Feta and olive roast tomatoes

These stuffed tomatoes make a great starter, but you could also serve them as an accompaniment to meat dishes. Ingredients (serves 4) 4 medium tomatoes 60g feta, crumbled ½ cup (80g) olives, pitted, chopped ¼ cup chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon olive oil Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with foil. Cut…

Mexican bean and capsicum soup

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 2½ cups chicken stock 400g can tomato pieces 2 tablespoons tomato paste 420g can Red Kidney Beans, drained 1 small red capsicum (bell pepper), chopped 1 small green capsicum (bell pepper), chopped 1 teaspoon Mexican seasoning (or any chili seasoning of…

Carbohydrates and Cholesterol Levels

Not all carbohydrates are equal – especially when it comes to their effect on cholesterol. Some carbohydrates raise cholesterol levels, while others lower it. You find carbohydrates in breads, cereals, grains, milk, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, and foods that contain added sugars. All carbs are converted into glucose – which is also known as blood sugar…

Mexican seafood soup

Ingredients (4 servings) ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil 500g good-quality seafood mix 1 teaspoon paprika 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1 red capsicum (bell pepper), thinly sliced 2 jalapeno or long green chillies, seeds removed, finely chopped ½ teaspoon dried oregano 3 teaspoons ground coriander 3 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon chilli…

Red lentil dahl with sweet potato

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 cup (200g) red lentils, rinsed 1 sweet potato, chopped into 2cm pieces 1 red onion, halved, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped ½ long red chilli, seeds removed, finely sliced 2 tablespoons mild curry powder 2 tablespoons tomato paste ½ cup (150g) low-fat thick Greek-style yoghurt 2 spring onions, finely…

Why Butter is better

Vitamins Butter is a rich source of easily absorbed vitamin A, needed for a wide range of functions, from maintaining good vision to keeping the endocrine system in top shape. Butter also contains all the other fat-soluble vitamins (D, E and K2), which are often lacking in the modern industrial diet. Minerals Butter is rich…

Menopause Muffin Top and How to Deal with it

Ask any woman about her least favorite body part, and most of us will point to our middles. Bellies can become especially anxiety-provoking when excess fat spills over the top of your jeans. Yes, the dreaded “muffin top.” Any woman can get a muffin top. But women are more likely to gain excess belly weight…

Roast vegetable salad

Ingredients (serve 4) 1 small (orange sweet potato), chopped 160g pumpkin, chopped 1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced 2 small onions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon olive oil 420g can Four Bean Mix, drained 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar rosemary, to garnish Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a…

Paprika chicken

Ingredients (serves 6) 2 (about 1.3kg each) whole fresh chickens, each cut into 4 or 6 pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 brown onions, halved, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon sweet paprika 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 4 medium tomatoes, chopped 435ml (1¾ cups) chicken stock 90g (1/3 cup) light sour cream…