This moussaka lives up to its name - it really is absolutely packed with veggies! It's got lentils too, for protein, all under a creamy, cheesy topping. Delicious!
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Red Split Lentils
Worcester Sauce(ContainsCereals containing gluten)
Vegetable Stock Pot(ContainsCelery, Sulphites)
Ciabatta(ContainsCereals containing gluten)
Grated Hard Italian Style Cheese(ContainsMilk, Egg)
Preheat your grill to high. Cut the aubergine into 1cm thick slices. Halve, peel and chop the onion into ½cm pieces. Remove the top and bottom from the courgette and chop into ½cm chunks. Halve then remove the core from the yellow pepper and chop into 1cm pieces. Peel and grate all but one garlic clove (or use a garlic press). Cut the remaining garlic clove in half. Pick the oregano leaves from their stalks and finely chop (discard the stalks).
Put the aubergine slices on a baking tray in a single layer and drizzle over some oil. Season with a pinch of salt and a grind of black pepper. Grill for 8-9 mins on each side, until browned and soft. TIP: Keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn. If they aren't soft after this time, just leave them under your grill for a little longer. Remove and set aside.
Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the onion. Cook until soft, 5 mins. Add the courgette and pepper with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Cook until soft and slightly browned, 5 mins. Add the grated garlic, oregano, tomato purée and cinnamon stick. Cook for 1 minute more.
Next, add the lentils, Worcestershire sauce, vegetable stock pot and diced tomatoes. Refill the tin(s) a third with water and pour that in too. Add a pinch of sugar (if you have some). Simmer until the lentils are soft, 15-20 mins. If the sauce gets too dry, just add a splash of water.
Cut the ciabatta into 1cm thick slices and place them on another baking tray. Pop them under your grill for 2-3 mins on each side, then remove. Rub the cut side of the remaining garlic clove across both sides of the ciabatta slices. We call this 'cheat's garlic bread'!
When the tomato sauce is ready, remove the cinnamon stick and transfer the sauce to an ovenproof dish. Layer over the aubergine slices. Spoon on the crème fraîche and spread it out across the top. Sprinkle over the hard Italian cheese and add a grind of black pepper. Put the moussaka under your grill for 5 mins, or until the cheese is golden and bubbling. Serve in bowls with the cheat's garlic bread on the side. Enjoy!