Winter 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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Tex-Mex Spinach Omelet
The zeaxanthin compounds found in the yellow corn are responsible for the omelet's potential to boost immune function. Serve this spinach and red pepper omelet as a satisfying entree for brunch or an easy weeknight supper.
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Apple Butter-Banana Bread
Apple butter, bananas, and cinnamon flavor this family-favorite quick bread. Steep a pot of green tea to serve with the bread and take advantage of its potent disease-fighting antioxidants such as catechins and flavonoids.
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Grains and Berries Cereal Blend
Loaded with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, this cereal guards against disease and helps control blood sugars. Serve the crunchy-fruit-studded blend with your favorite yogurt for a great start to your day.
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Added flaxseed to an easily prepared hot roll mix creates tasty dinner rolls with a mild, nutty flavor. Rich in nutrients, flaxseed boosts the immune system and helps to head off cancer.
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Vegetable Tempura with Honey-Mustard Sauce
The wide variety of vegetables in this tempura provides vitamins, minerals, and health-promoting plant compounds. The mustard in the dipping sauce contains curcumin, a compound that makes mustard yellow and exhibits anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Autumn Succotash Salad
Beans are the unsung heroes of a disease-fighting diet. Rich in fiber, beans also boast powerful phytochemicals such as saponins and phytic acid.
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Curried Sweet Potato Chowder
Sweet potatoes should be at the top of your list for cancer-fighting antioxidants. They contain generous amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E -- great for helping prevent cancer.
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Cider Pork Stew
Slightly sweet, hearty root vegetables -- carrots and potatoes -- complement tender chunks of pork in this stew. Lean pork provides nutrients for energy production.
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Couscous with Seven Vegetables
The beautiful vegetable combination in this cumin-and-mint-seasoned dish assists in the fight against cancer. Choose whole wheat couscous -- it cooks in minutes and offers energy-boosting complex carbohydrates.
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Vegetable Polenta Lasagna
Polenta, a cornmeal mush commonly eaten in northern Italy, is a hearty alternative to noodles in this vegetable-loaded lasagna. For the most fiber, vitamins, and minerals, purchase cornmeal labeled "water-ground" or "stone-ground."
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Spaghetti Squash with Chunky Tomato Sauce
The antioxidant lycopene is the disease-fighting agent in this tomato-rich dish. Cooking the tomatoes helps release the lycopene so the benefit to your body is maximized.
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Roasted Lamb with Pomegranate-Orange Compote
Potassium-loaded pomegranate teams with vitamin C-rich oranges to help lower blood pressure, prevent cancer, promote immunity, and augment energy.
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Green Tea and Tangerine Sorbet
Citrus flavors mingle with hints of green tea in this refreshing sorbet. Vitamin C from the tangerine juice fights cancer and increases immunity. Phenolic compounds from the green tea help neutralize cancer-causing free radicals.
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Fruit crisps are delicious ways to boost your fruit intake. Diets rich in fruits (and vegetables) may reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.
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Creamy Mocha Custards
Sophisticated mocha flavor makes this low-fat dessert perfect for company or as a midafternoon treat. The cocoa powder provides phenolic compounds, which function as antioxidants.
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Apple Cranberry Crisp
Rolled oats, apples, and cranberries star in this dessert, packing a good measure of fiber, vitamin C, and iron without extra fat, so you can enjoy it often.