Eeeek!!! The holidays are right around the corner. Am I the only one freaking out? It’s officially go time, time to make some decisions on what the food list is going to look like. And this, this is going to be top of my list this year. Greek vegan moussaka is the perfect main dish to replace that boring old turkey! Creamy, satisfying and delicious. And, it’s based on my Greek mothers authentic recipe, this is the real deal people.
Two things that make creating a vegan moussaka challenging:
The béchamel and meat sauce. The béchamel I knew I could do, easy peasy done. The meat sauce was a little trickier. I went with the traditional lentil base because I really like the texture of the lentils, but I wanted a little more to it. That’s where I added some chickpeas and walnuts to the mix. I went with the dried chickpeas (soaked overnight) because I think they have a much meatier texture. Cooking both the walnuts and the chickpeas with the rest of the sauce helped soften them a bit, and pulsing the mixture at the end gave it that perfect consistency. I love the added layer of texture and flavor these gave to the vegan moussaka!
After the success of my Greek Vegan Pastitsio, this vegan moussaka has been on my list of family recipes to create and post, so when Ralphs came to me and asked if I wanted to be part of the their Thanksgiving campaign and create a recipe to show people how great a plant-based main dish can be for the holidays, I knew this would be the perfect time! I ran to my nearest Ralphs, grabbed some of my favorite Ralphs Private Selection and Simple Truth Organic products and got busy in the kitchen. I think I hit it out of the park with this one.
So are you ready to do this? I promise you will love this creamy indulgent version of traditional moussaka. It is a hit with my Greek family, and they aren’t easy to please. And a little trick I learned for one member that can’t stand the eggplant, you can always sub with potatoes or zucchini! Not the original idea, but it does the trick!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ralphs. The opinions and text are all mine.