Valentine’s Day Starter: Blackberry Salad

greens-with-blackberry-dressing croppedIf you’re looking for a way to make your meal elegant and still cancer-preventive, blackberries are an ideal choice. Our recipe for Baby Greens with Blackberry Vinaigrette is a perfect starter for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
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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Liven Up Lentil Soup

asian-lentil-soupIf you ever wished for a more interesting lentil soup, our Health-e-Recipe for Asian Lentil Soup helps you create new depths of flavor in cancer-preventive lentils.

First you sautee fresh carrots, celery, red bell pepper, onion and Chinese cabbage (bok choy) in aromatic sesame oil. These veggies are high in cancer-preventing compounds. After mixing with the lentils and vegetable broth, you add the pungent flavors of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and red pepper flakes.

Hoisin sauce is made of soybean paste, chilies and salt and tastes sweet, salty, spicy and tangy all at the same time. It’s thick and concentrated, so you only need a little bit for a lot of flavor.

For each serving of this excellent soup, you get 10 grams of protein and plenty of fiber. Try adding about half a cup of cubed firm tofu to get 8 more grams of protein (and 80 calories) while keeping this delicious dish healthy and cancer-preventive.

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Super Bowl Forecast: A Red Hot (and Delicious) Line-Up for Cancer Prevention

This year, create your own Super Bowl hype with a party spread full of flavor, heat, color and cancer prevention. These menu ideas will keep your crowd happy and healthy, beginning with the pre-game interviews and all the way through the post-game analysis.

veggie-chiliPre-Game Warm Up: Greet your guests with a mildly spicy Cinnamint Green Tea. Delicious and warming, green tea contains a compound called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) that, in lab studies, shows some protective qualities against cancer.

The National Anthem: Okay, so opera singer Renée Fleming isn’t Italian, but with opera I think Italy. These Herbed Italian White Beans are a warm, simple starter. Serve with Pesto Toastini for a classic opening.

Half-Time Performance: The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be heating up the stage. Chile peppers get their kick from capsaicin, a phytochemical well studied for cancer-prevention. So try our Veggie Chili with cancer-fighting, capsaicin-containing hot pepper and warm up your guests with steaming bowls of chili. Continue reading