Mexican tomato and bean soup

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 long red chili, half finely chopped, half thinly sliced 2 x 400g cans diced Tomatoes 1 cup vegetable stock 400g can red kidney beans, rinsed, drained 1 avocado, diced 1 ripe tomato, seeded, diced 1/3 cup coriander…

Greek chicken

Ingredients (serves 4) 8 small chicken thighs on the bone, skin on 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 2 onions, quartered 1 red capsicum (bell pepper), cut into strips 1 yellow capsicum (bell pepper), cut into strips 3 garlic cloves, crushed 40ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 400g can diced tomatoes 12 black…

You can avoid hot flashes by changing your diet

“Healing With Vitamins” author Alice Feinstein writes, “If you’re fed up with menopause, move to Japan. In the Land of the Rising Sun, hot flashes and night sweats are virtually unheard of. Researchers believe that it has more to do with their traditional diet. Besides providing more vegetable protein and less animal protein than a…

Bean and tomato soup

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 leek (white part only), rinsed, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1 teaspoon tomato paste 410g canned crushed tomatoes 1.25L (5 cups) chicken stock 800g canned borlotti beans, drained, rinsed 16 cherry tomatoes, roasted Method Heat the oil in a…

Ratatouille

Ingredients (make 8 cups) 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 (about 500g) zucchini (baby marrow), halved lengthways, cut crossways into 2cm-thick slices 2 red capsicums (bell pepper), halved, deseeded, cut into 2cm pieces 1 large (about 500g) eggplant, cut into 2cm pieces 1 brown onion, halved, coarsely chopped 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 x 800g can…

Five great weight loss foods

While diets can’t be perfect, it is still possible to lose weight by eating the right kinds of foods. A combination of good foods can actually be the key to losing stubborn excess weight quickly and naturally. It would be wise to consider incorporating the following foods into a weight loss diet regimen. 1. Pistachios…

Baked vegetables al forno

Ingredients (serves 8) 2 yellow bell peppers, cut into 3cm pieces 2 red bell peppers, cut into 3cm pieces 450g (about 1-2) golden nugget pumpkin, seeds removed, cut into 3cm pieces 2 red onions, skin on, cut into wedges 2 brown onions, skin on, cut into 5mm-thick slices 1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into…