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Greek stuffed vegetables

Taste the sunshine of Santorini with our Free take on the classic dish gemista


Serves 4


Ready in about 1 hour

1 large red pepper

1 large yellow pepper

1 medium aubergine, halved lengthways

1 large courgette, halved lengthways

Low-calorie cooking spray

1 onion, finely diced

4 garlic cloves, crushed

3 tbsp tomato purée

150g dried basmati rice

2 tbsp each of finely chopped fresh mint and flat-leaf parsley

½ tsp dried chilli flakes

150ml vegetable stock

1 Preheat your oven to 160°C/ fan 140°C/gas 3. Slice the tops off the peppers and set aside to use as lids. Scrape out the seeds and any white pith, and discard.

2 Using a teaspoon, scoop out the flesh from the aubergine and courgette to create a shell to fill. Finely dice the flesh.

3 Spray a wide, non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Cook the onion and garlic for 5-6 minutes or until softened, then add the diced aubergine and courgette. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for a further 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly.

4 Add the tomato purée, rice and 250ml water. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes. Stir in the chopped herbs and chilli flakes, and season to taste. 5 Arrange the prepared vegetables in a deep ovenproof dish and fill each one with the rice mixture. Replace the lids on the peppers and pour the stock into the dish around the veg. Cover tightly with foil and cook for 20 minutes. Uncover and cook for a further 10-15 minutes, or until the veg and rice are cooked through and tender, and serve.

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Welcome to the May/June issue of Slimming World magazine – your complete guide to slimming success! Featuring amazing real-life transformations, new twists on the nation’s favourite recipes, and expert advice to keep your slimming campaign on track. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s… this issue’s star slimmers span every decade. Discover how 28-year-old cover star Elena made weight loss work as a busy mum; meet Woman of the Year Hollie, 8st 6lbs lighter at 30; see how keen cyclist Karl lost nearly 8st at 50; then celebrate 10 years at target with Pauline, 67, and find out what she’s learned along the way. As one of the secrets of losing that lasts is falling in love with food, we asked readers to share their best-loved dishes, so we could make them even more delicious. We can’t wait for you to try them! Is a better love life high on your wish list, too? Then don’t miss our guide to firing up your libido: the best news is you don’t have to wait until you’ve reached your target weight to reignite passion between the sheets… Plus: a brilliant bank holiday menu plan; a clever commitment-boosting quiz, and 10 ways to get fit for free. Here’s to the exciting next chapter on your journey to slim