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hopie
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slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby hopie » Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:51 pm

So, as a former "will eat whatever and get it over with ASAP," I'm really struggling with coming up with things to prepare for my mom. Her doctors suggested "eating healthy," but I guess I didn't know what that means (nor was really interested in it)...? I feel like she's growing tired of eating same things, so I'd love to have some suggestions!

I'm mostly going for fish 2-3 days a week. I cook them in the oven with veggies like carrots, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and sometimes potatoes, garlic, or onion. I put a tiny amount of olive oil, salt, and sometimes pepper and that's it. It's super easy, super fast, and super yummy. If you use sheets, then it's really minimum amount of work too!

She gets a cheat-day where she eats rice with meat, pasta, or a cracked wheat dish (it's a big thing here). This is mostly her carb-heavy day.

On other days, she eats non-wheat grains or vegetables cooked with tomato paste, onions, and water. I'm not sure how to describe these as my American partner calls them "soup" but here we call them "pot dishes." So far, it's mostly cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, lentils, beans, chick peas etc. What I do is I put in some olive oil and chopped onions, then add some tomato paste, then whatever the main ingredient is and then add water. With lentils and cauliflower, it helps to boil them separately before. With chick peas and beans, leaving those in water overnight helps them soften. Sometimes I add chopped beef.

I also make yoghurt for her, which she eats with dried fruits and nuts as an in-between meal. I recently made some peanut butter and mixing it with raisins turns it into an amazing dessert! Mixing cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds with dried fruits (like raisins, apricots, or my favorite--strawberries) with some yoghurt is great too. I use a food processor to mix them all. If you can tolerate cold (mom can't), putting it into freezer might make it yummier.

Per advice given here, I got some liver today and will experiment with those too!

What do you all cook/eat?
Caregiver to my super-mom (62), diagnosed Dec 2018
Sigmoid colon, Stage IV
G3, Poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma (5,5 x 4 x 1 cm)
T4N2bM1
13 positive out of 23 lymph nodes, largest one 1,8 cm
4(?) mets in liver, located at Segment 3 & 7, largest one 2 cm
LVI & PNI present
Clear surgical margins
MSS, KRAS G13D mutant
Laparoscopic anterior resection, Jan 2019

First chemo 11 Feb 2019 (Folfox). 25/2/19 Folfox + Avastin.

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CRguy
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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby CRguy » Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:37 pm

For my feedback please see the NEWS topic first post wherein I list a number of sources of recent info
INCLUDING .....

http://www.aicr.org/

https://www.eattobeat.org/evidence

these sites have regular updates and current info on the dietary aspects of cancer in general and CRC

Cheers
CRguy
Caregiver x 4
Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
12 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
Review of my Journey so far

hopie
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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby hopie » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:31 pm

Dear CRguy, thank you so much for these links! I'll check them and will add here if I come up with new recipes.

What I'd really love to hear is what people cook. I'm very new to cooking so I'm struggling a bit with coming up with healthy meals everyday...
Caregiver to my super-mom (62), diagnosed Dec 2018
Sigmoid colon, Stage IV
G3, Poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma (5,5 x 4 x 1 cm)
T4N2bM1
13 positive out of 23 lymph nodes, largest one 1,8 cm
4(?) mets in liver, located at Segment 3 & 7, largest one 2 cm
LVI & PNI present
Clear surgical margins
MSS, KRAS G13D mutant
Laparoscopic anterior resection, Jan 2019

First chemo 11 Feb 2019 (Folfox). 25/2/19 Folfox + Avastin.

Lee
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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby Lee » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:17 pm

Easy Gazpacho

This recipe is from The New American Plate cookbook by American Institute for Cancer Research. Here in Arizona, it is a big hit in the summer time. This is the recipe as written in the cookbook. When ever I try a new recipe, I tend to follow it to the letter. I also expect feedback from my family and tweak accordingly. With this recipe, I don't add salt, do add more garlic, use low sodium V-8 vegetable juice and a special hot sauce. I also tend to double the ingredients, and make it 1st thing in morning or night before.

1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped (I just peel and chop)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large roasted red bell pepper from a jar. No seeds
2 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packed
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cups tomato juice or vegetable juice
salt and pepper to taste
Hot pepper sauce (optional)

Any or all the following for garnish: croutons, diced tomato, diced onion, minced fresh cilantro leaves, or diced cucumber.

In blender or food processor (I recommend food processor), combine the tomato, cucumbers, onion, bell peppers, garlic, cilantro, vinegar, and olive oil. Add 1 cup of tomato juice and puree to desired degree of smoothness, (I like mine on the thicker side). Stir in the remaining tomato juice, pepper and hot sauce to taste.

Refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours and up to 2 days. Before serving, check the seasoning again and add salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce, if desired. Cold soups usually need more seasoning than hot one, but the spiciness of this one will increase over time (and that is the truth with this one).

Stir the soup and serve very cold in bowls or glasses. Add which ever of the garnish you desire directly into serving bowls or pass the garnish around in separate bowls

We usually have this with crusty bread.

I have a few weight watcher recipes which are very popular in my house. Will add them when time permits.

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby Lee » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:40 pm

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala,

This is a classic Indian dish, lighten up!!

This is a weight watchers recipe that is good during the colder months. I pretty much follow this recipe as is, except we cook chicken breast rather than chicken thighs.

28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
1 small onion, minced
1 Tbsp minced garlic ( I buy this in a tube already minced up, I also add more than just 1 Tbsp, garlic is popular in this house)
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger root (again I buy this in a tube, miced)
2 Tbsp garam masala
1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (I use chicken breast cut up)
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional (I recommend it)

Combine all ingredients, except yogurt and cilantro, in slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hrs, or low for 6-8 hrs. Stir in yogurt and cilantro. Yields about 1 cup chicken with sauce per serving. This recipe serves 8 servings.

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby Lee » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:53 pm

Vegetable Soup

Weight watchers Italian spin. Says to cook in a slow cooker for about 5 hrs. I cook in a big pot, once it's boiling, I reduce heat to a slow boil/simmer and cook for about 20 mins.

10 oz baby spinach leaves
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 medium celery ribs chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium garlic clove minced
4 cups vegetable broth (I use low sodium)
28 oz canned diced tomatoes (I get this at Whole Foods, they have canned tomatoes with no salt added)
2 bay leaves (I don't add these)
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, crushed

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker: cover and cook on high for 5 hours. Remove bay leaves, stir and serve. Yields about 1 cup per serving

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

hopie
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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby hopie » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:09 pm

Dear Lee, all of these sound so amazing that I'm tempted to cook and eat them now :lol: (it's 00:08 here!)
Thank you so much!
Caregiver to my super-mom (62), diagnosed Dec 2018
Sigmoid colon, Stage IV
G3, Poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma (5,5 x 4 x 1 cm)
T4N2bM1
13 positive out of 23 lymph nodes, largest one 1,8 cm
4(?) mets in liver, located at Segment 3 & 7, largest one 2 cm
LVI & PNI present
Clear surgical margins
MSS, KRAS G13D mutant
Laparoscopic anterior resection, Jan 2019

First chemo 11 Feb 2019 (Folfox). 25/2/19 Folfox + Avastin.

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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby zephyr » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:33 pm

Please forgive me while I hijack this thread for a moment.

@Lee: we are both in Arizona and both, I think, in the Phoenix metropolitan area. If you would kindly PM me your address, I will happily invite myself to sample your dishes and provide all the feedback you want! :lol:
Nov-2009 Early stage CRC found during routine colonoscopy
2010, 2011, 2014 Follow up colonoscopies, all clear
Jun-2016 CRC found during routine follow up colonoscopy, surgery, Stage 4, KRAS, MSS, inoperable lung mets
Aug-2016-May-2018 Folfox, 5FU & Avastin, 5FU, Folfiri & Cyramza
Aug/Sep-2018 YAG laser surgeries (Germany) on both lungs, 11 nodules (9 mets) removed
Nov-2018 clean CT scan
Mar-2019 New lung nodules
April-2019 Xeloda + Avastin

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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby Lee » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:52 pm

Seasoned Pork Tenderloin

This recipe says to cook in the oven (broiler), I generally use the out door grill. While the directions say to add ingredients into a plastic bag, I have better success adding the ingredients into a bowl or measure cup, then add to bag, then add tenderloins. I do the prep work in morning, and turn the bag through out the day until ready to cook. This is nice when people are coming over for dinner.

1/2 cup reduced-calorie pancake syrup
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I tend to go less on this, can be strong, DH not a fan of cinnamon)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 lb uncooked lean pork tenderloin

In a large zip-close bag, combine syrup, dry mustard, cloves, ginger, salt, cinnamon and pepper. Trim pork of visible fat and cut each tenderloin in half, lengthwise. Add tenderloin to plastic bag, squeeze out air, and seal bag; turn to coat tenderloins. Place bag on a plate and refrigerate on bottom shelf, turning bag occasional, at least 2 hrs or overnight. Preheat broiler. Place tenderloin in a roasting pan and pour marinade over them. Broil 5 inches from heat until pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 F, about 5 mins per size. Let stand at room temperature for at least 3 minutes before slicing. Yield about 4 ounces pork per serving

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

Lee
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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby Lee » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:00 pm

zephyr wrote:Please forgive me while I hijack this thread for a moment.

