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Healthy Holiday Recipes for Mesothelioma Patients

For many, the holidays are the time to indulge in our favorite sweets and treats without worrying too much about the extra sugars and fats.

But for people receiving treatment for mesothelioma, those temptations often aren’t there and just the thought of eating anything can be a challenge.

And staying healthy and avoiding the excess can be a real challenge for mesothelioma patients who have already gone through treatment.

Here are some ideas to help keep you nourished for the season.

Sugar and Spice

Cookies, cakes and pies are usually seasoned with ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon as well as allspice, cardamom and anise.

While these spices can fill a kitchen with the scents of the holidays, they also serve a valuable purpose.

The chemical compounds in the spices have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. They help boost our immune system, and many have demonstrated antitumor activity.

For a recipe that combines several spices, try this chai tea that makes a delightful start to any winter morning.

The spices can be stored in an airtight container to use daily.

Chai Tea Masala

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Combine the first four spices and dry roast on a heated, non-stick pan for about a minute or two. You’ll start to smell the spices as the oils are released. Let it cool completely and grind in a coffee grinder with the remaining two spices.

To Make the Tea:

Add 1 cup water and ½ cup milk (any kind) to a saucepan. Add 1 teaspoon of the masala mix to the pan and 2 teaspoons of loose black tea leaves and bring to a boil. Simmer for about two minutes, then strain and serve. You can add sugar if you like it sweetened.

After your first try with this recipe, you can add more masala if you like it stronger. A slice of fresh ginger during the boiling will add even more flavor. Experiment to find your perfect combination of this delicious cup of tea.

Holiday Herbs

Rosemary and sage are well-used herbs not only during the holidays but also year-round and frequently in the Mediterranean diet. In these parts of the world, such herbs are known for their medicinal properties.

Carnosol is a particular polyphenol with strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Using these herbs in recipes is an easy addition and adds great flavor. This vegetable stew is a perfect winter recipe that can be used as an appetizer or a main meal. It’s also very quick and easy to create.

Quick Vegetable, Potato and Bean Stew Recipe

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Serves four.

Recipe from eatright.org.

Winter Wonders

Fresh fruits and vegetables don’t stop when winter arrives. Your farmers market and produce stores will let you know what is local and ready to eat for the best flavor and value this season.

The list is long, but beets, cauliflower, kale and kiwis all make the cut. To ensure a nutritious boost of phytochemicals, go for brightly colored foods.

The recipe below is an English classic and a true comfort food. Cauliflower cheese is soft and creamy and makes a delicious dish.

Cauliflower Cheese

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Serves four.

Recipe from bbc.com.

Article Sources

  1. Johnson, J. (2018). Carnosol: A promising anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3070765/
  2. Larson, H. Quick Potato, Vegetable and Bean Stew Recipe. Retrieved from https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/recipes/quick-potato-vegetable-and-bean-stew-recipe
  3. White, J. (2018, November 26). Cauliflower cheese recipe. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/cauliflower_cheese_55471
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