Moussaka rolls

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 large (800g) eggplant, cut lengthways into 5mm-thick slices Olive oil cooking spray 2 teaspoons lemon juice 350g fresh ricotta cheese 1 green onion, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed ¼ cup parsley leaves, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg 1½ cups tomato passata (see passata recipe)…

Curried cauliflower and sweet potato fritters

Ingredients (4 servings) ¼ small cauliflower, finely chopped 1 medium red capsicum (bell pepper), finely chopped 300g sweet potato, peeled, grated 2 green onions, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons curry powder ½ cup plain flour ½ cup milk 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil 2/3 cup plain low-fat Greek-style yogurt 2 tablespoons…

Menopause and weight gain

Women at menopause often experience weight gain, particularly around the abdomen. This is often due to declining estrogen levels, age-related loss of muscle tissue and lifestyle factors such as diet and lack of exercise. Menopausal weight gain is best managed through healthy eating and exercise. Body changes at menopause As you age, muscles decrease in…

Importance of good blood circulation

Circulation in the legs – an uphill task Returning blood to the heart from lower parts of the body, such as the feet and legs, is hard work for the circulation. That’s because the blood has to be pushed ‘uphill’. To do this, the circulation needs help from muscles that surround the veins. When we…

The Secret to Successful Weight Loss

The secret to successful weight loss isn’t starving yourself; nor is it limiting your food choices or following a rigid pattern of eating. It is simply keeping your blood sugar balanced and your food choices healthy. This will not only help you to lose weight, but will also give you more energy and plenty of…

Avocado dip

Ingredients (makes 2 cups) 3 medium avocados, chopped ½ small red onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons lemon juice ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce Chopped fresh coriander leaves, to serve Method Place avocado in a bowl. Mash with a fork until almost smooth. Add onion, lemon juice and tabasco. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.…

Balsamic steak with tomato, basil and fetta

Ingredients (4 servings) 4 sirloin steaks, trimmed 6 tomatoes, halved 2 teaspoons baby capers ¼ cup basil leaves 175g Greek fetta, crumbled 4 whole garlic cloves, skin on 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil salt and cracked black pepper olive oil spray Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the tomatoes on a baking…