@Lee: we are both in Arizona and both, I think, in the Phoenix metropolitan area. If you would kindly PM me your address, I will happily invite myself to sample your dishes and provide all the feedback you want! :lol:


I just sent you a PM :D

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby hopie » Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:01 pm

high protein, yummy, and healthy pancakes:
mix 1 ripe banana, 2 eggs, and cacao powder (optional, but heavily suggested) make them really smooth and that's it! try to go small, they're not as easy to flip as regular pancakes, but they're really yummy. i put strawberries, cinnamon, and some honey on top of them. they're perfect for breakfast or as snacks or as desserts.

if they don't turn out to be pancake-y (it takes some time to get used to flipping them), just put those weird chunks into a bowl, top with strawberries, and they're delicious still. this recovery works better with cacao powder mishaps, though :)
Caregiver to my super-mom (62), diagnosed Dec 2018
Sigmoid colon, Stage IV
G3, Poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma (5,5 x 4 x 1 cm)
T4N2bM1
13 positive out of 23 lymph nodes, largest one 1,8 cm
4(?) mets in liver, located at Segment 3 & 7, largest one 2 cm
LVI & PNI present
Clear surgical margins
MSS, KRAS G13D mutant
Laparoscopic anterior resection, Jan 2019

First chemo 11 Feb 2019 (Folfox). 25/2/19 Folfox + Avastin.

hopie
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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby hopie » Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:05 pm

tahini & zucchini:

this one goes great with fish or chicken. mix tahini, olive oil and salt (pepper, cumin, turmeric, optional). slice zucchinis, dip them into the tahini sauce, put some sesame seeds on top them and cook them in the oven (don't know what degree or for how long, but will check next time i make this dish!)
Caregiver to my super-mom (62), diagnosed Dec 2018
Sigmoid colon, Stage IV
G3, Poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma (5,5 x 4 x 1 cm)
T4N2bM1
13 positive out of 23 lymph nodes, largest one 1,8 cm
4(?) mets in liver, located at Segment 3 & 7, largest one 2 cm
LVI & PNI present
Clear surgical margins
MSS, KRAS G13D mutant
Laparoscopic anterior resection, Jan 2019

First chemo 11 Feb 2019 (Folfox). 25/2/19 Folfox + Avastin.

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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby zephyr » Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:55 pm

I know this will sound crazy but it's really good: avocado smashed sweet potato. You bake a sweet potato, take out the insides and mash it up with a fork, then add 1/4 - 1/2 an avocado and smash it all up some more until the potato and avocado are blended, then add a little olive or avocado oil, and maybe a touch of salt and pepper. My naturopathic doc recommended it when I was only able to eat small amounts of soft food but it was so good I kept eating it long after the GI crisis was over.
Nov-2009 Early stage CRC found during routine colonoscopy
2010, 2011, 2014 Follow up colonoscopies, all clear
Jun-2016 CRC found during routine follow up colonoscopy, surgery, Stage 4, KRAS, MSS, inoperable lung mets
Aug-2016-May-2018 Folfox, 5FU & Avastin, 5FU, Folfiri & Cyramza
Aug/Sep-2018 YAG laser surgeries (Germany) on both lungs, 11 nodules (9 mets) removed
Nov-2018 clean CT scan
Mar-2019 New lung nodules
April-2019 Xeloda + Avastin

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Re: slightly O/T - want to exchange healthy recipes?

Postby ginabeewell » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:47 pm

Here’s a favorite I am enjoying right now:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source= ... 7489358241

I sub zucchini for red pepper and Greek yogurt for sour cream. We toss the burritos into a panini press to toast them up. And I scramble eggs with the leftover filling for amazing breakfast tacos or quesadillas. Just made some quesadillas for lunch for me and my husband and they were SOOOO good!
45 year old mom of twins (7) and lucky stepmom of 13 and 16 year olds
9/17/18 DX stage 4 CRC w inoperable liver mets (largest 11 cm)
9/20/18 CEA 931
10/1/18 FOLFOX + Vectibix planned 12 rounds
12/12/18 Routine scan showed typhlitis (7 days in hospital) but largest met down to 5 cm. Chemo holiday.
12/26/18 CEA 4.6
1/14/18 Resume chemo (#6-8)
3/27/19 Surgery: HAI pump placement / colon resection
4/8/19 Resume chemo (#9-12) FOLFOX (no OX) + Vectibix
5/20/19 CEA 1.3
Late summer: liver resection hopefully


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