Moussaka is a classic Mediterranean dish usually made with cream and wheat, but this recipe is gluten and and dairy free and aptly called Paleo Moussaka.
Moussaka is thought to have originated in Turkey. It has been adapted many times by the Eastern Europeans, Greeks, Italians, and Americans. The word moussaka has Arabic origins meaning chilled.
Your family will never know anything is missing and you are welcome to adapt the recipe as you see fit. I saw many versions of this recipe when I was researching that were complicated and had many steps.
I know most people are very busy and they just want the flavor without all the fuss. My version will not require cooking classes but will still wow your family or any dinner guest. Hope you enjoy it!
Bechamel white sauce is really easy so do not let it intimidate you. I tried to break it down into easy to understand and follow steps. It used to scare me too but once you make it once or twice you will be an old pro!Print
(always use organic ingredients whenever possible)
This dish is similar to the many dishes in a new cookbook that I wrote with my husband who was raised on the Mediterranean sea. We took many of the traditional dishes he was raised with and adapted them to fit Paleo and Weston A. Price guidelines. We have mouthwatering dishes such as Harirra, merguez, tagines and kebabs.
Bringing the flavors home to you:
We are putting all the fresh flavors of the Southern Mediterranean together in a wonderful new book!
It has all the flavors of the region without the hard to digest grains and legumes. Most recipes will work with healing lifestyles including: Paleo, Primal, Gaps, SCD and low carb diets.
If you eat soaked and sprouted grains feel free to add them to any dish for a comforting meal. These nourishing recipes will cover all the gastronomic bases with plenty of extras.
About the author:
Caitlin Weeks has many years experience as a nutritionist and personal trainer but now works full time on her food/nutrition blog at Grass Fed Girl. She lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband who is a professional chef who specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. Her favorite things are cooking, farmers markets and long walks by the ocean.
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