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Forum: Healthy Recipes for Everyday Living — A place to share our "healthier" recipes and food tips for everyday life.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2017 10:53PM

ImTakingCharge wrote:

Hi All,


I am hoping all you foodies (and just food-tolerating types) can provide some help for an exciting new community project.


I am the executive director at I'm Taking Charge (imtakingcharge.com), which is an educational website on breast reconstruction. At the moment, however, we're branching out into a non-reconstruction project. Based on the needs of women who visit our website, we're looking to create a cookbook for women (and their families), at all stages of their diagnosis.


Obviously, nutrition can be a challenge, even without cancer, but add in surgeries, chemotherapy, or just pure exhaustion, and it can feel truly overwhelming.


This is where you can help. We'd love to know what recipes have worked for you? What are your nutrition super-charger recipes? What are your survive-the-kitchen recipes? What are your I-hate-food-but-I-have-to-eat recipes? Or, even more importantly, what are your happy recipes, the ones that you smile about, because you love them?


We're also looking for any food and kitchen tips that you've learned along this journey. We will, of course, be giving you credit for any recipes/tips we use. We'll also be making, testing, editing, and photographing all these recipes to compile them into what we hope is a beautiful and very useful resource for women as they face this diagnosis.


You may respond here, private message me, or write me at k.skarda@imtakingcharge.com.


Sincerely,

Kara Skarda

Executive Director of I'm Taking Charge

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Apr 7, 2017 04:07PM - edited Apr 7, 2017 04:09PM by Icietla

We already have this educational site on breast reconstruction -- BCO.

Food -- that is complicated, and it is different for every person. Those in Chemotherapy eat whatever they can stand to eat.

Because my cancer is hormone-fueled, I avoid foods and food components thought to be estrogenic, and I filter my drinking and cooking water to reduce any hormone content. Avoiding estrogenic stuff leaves very little for me in the way of convenience foods, and otherwise, there is nothing to get excited about.

Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 9, 2017 09:18PM Icietla wrote:

"It's better than dirt ... I guess."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-Lpv1OyBUg

Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 10, 2017 12:06AM ImTakingCharge wrote:

Thanks for the video, Icietla! It provided some amusement. ;)

Avoiding "convenience" foods is one of the reasons we're making this cookbook. We know that avoiding processed foods and sugars is important for a lot of women, but there are few recipes for those that prioritize this way of living. For those of you that are trying to cook in a way that minimizes breast cancer recurrence, we'd love to hear what you're putting on your table these days. We want this to be a useful tool.

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Apr 15, 2017 02:29AM ImTakingCharge wrote:

Hi All,

I just wanted to update and let you all know that we've also created a form for submitted recipes here: goo.gl/forms/tNEnkwYLT0AWuNix1

I really look forward to receiving more of your recipes. :)

Kara

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Apr 20, 2017 10:58PM - edited Apr 25, 2017 08:21PM by Icietla

I have just tried out this mushroom soup recipe linked here, but with some modifications__

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/235589/chef-johns-creamy-mushroom-soup/

I used three pounds of (chopped) white button mushrooms and one half pound of (chopped) portabella mushroom caps. Instead of butter, I used extra virgin olive oil. Instead of white flour, I used three tablespoons of whole wheat flour. I used two large yellow onions, finely diced. I used two heaping tablespoons of minced garlic (packed in water, not in soybean oil). I used three teaspoons of ground black pepper and three teaspoons of ground thyme. Instead of chicken broth, I used two quarts of unsalted, unsweetened vegetable stock (Kitchen Basics brand), and I used one quart of purified water. I cooked the finished soup long enough for the fluid to be substantially reduced. I did not blend the soup. I did not add cream of any type.

It turned out good.

Preparation and cooking took a long time -- about two and a half days. My food preparation work goes slowly because I cannot be on my feet for long.

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/mushrooms

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/131/12/3288.full

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/black-pepper

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/news/luteolin-inhibits-proliferation-of-both-hormone-receptor-positive-and-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/onions-and-garlic

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/olives-and-olive-oil




Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 23, 2017 09:38PM ImTakingCharge wrote:

Thanks for sharing this recipe and particularly your version of it, Iclietla! I love it. I'll send you a private message to ask you a couple more questions.

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Apr 23, 2017 11:38PM Tomboy wrote:

Mods, is this spam? I consider it to be, because if you click on the o.p.'s name, you will see her website's homepage URL. I think this is a fishing expedition to just try to glean readers from this site, instead of naturally growing their 'own' audience. It's just that I myself find this a kind of 'skanky maneuver......

"I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound & vision" David Bowie, Rest in pax, my beloved changeling... Dx 6/8/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 25/30 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Apr 23, 2017 11:52PM Tomboy wrote:

....And kind of offensive. thanks, I hope that in review, you can see what I mean.

"I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound & vision" David Bowie, Rest in pax, my beloved changeling... Dx 6/8/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 25/30 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Apr 24, 2017 12:02AM ImTakingCharge wrote:

Hi Tomboy,

Sorry to hear my profile has you concerned! I understand, there are enough spam attempts here. I checked with the mods before first announcing our effort here, for this reason. In fact, this is a real effort to try to create a real cookbook for women affected by breast cancer, and "I'm Taking Charge" is the website behind it. I included it in my profile for all transparency, but if that feels spammy, I can take it down.

We want this cookbook to be an actually useful resource and are therefore asking within the breast cancer community for recipes. We will then be directing our readers to all the places that have participated and contributed, like breastcancer.org. We're hoping that this cookbook brings our readers to the larger breast cancer community and the many, many resources available to them.

