Summer Recipes to Reduce Cancer Risk

Some foods may help protect against breast cancer and other chronic conditions. Here are recipes starring these foods.

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    Seafood Bruschetta

    Fresh herbs, succulent crabmeat, and delicious shrimp turn ordinary bruschetta into an extraordinary appetizer. Shrimp is exceptionally low in fat, making it a great addition to a diet that helps to protect against cancer.

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    Pork and Chicken BBQ Sticks

    Chipotle peppers lend a smoky, spicy flavor to the honey-sweetened barbecue sauce. They get their heat from capsaicin, a phytochemical with antibacterial and cancer risk-reducing properties.

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    Grilled Salmon Tacos

    Fatty fish, such as salmon, are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Research suggests that consuming omega-3s increases immunity and boosts energy.

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    Sesame Chicken Kabob Salad

    Soy sauce, plum sauce, and sesame oil give this salad Asian flavor. Low-fat chicken is a great protein source, and the vitamin C-rich pineapple helps to protects against cancer and enhance the immune system.

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    Salad with Mango Dressing

    The fiber-intensive mango contains generous amounts of vitamins A, C, and E, and pairs well with the peppery watercress and arugula.

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    Feta-Tomato Salad

    Fresh and simple, this salad features ripe tomatoes and zucchini from your garden or local farmer's market. Just a drizzle of oil-and-vinegar dressing and you have a side dish packed with great taste as well as cancer risk reduction.

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    Spring Carrot Soup

    Carrots are a terrific source of carotenoids. You'll find haricot verts, which are tiny French green beans, in the specialty section of the produce aisle.

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    Asian Primavera Stir-Fry

    Removing the skin of the chicken is a great way to lower the fat without compromising on flavor.

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    Grilled Halibut with Blueberry-Pepper Jam

    Blueberries are a treasure trove of potent antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. A drizzle of monounsaturated olive oil keeps the sage-crouton topping moist.

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    Herbed Adobo Pork Chops

    Lean pork shares top billing with cancer-fighting garlic in this quick-to-prep entree. Mexican adobo sauce is usually made from ground chilies, vinegar, and herbs. This version follows that lead but, for the sake of convenience, calls on hot chili powder rather than ground chilies.

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    Berry Clafouti

    Clafouti (kla-foo-TEE) is a French fruit dessert that is topped with a batter and baked. The berries have the added bonus of containing powerful disease-fighting antioxidants.

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    Glazed Strawberry Pie

    Strawberries are especially rich in the phytochemical called ellagic acid, which may help lower your cancer risk. They also have a wide range of other flavonoids and antioxidants that give fuel to the fight.

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    Raspberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

    This trimmed-down coffee cake stars fresh raspberries. The berries add brilliant color, flavor, and a wallop of fiber, thanks to those tiny seeds.

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    Berry Mango Soy Milk Smoothie

    Pair this vitamin-filled smoothie with a bran muffin and a piece of fresh fruit for a healthy start to the day. In moderation, soy may also help to protect against cancer.

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