Spicy corn and chicken chilli

Quick, easy and delicious, this chilli is perfect for a stress-free week night dinner. The corn adds a mildly sweet flavour to the spicy sauce. Add a can of kidney beans for extra nutrition. Lean ground beef may also be substituted for the chicken. Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, coarsely…

Menopause-Myths on Weight Gain and Age

Myth: “If I starve myself, I won’t gain weight during menopause.” Nine out of 10 women gain weight during menopause. What women fail to realize is that their body chemistry completely changes, so that the old ways of staying slim simply won’t work. Eat like a bird or skip a meal and you risk gaining…

Ten of the Deadliest Eating Habits

We all have to eat to live. Ironically, what you eat could destroy your quality of life or even kill you. That is the extent to which our commercialized world is abusing even an essential commodity like food for the pure motive of profit. Here are ten guidelines to show you how you, too, can…

Vegetable Ratatouille

(Serves 4) Ratatouille is a healthy Italian vegetable dish served with pasta. Ingredients 1 red onion 1 large egg plant/aubergine 2 medium zucchinis/courgettes 1 green bell pepper ¼ bottle red wine 3 cloves garlic crushed 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 bay leaves 400g can chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar Ground Black Pepper to taste…

Mexican Bean Soup

This is a very nice, spicy bean soup for the cold winter days. Ingredients (serves 6) 200g red kidney beans, soaked overnight 1 large onion, chopped finely 1 Tbsp virgin olive oil 1 red chilli, seeded and chopped finely 1 large clove garlic, sliced finely (use only fresh garlic – not tinned readymade garlic) 1…

Spicy one-dish-stew for the cold days

Ingredients (serves 4) 500g beef  mince (lean) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (gluten-free) 2 cups chicken broth (stock) 1 large summer squash or ½ butternut, cut into small cubes 1 can black beans 1 can tomatoes 1 cup frozen corn kernels 1 cup medium salsa Method Brown meat…

Myths about Exercise Should Be Avoided

Exercise and fitness are an inseparable part of human life at an age when to look fit is the highest priority. Gym, yoga classes and aerobics training are mushrooming everywhere. Major crowd aims at weight loss and toning but with so many experts in the market, a number of myths about exercise and fitness are…

Low GI diet improves insulin sensitivity in women with PCOS

  Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting pre-menopausal women and the leading cause of female infertility. Symptoms include irregular or absent periods, infertility or reduced fertility, hirsutism (excess hair growth on the face, chest and abdomen), alopecia (scalp hair loss), acne, obesity and difficulty losing weight and increased…

Parmesan-crumbed baked fish

Ingredients (serves 4) ½ cup fresh multi-grain breadcrumbs ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind 1 teaspoon olive oil 4 (about 200g each) thick white fish steaks (any white fish of choice) olive oil cooking spray steamed green beans, and lemon wedges, to…