Grilled Eggplant Moussaka With Flaxseed #BakeForACure #SundaySupper



This post is dedicated to  Katy Richards, a dear friend of mine who is a breast cancer survivor and a beautiful strong woman !

I am super excited to be participating in #SundaySupper this week. We are partnering with Chantal Cookware in their “Bake For A Cure ” event in support of October being  ” Breast Cancer Awareness Month ” ! We are all baking pies and giving them to  a cancer research facility or anyone who has been affected by cancer . The cause for ‘Breast Cancer” is very dear to my heart. My grandma had it and other people in my family have been affected by cancer. I am really excited to be baking this pie for Katy Richards who is a dear friend of mine. I ‘ve written more about her below.  As an added bonus, I received a fabulous pie dish from Chantal Cookware to bake my pie. Moussaka is one of my favorite dishes. It’ s a Greek dish with eggplant and meat. I made a few changes to the usual recipe. I grilled the eggplant instead of frying it. It tastes even better and cuts down calories by half. I substituted beef with ground turkey and I spiced the turkey so it tasted like beef. I also added a generous helping of flax meal to the meat. I made the white sauce with coconut oil instead of butter and it was so creamy. Not that I have anything against butter once in a while, but I have been on a coconut oil spree lately and love using it in my cooking. I used cornflour instead of white flour to the white sauce  to make it gluten-free and added some Greek yogurt to the sauce.  The Greek yogurt gives it a rich taste and makes the sauce feel like it has cheese in it.  A healthier version of moussaka, but so yummy ! Katie hasn’t eaten my pie yet, but I made some for the family mid-week and they loved it !!


About Katy

Katy is a dear friend of mine who I met at my church, about 10 yrs ago. We were both pregnant with our youngest kids around the same time and have spent some  time over the years at our’s kid’s activities. A little more than a year back when Katie was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock, but she took it in her stride and started a beautiful blog journalizing snippets of her life in her journey through cancer. Through her blog and her life she has touched many people with her strength and laughter through everything.  I am so proud to be her friend and am honored to bake this pie for her. You can check out her blog here



My experience of baking with Chantal Cookware

This dish was a beautiful vibrant burgundy which is one of my favorite colors. It is also very sturdy and easy to clean. What I like most about it was the fact that I could slice the pie and scoop it out without it sticking to the dish. When you make a crust-less pie like I did you know how important that is. Best of all look how pretty it looked on my kitchen table half eaten and all. All Chantal’s dishes are so colorful. If you are interested, they will be running an online promotion during the #BakeForaCure event. The promotion includes a discount coupon code -> BAKE4CURE. The discount will be 20% OFF of ALL Chantal Pie dishes on The code must be entered at checkout to receive the pie dish discount. The coupon discount code is active October 16, 2012 through October 30, 2012 (exactly 2 weeks long). You can also keep up with the latest from Chantal on their websitetwitterfacebook, and Pinterest !



Nutrition Wise !

Eggplants are bursting with phytonutrients  that act as antioxidants that help to reduce the number of free radicals in the body which damage cells and may contribute to certain diseases, including some cancers and heart diseases. Eggplants are also a good source of dietary fiber, which can help improve cardiovascular and digestive health. Adding flax which is one my favorite superfoods adds to the cancer protective feature and boosts the fiber. Lean turkey is a good source of protein and coconut oil adds some healthy fat and so much flavor !




Grilled Eggplant Moussaka with Flaxmeal

Serves 8-12
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot


  • 2 Large eggplant
  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 4 Small red potatoes (chopped into cubes)
  • 2 teaspoons flax meal
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 Pods garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mint
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 heaped teaspoons corn flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano


Cut eggplant lengthwise into half and slice the halves in ½ inch pieces. Spray nonstick coating on baking sheet, place eggplant slices and sprinkle with salt. Grill or Bake 10 -12 minutes at 450 degrees till golden brown and soft. Remove from oven.
Sauté sliced onion in olive oil. Add garlic, oregano pepper, flax meal and meat and cook for 8-10 minutes till cooked. Add salt and chili flakes.
Cut red potatoes into small pieces. Microwave for 8 minutes till cooked. Add to turkey mixture.
Heat coconut oil, add corn flour and mix without lumps. Slowly add milk constantly stirring till you get a smooth sauce that coats the spoon. Add salt and pepper. Take off flame and stir in Greek yogurt.
Layer the moussaka by placing on layer of eggplant followed by a layer of meat, potato mixture and another layer of grilled eggplant. Pour white sauce over the layered pie. Add some slices of eggplant.Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes till golden brown.


These #SundaySupper Contributors, were provided with a beautiful Easy As Pie Dish by Chantal Cookware.  They will be sharing their recipes with you this Sunday and also their thoughts on this Beautiful Pie Dish.   Many are giving away their dish along with their pie to brighten someone’s day.

Check out these gorgeous Sunday Supper Recipes:

As you may have noticed, when the #SundaySupper Team does something, we come together and do it with a bang.   Check out these additional recipes, perfect to take to someone who you want to make feel special this month.

The Sunday Supper Team and Chantal Cookware, would be honored to have you join us for this special #BakeForACure event Around the Family Table this week.

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About Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Registered Dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy ( quite a combo) Nutrition Geek, Healthy Nut.........


  1. Beautiful and such a wonderful savory pie.

  2. Eggplant moussaka is one of my absolute favorite dishes! It looks wonderful Suni, and I´m glad you´re able to share it with your friend Katy!

  3. Wow – I have never tried eggplant moussaka before, but your recipe sounds amazing!!!! It looks like such a wonderful dish to share around the dinner table; I’m putting this one on my to-do list!

  4. I love eggplant and I love your tribute to your friend!

  5. Wonderful Sue! Thanks for sharing all the info on Eggplant too!

  6. I love the healthy updates you’ve made to traditional moussaka – turkey, flaxseed, grilling the eggplant, etc. I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try!

  7. Love this healthy version!! Thank you for sharing with us. Best of wishes to Katy!

  8. Thanks for introducing us to Katy! She is an inspiration! Your moussaka looks fantastic…nice to balance out all the other desserts with a delicious, healthy entree! Happy #SundaySupper, my friend~

  9. What a delicious moussaka and for such a good cause:)

  10. What a wonderful tribute to your friend. I cant wait until we find a cure for this horrible disease. I love the moussaka. It would make a wonderful Lenten meal.

  11. We LOVE Moussakka here! Your version looks wonderful

  12. Thank you for sharing Katy’s story and including a link to her blog. What a strong, amazing woman! And your moussaka looks divine, especially with the healthy make-over.

  13. What a great pie to make for your amazing friend!

  14. This is a lovely twist on moussaka!

  15. Yum, yum, yum! The Moussaka looks great. My son LOVES eggplant, too.

  16. I’m so grateful that you shared your friend Katy’s story. I know that woman are strong in general but women get even more stronger when they are faced with adversity. I love your moussaka dish. I’ve been thinking of making moussaka for awhile and now I have a great recipe from a source I trust. that’s you!

  17. Nice recipe, attractive presentation and a fitting tribute to a survivor! Thanks for sharing and best wishes to Katy!

  18. This has a really unique combination of ingredients and is definitely a much healthier option than my usual eggplant parm… plus, I really like that this is a one dish meal.

  19. A magnificent dish for an even better cause! Your friend is an extremely strong woman and you’re a tremendous friend for lending your skills and expertise to aid such a worth cause! Bake for a Cure = Fantastic Campaign!

  20. Hi,
    What a good recipe..I think if you are alone at home and you are hungry then you must try this recipe..interesting combination of all ingredients…
    Thanks for sharing with us…


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