Who knew that a delicious pasta dish could fit into a cancer-preventive diet? Our Health-e-Recipe for Rigatoni with Red Peppers fortifies with phytochemical-rich vegetables and fiber, which reduces risk of colorectal cancer.
Whole-wheat pasta has fiber plus protective compounds inherent in whole grains. If you can’t find whole-wheat rigatoni for this dish, try a similar type of bite-size whole-grain pasta, such as penne, rotini or macaroni.
Lightly sautéed red onion, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and spinach to toss with the pasta. You’ll be getting powerful onion phytochemicals, vitamin C in the peppers and tomatoes and lutein from the spinach, all reinforcing each other with health-protection benefits. They’re a fresh change from bottled pasta sauce. Topped with fresh basil and Parmesan, this dish is a tasty and low-calorie way to welcome the spring.
Eating fish is one way to cut back on red meat; AICR recommends eating no more than 18 ounces of red meat a week for lower risk of cancer.
Some fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, especially salmon, white albacore tuna, trout and sardines. Although tilapia is not up there with the top omega-3 providers, it’s easy on a budget and versatile to many flavors.
This recipe is easy to prepare and has only 200 calories per serving. Yet each serving also contains a generous 34 grams of protein, about one-third the amount recommended daily for strong bones.
The sauce of lemon, mustard, Greek yogurt and chives works well with other kinds of fish, too – such as salmon, perch and flounder. For a guide to making smart seafood choices, visit The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
All berries contain cancer-preventing polyphenol phytochemicals. In this recipe, blackberries’ sweet-tart taste blends well with contrasting shallots and Dijon mustard in the dressing. Our recipe also puts some whole berries into the salad for an attractive combination with the salad’s greens, goat cheese and walnuts.
Blackberries may seem expensive, but if you compare them with a bag of far less nutritious chips, you get more health benefits from berries for the same cost. They have few calories and provide fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals.
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