medium aubergines (each around 240g)

2 tsp olive oil

400g lamb mince, around 20% fat

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1 tsp dried oregano

½ tsp dried mint

1 × 400g can chopped tomatoes

1 lamb or beef stock cube

1 tbsp tomato purée

150g feta

Veg Portions / Serving: 2


Kitchen Ninja

Recipe from The Fast 800 Easy: Quick and simple recipes to make your 800-calorie days even easier by Dr Clare Bailey and Justine Pattison (Short Books).

Aubergines, with their delicious silky flesh, contain lots of antioxidants and are said to reduce blood sugars and aid weight loss. This is an easy and delicious way to enjoy them.


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas 6.

2. Cut the aubergines in half lengthways and score the flesh in a criss-cross pattern without cutting all the way through to the skin. Place the aubergine halves in a shallow ovenproof dish, cut side up, and brush with the oil. Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until softened and lightly browned.

3. Meanwhile, place the mince in a large non-stick frying pan with the onion and fry over a medium heat for 6–8 minutes, or until onion has softened, stirring and breaking up the meat. Sprinkle over the garlic, oregano and mint and cook for a few seconds more.

4. Add the tomatoes, crumbled stock cube and tomato purée and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Season to taste.

5. Remove the aubergines from the oven and spoon the mince mixture on top. Crumble the feta over the mince and return to the oven for 10 minutes, or until the feta is softened and lightly browned.

6. Remove from the oven and serve with a large green salad.


COOK’S TIP: The moussakas can be frozen for up to 1 month, after topping with feta but before roasting. Defrost thoroughly then reheat in the oven at 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas 6 for 20–25 minutes, or until hot throughout.

Kids in the kitchen:

Get the kids brushing oil over the criss-crossed aubergines and spoon the meat mixture over them when cooked. Have them crumble the feta over it all.

Dr Clare Bailey and Justine Pattison

Dr Clare Bailey, wife of Michael Mosley, is a GP and bestselling author of The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book and The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book. Justine Pattison is one of the UK's leading healthy-eating recipe writers.

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