Eat to Beat Menopause (Part Two)

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Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE

AFTER the incredible interest generated by Linda Kearn's HRT Cake last year, we published a series of Beat The Menopause recipes based on foods containing phytoestrogens - natural chemicals found in plants which mimic female hormones.

Thousands of women contacted the Daily Mail expressing interest in this alternative HRT. So, as part of our invaluable series on the menopause, BONNIE ESTRIDGE lists an entire diet plan devised by Linda Kearn, of dishes rich in phytoestrogens . . .

MONDAY

BREAKFAST: Soya Apple Oaty 1 1/2 oz (38g) porridge oats 5fl oz (125ml) soya milk 1/2 oz (13g) oat bran 1 small apple, finely sliced Method: Place oats, oat bran and soya milk in saucepan, bring slowly to boil and simmer for one minute.

Stir in apple and serve.

LUNCH: Cheese Crunch 1/2 stick of celery 2oz (50g) soya cheese 1 carrot, grated Garlic salt or granules 2tbsp soya yoghurt Method: Mix ingredients together thoroughly. Will make two sandwiches.

DINNER: Salmon en Croute One 5oz (125g) salmon steak Olive oil to brush pastry 3 sheets frozen filo pastry Broccoli, beans, carrots Method: Defrost filo pastry and brush with oil. Mould pastry around the salmon and brush top with a little more oil. Bake at gas 7/220c/425f for 25 minutes. Cook veg and serve with salmon.

TUESDAY

BREAKFAST: Baked Beans On Toast Small tin soya beans in tomato sauce, or small tin baked beans, whole-wheat bread, soya spread to taste.

Method: Heat beans and pile on toast spread with soya.

LUNCH: Tuna And Sweetcorn 4oz (100g) tinned tuna 1/4 red pepper, chopped 2oz (50g) sweetcorn Vinegar and pepper Method: Drain tuna and mash. Add sweetcorn and red pepper, sprinkle with vinegar. Add pepper to taste. Eat alone or with bread as a sandwich.

DINNER: Stir-fried Prawns With Almonds 1tbsp sesame oil 1 onion sliced 3oz (75g) flaked almonds 1 teaspoon root ginger, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 8oz (200g) green beans, sliced 12oz (320g) peeled prawns 2tbsp dry sherry 1tbsp soy sauce 2tbsp water Salt and pepper to taste Method: Heat oil in a wok, add the onions and almonds, and stir-fry over high heat for one minute.

Add ginger, garlic and green beans, and stir-fry for two minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir-fry for five minutes. Serve with rice.

WEDNESDAY

BREAKFAST: Nutty Yoghurt 5oz (125g) soya yoghurt 1/2 oz (13g) sesame seeds 1/2 oz (13g) pumpkin seeds 1 apple, chopped, or fruit of choice Method: Mix ingredients together.

LUNCH: Fish Fantasia Small tin mackerel in tomato 1/4 yellow pepper 1/2 small tin of shrimps Lemon juice and black pepper 1/2 red apple 2tbsp mayonnaise Method: Mash mackerel, chop apple and yellow pepper, sprinkle with lemon juice and black pepper to taste. Mix together with mayonnaise and fold in shrimps - makes two sandwiches.

DINNER: Chickpea Nut Loaf 1 small red onion, chopped fine 1tbsp tomato puree 2tbsp olive oil 15oz (400g) tinned chickpeas 2tbsp Marmite 2tbsp soya flour 4oz (100g) whole-wheat breadcrumbs 2 eggs beaten 2oz (50g) sunflower seeds 3 1/2 oz (100g) 1/2 cup vegetable stock 2oz (50g) pumpkin seeds 1tbsp sesame seeds Method: Saute onion in oil, mix with rest of ingredients except sesame seeds. …