Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Slimmers Delight

After loosing 3kgs, I have become very motivated to continue to shed these extra few pounds before summer starts. The secret to a good diet is variety. The minute you become bored, you start to "fall off the wagon". Feeling deprived and hungry is only one step away from a tub of ice-cream and box of smarties!

Keeping your food full of flavour and colour is a great tool to eating healthy and loosing weight. I added this old French favourite - Ratatouille to my menu plan for this week. There are no hard and fast rules to what you should and should not add - it's actually very useful for using up the "odds and sods". It keeps well and is better a day or two after it is made.


1 large Onion sliced
2 Carrots chopped into dice
2 finely chopped Garlic Cloves
1 large or 2 small aubergines diced
5 Baby Marrow (courgettes) chopped
6 Button Mushrooms halved
1 small chilli (optional) chopped
1 Red Pepper chopped
10 Baby Rosa Tomatoes cut in half
1 teaspoon Sugar
500ml Stock (Chicken or Vegetable)
10 Black olives (take out the pip)
1 bunch Spring Onions chopped
Fresh Lemon Thyme
Salt and Black pepper

Fry the onions and carrots until they start to soften.
Add the garlic, aubergine, baby marrow, mushrooms, red pepper and chilli and fry for another 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, sugar, stock and seasoning and let it simmer until all the vegetables are cooked, but not mushy.
Add the olives, the chopped lemon thyme and the spring onions and stir through.
Serve with rice or pasta.


justfoodnow said...

I take it you grow the lemon thyme in your garden?

Nina Timm said...

What a delight!!!!! No meat...I think it is a great idea before the overeating of summer starts!

Rose&Thorn said...

Just - I definitely grow my own, never seen it at the shops.
Nina - That's how I feel, like a pre-season detox!

Daziano said...

This recipe looks so tasty!!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Congrats on the weight loss! I agree, flavor is an excellent replacement for fat and sugar. You never feel deprived if you have a variety of tasty food.

Hopie said...

You're definitely right about variety! My mother always said that it was important to have a lot of different colors on the plate because different colors mean different vitamins :-) Looks yummy.

Jeanne said...

Well done on the weight loss!! I am dreading the UK winter as it's so eaasy to pile on the pounds... Your ratatouille looks delicious & so colourful :)

Rose&Thorn said...

Daziano - Thanks for the visit.
Lynn - I have be trying to make the low calorie option, and this is a perfect option.
Hopie - I love lots of colours on my plate.
Jeanne - Thanks, can't start summer carrying all those malva puddings!

cindy said...

i found your blog and just have an unrelated ingredient question . . . what would be the south african equivalent of vegetable shortening? i have an american friend living in s.a. trying to adapt baking recipes and has been unable to come up with a suitable substitute thank you for your help! (my email is

Grace said...

ratatouille is one of my favorite ways to eat my veggies, and yours looks delectable! congrats on the weight loss, and good for you for staying on track! :)

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