Beef with chilli and basil

Stir-fries are easy to prepare and make for healthy meals. As the ingredients are cooked quickly at high heat, vegetables don’t lose their nutrients. Ingredients (serves 4) 2 tablespoons canola oil 400g rump steak, thinly sliced ¼ cup sweet chilli sauce 2 teaspoons salt reduced soy sauce 2 teaspoons fish sauce 1 onion, cut into…

Menopausal Bloating

One of the most unpopular yet nevertheless frequently experienced symptoms of menopause is bloating. This is closely related to an increase in intestinal gas and fluid retention caused by fluctuating hormones, and may also be associated with weight gain. A symptom commonly associated with the menstrual cycle, women who have dealt with bloating in the past as it occurs…

Foods not to eat when battling with Gout

Battling with Gout? Gout is a form of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid accumulates and forms needle-like crystals in the joints, leading to swelling and inflammation of the joints. Uric acid is an end product of the breakdown of purines, which are natural substances found in the…

Brown rice, bean & egg salad

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 cup brown rice 300g green beans, ends trimmed 1 cup frozen peas 4 eggs 1 bunch chives, snipped 55g roasted almonds, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard Method Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil…

Chicken and pea curry

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 600g chicken fillets, halved 1 brown onion, halved, sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated 1/3 cup curry paste of choice 410g can finely chopped tomatoes with tomato paste 1 cup frozen peas 1/3 cup pure cream 1 cup plain yoghurt 80g baby…

Losing Weight with Thyroid Disorder

When Your Thyroid Goes Awry Do fatigue drag you down day after day? Do you have brain fog, weight gain, chills, or hair loss? Or is the opposite true for you: Are you often revved up, sweaty, or anxious? Your thyroid gland could be to blame. This great regulator of body and mind sometimes goes…

Spinach & tomato salad

Ingredients (serve 4) 250g cherry tomatoes 100g baby spinach leaves ½ bunch basil leaves 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 spring onions, finely sliced Method To make the Dressing: Place basil leaves, lemon juice and olive oil into a small food processor. Process until leaves are finely chopped and mixture is almost…

Fish stew

Ingredients (serve 4) 1 tablespoon extra-light olive oil 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 2 x 400g cans whole peeled tomatoes 400g can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed 600g hake fillets, cut into large pieces 1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped Method Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic.…