Anyhow, if you have any concerns, I'm happy to explain more. Right now, we just are in search of simple, healthy recipes.

Always,

Kara

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Apr 27, 2017 08:48AM - edited Apr 27, 2017 01:16PM by Icietla

This Vegetable Soup required a 10-quart pan. Amount/s can be scaled up or down, of course.

Extra virgin Olive Oil -- just enough to cover the bottom of the pan

1 lb. White Button Mushrooms, chopped

1/2 lb. Portabella Mushroom Caps, chopped

1 Celery Stalk, chopped (about 5 cups)*

2 lbs. Carrots, chopped

3 Bay Leaves

About 60 strands Spanish Saffron

1 Tablespoon Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon Hungarian Paprika

2Tablespoons dried Basil Leaves

2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic (packed in water, not in soybean oil)

1 small head of Cauliflower*, chopped

2 Zucchini, chopped

3 large Yellow Squash, chopped

2 quarts unsweetened, unsalted Vegetable Stock

2 quarts purified Water

2 Green Bell Peppers, chopped

3 large Red Bell Peppers, chopped

2 large Yellow Onions, chopped

6-oz. can Tomato Paste**

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* Be sure to use the celery and cauliflower leaves in the soup. Our bones need the Vitamin K. We want them to have what they need to make it through AI treatment. Most herbs, too, should help us about that,

** Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste is packed in BPA-free cans.

https://www.muirglen.com/product/organic-tomato-paste-6oz/

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http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/olives-and-olive-oil

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/mushrooms

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/celery

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/carrots

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/saffron

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/black-pepper

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/paprika

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/basil

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/onions-and-garlic

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/cauliflower

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/zucchini

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/bell-peppers

http://foodforbreastcancer.com/foods/tomatoes







Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 28, 2017 02:17AM - edited Apr 28, 2017 02:19AM by ImTakingCharge

Thank you so much for this! This looks wonderful! Did you just throw everything in the pot and let it stew? So I can write this down, about how many hours does it stew for?

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Apr 29, 2017 11:03AM - edited Apr 30, 2017 12:04PM by Icietla

You are welcome.

Thank you. It did turn out colorful and pretty. But soups make for a rather dull diet. Sometimes I eat some other stuff. There is not so much else I am comfortable with eating.

I do not know how long it takes, sorry. If one starts with cooking the mushrooms, then adding fluid and then the bay leaves for a time, next the carrots, and finishing with the cauliflower, it is done pretty soon after the cauliflower is added.

I will try to get some more recipes on here over the next few weeks. I try (aim) to cook about once a week, but I am often too tired even to do that.

Having three freezers helps a lot. I freeze leftovers in one- and two-portion amounts in fairly thick-walled food storage grade polypropylene jars. As far as I know, this type plastic (recycling code 5) is unlikely to have the hormone disruptor BPA.


Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Jul 10, 2017 10:11PM ImTakingCharge wrote:

Icietla, would you be interested in being one of our taste testers? If so, I could share with you some of our other recipes. They won't all fit perfectly your specific needs and requirements, but they might provide an alternative to soup occasionally. They're all healthy and real food recipes, but every person has unique requirements that are specific to their diagnoses. :)

Others are also welcome to test recipes too. Just PM me, and I'll send you the links. I love receiving recipes, but I also like sharing them. :)

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Jul 12, 2017 02:12PM - edited Jul 12, 2017 02:18PM by Icietla

Southwestern Fried Rice and Beans

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This was inspired by a Healthy Choice brand product that was way too spicy for me; contained added sugar; and was rather expensive.

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3 oz. extra virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon Ancho Chile powder (If you want this dish to be spicy, use more.)

1/2 teaspoon Chili powder (If you want this dish to be spicy, use more.)

2 tablespoons minced garlic

3 1/2 cups dry brown rice

2 lbs. dry black beans

2 green bell peppers, chopped

4 red bell peppers, chopped

5 carrots, finely diced

5 onions, chopped

12-oz. bag of frozen corn kernels, thawed and drained


Cook the brown rice with a little less water than recommended, to make it on the firm side. Chill it.

Cook the black beans until they are just soft enough to eat, but firm enough to keep their forms. [Tip: Cooking (without stirring) the beans in a pasta insert, by which they can be lifted from the water, will help the beans keep their shapes.] Drain and chill them.

In a very large deep frying pan, cook the spices and garlic in the olive oil, then add and cook the onions, then add the other vegetables and cook them until they are done and much reduced with no more vegetable fluid (other than oil) showing on the floor of the pan. Crumble and mix in the chilled cooked brown rice, tumbling it until it is fairly well colored by the seasoned oil, mixed with the vegetables, and heated throughout. Pour out the frying pan contents to spread loosely on shallow/flat baking pans to cool. Use a utensil to tumble the mixture often to help it cool. When it has cooled, put all unto a large mixing bowl and tumble into it the chilled cooked black beans.

Pack portions into food storage grade polypropylene (type 5 plastic) freezer containers for freezing. Do not tamp down the rice mixture in the containers – instead, drop the food in, then rap the container bottoms to settle the rice mixture into them.

After thawing, the portions can be microwaved in ordinary microwave-suitable dishes.

Serve with cilantro and unsweetened salsa verde (tomatillo sauce) without soybean oil.

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I cannot guess how long it would take others to prepare this. I need frequent naps, and I have other serious physical limitations. It took me three determined days to get this recipe done.

Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Jul 12, 2017 02:14PM Icietla wrote:

Yes, I would -- thank you!

Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal

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