Roast vegetables

Ingredients (serve 4) 1 large red capsicum (belle pepper), quartered, deseeded 1kg butternut pumpkin, peeled 1 large red onion, peeled, root intact 6 yellow patty pan squash, quartered 3 tomatoes, quartered lengthways 2 tablespoons olive oil Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Cut capsicum and pumpkin into 4cm pieces. Cut onion into 8 wedges. Place in…

Beef mince and zucchini bake

Ingredients (serve 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 medium brown onions, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 600g lean beef mince 1 cup pasta sauce of choice 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves 2 medium zucchini (baby marrow), cut into ribbons 1 cup plain Greek-style yoghurt 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese Fresh oregano and…

Greek chopped salad

Ingredients (6 servings) 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 baby lettuce ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced 2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped 1 Lebanese cucumber, quartered lengthways, chopped ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped 60g feta cheese, cubed ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves Method Place oil and…

Tomato & vegetable red lentil soup

Ingredients (serve 4) 2 teaspoons olive oil 450g pkt soup mix 1 garlic clove, crushed 800g can diced tomatoes 3 cups (750ml) vegetable stock ½ cup (115g) red split lentils Salt & freshly ground pepper Coriander sprigs, to serve Method Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the soup mix…

Roasted ratatouille

Ingredients (serves 6) 1 eggplant, trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces 2 zucchini (baby marrow), trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces 2 red capsicums (belle pepper), seeded, coarsely chopped 1 red onion, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil 250g cherry tomatoes 250g yellow cherry tomatoes Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the…

Chicken moussaka

Ingredients (serves 4) 2 (450g each) eggplant, cut into 1cm-thick rounds olive oil cooking spray 1 tablespoon salt 1 large brown onion, roughly chopped ½ teaspoon mixed spice 410g can diced tomatoes (with onion and garlic if possible) 1½ cups skinless shredded roast chicken 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1 cup plain…

The Two Secrets of Exercise

FIRST SECRET Question: How many different sorts of exercise are there? Answer: One. Question: Only one? (gulp) Answer: Yes. There is only one sort of exercise: the sort you DO. This is the first secret of successful exercise. THE POINT You MUST choose a form of exercise you enjoy doing. If you don’t enjoy it,…

High Blood Pressure Quick Tips

1. Wash Excess Sodium down The Drain Most of the sodium in our diets—approximately 77%—comes from prepared or processed foods, but sometimes using convenience items, like canned beans and tuna, can make it easier to eat more healthfully. The good news: rinsing those canned foods will remove much of their sodium. 2. Spice It Up…