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Moussaka MasterChef Australia

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The Scoop Nutrition team have had another great session this week running workshops for chefs on special diets and allergen management. When it comes to chefs and dietitians, I truly believe the twain can meet. There is a place for gourmet, dining out deliciousness, just as there is the right approach to everyday cooking for good health. As we move into finals week for MasterChef 2011 in Australia, the show has certainly created ongoing controversy. This week we share the views of another dietitian:

About our expert:

Kate Bullen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who happily admits to loving chocolate. Kate is mum to two young children who have inspired her to recently launch with another APD, Sophie McGough. The site provides dietitian online services and a free nutrition blog. Kate’s passion lies in making healthy eating simpler for everyone, and you will often hear Kate saying that food is there to be enjoyed.

I am a big fan of MasterChef. In fact I think anything that encourages home cooking has to be good. But sometimes I do sit there watching the show and wishing they would use a little less fat in their cooking, or add a few more vegies. So I thought it would be a useful exercise to ‘makeover’ one of the MasterChef recipes – to show that we can still have the wow factor of MasterChef but not blow all of our daily kilojoule allowance.

George’s Mum came along to a Friday night Masterclass and made this moussaka recipe. It looks delicious, authentic and rustic – but it’s also deceptively high in kilojoules. There are many things I like about this recicpe – the inclusion of eggplant is fantastic. But I think the nutritional value of this recipe could be greatly improved. So I went to work in my test kitchen:

Do you eat? Moussaka

MasterChef Moussaka

  • 4 eggplants
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 300g lamb mince
  • 200g veal mince
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon lemon thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
  • 2 cinnamon quills
  • 250g crushed tomatoes
  • 400g passata
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 large potatoes, sliced 5mm thick

Bechamel

  • 100g margarine
  • 100g plain flour
  • 600ml reduced fat milk, warmed
  • 50g keflagraviera or parmesan cheese, grated
  • 50g reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Extra reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 eggplants, sliced 5mm thick
  • 2-3 tablespoons salt
  • 100g pork mince
  • 100g veal mince
  • 400g tomato passata
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 100g butter
  • 600ml full cream milk, warmed
  • 100g keflagraviera cheese, grated
  • Extra keflagraviera cheese, grated
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