If you’re looking for a bright new way to enjoy fresh summer vegetables, try our Health-e-Recipe for Summer Veggie Soup. It’s loaded with nine tasty vegetables that bring you cancer protection and it’s ideal to celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month.
Every vegetable contains many phytochemicals – naturally occurring substances that may protect our cells from damage from aging and toxins that, over time, can lead to cancer development. These compounds work together for health protection, so this soup is a terrific way to eat the wide variety of vegetables that AICR recommends to reduce cancer risk.
To get the most out of your garlic, mince it first and let it stand for 10 minutes so its allium compounds are fully activated. The carrots add beta-carotene to this soup, and the yellow squash and zucchini contribute fiber (found in all plant foods). The potatoes, chickpeas and corn make this soup hearty, providing other nutrients. Asparagus, tomatoes, basil and chives add even more individual phytochemicals.
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Roasting root vegetables brings out their sweetness without adding sugar. Our Health-e-Recipe for Roasted Root Vegetable Salad is an attractive holiday side dish that’s filling, low-calorie and cancer-fighting, too.
This easy recipe requires nothing more than cutting and peeling a few colorful root vegetables: sweet and white potato, carrot, onion, celery and beet. Their protective phytochemicals reinforce each other to protect you from cancer while adding beautiful hues to your plate.
While they roast, mix up our delicious Mediterranean dressing. Healthy mustard, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, parsley, cilantro and walnuts are whisked into extra virgin olive oil. A crumble of feta cheese on top of this salad provides a delicious contrasting taste.
Serve at room temperature or chilled. You can even put it on a bed of mixed leafy greens to get more fiber and phytochemicals. Add a whole grain and some lean protein for a complete meal. Find more delicious, cancer-preventive recipes at the AICR Test Kitchen. Subscribe to our weekly Health-e-Recipes.
Pumpkin is so nutritious, it shouldn’t be reserved just for pumpkin pie. Our Health-e-Recipe for Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is a delicious way to sneak more pumpkin into an everyday dish.
Teeming with beta-carotene, which turns to vitamin A in our bodies, pumpkin and other orange winter squash varieties (think butternut and acorn) also provide cancer-preventive fiber. They can be added to soups, stews and other vegetable dishes.
In this recipe, unsweetened pumpkin purée is added to whole-wheat pasta with Parmesan and cheddar cheeses and mustard powder to create a healthy entree. It even provides a hefty 17 grams of fiber per serving. Serve it with a green veggie like lightly steamed broccoli, which researchers pointed out last week at our annual conference retains its cancer-fighting compounds best when steamed for 3-4 minutes.
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