Breast cancer is a tough illness and is touching more and more lives every day. During the battle, it can be difficult to know how to help. Taking a meal is one way to help both the patient and the surrounding family. One of the best resources I found for recipe ideas and advice for helping my friend when she battled cancer is Cooking For Your Life. This website allows you to search based on the restrictions that your loved one may be facing. You should also check out their article 10 Tips For Taking Meals To Friends With Cancer to start.
Recipes To Make For Someone Fighting Breast Cancer
In honor of Breast Cancer month, I have rounded up some healthy recipes that are good choices to take to a friend or loved one who is battling cancer. Please keep in mind the dietary restrictions of the person who you are bringing the meal to. Many of these recipes will also work if you are taking a meal to someone battling other kinds of illness.
Sesame Lentil Salad
Here is a great option for a nice easy side salad you could bring as part of a meal. Check out the Sesame Lentil Salad. Research currently suggests diets rich in legumes like lentils can help deter cancer. This salad will store for a few days, and does not need to be heated. If you are unsure about the sesame oil, you could easily substitute olive oil.
Jenny’s Best Meatloaf
This quick and easy Jenny’s Best Meatloaf from Jenny Can Cook is the perfect feature for your care package. Meatloaf not only makes a lovely main dish, it also freezes well and makes a delicious sandwich. Choose extra lean meat for this dish.
Best Chicken Noodle Soup
Comfort food warms the soul when you are ill. Do not miss The Best Chicken Noodle Soup recipe. This delicious recipe can easily be portioned and is comforting like a fuzzy blanket. I would add a few extra veggies such as zucchini, peas, carrots or celery. To make this freezer friendly, substitute cooked brown rice for noodles.
Healthy Greek Yogurt Blueberry Muffins
I always try to throw something that is an easy snack to grab and go in when I bring someone a meal. Call these Healthy Greek Yogurt Blueberry Muffins dessert and throw them into your care package. When making these, pick a plain Greek yogurt to avoid added sugar. Current research is suggesting that nutrient rich blueberries can possibly help slow down tumor growth.
Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup
A minestrone soup is one of my favorites when I am looking to make a hearty and healthy soup. Check out the Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup recipe over on Two Peas and Their Pod. I recommend bringing this cooked, as the smell of food cooking can trigger nausea with chemotherapy treatments. I also would omit the red pepper flakes in the recipe.
Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Make a healthier version of a comfort classic with this Skinny Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese from The Comfort of Cooking. This tasty but healthier version can easily turn into a full meal by adding bits of low sodium ham or chicken. This is perfect for someone who needs soft or bland food.
Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Casserole
Over on SheKnows I found a fabulous Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Casserole recipe that looks easy to eat and delicious. This recipe is chock full of vegetables, and could easily be doubled for a larger portion.
Readers, from your experience what are the best recipes to take to someone battling cancer?