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  • ISBN: 9781118083147
  • ISBN: 1118083148
  • Physical Description: 256 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Edition: Pink together ed.
  • Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, [2011]

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Includes bibliographical references (page 248) and index.
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"Designed for those undergoing cancer treatment as well as their family and/or caretakers who are looking to enjoy delicious and nutritious meals"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Cancer > Diet therapy > Recipes.
Cancer > Treatment > Complications > Diet therapy > Recipes.
Cancer > Nutritional aspects.

Betty Crocker Living with Cancer Cookbook

By Kris Ghosh Linda Carson

John Wiley & Sons

Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-1180-8314-7

Chapter One

Coping with Side Effects

29 Berry-Banana Smoothie 31 Spicy Citrus Chicken 33 Refreshing Lemon-Lime Drink 35 Cranberry-Herbal Tea Granita 37 Hot Fruit Compote 39 Milk and Rice "Soup" 41 Creamy Seafood Risotto 43 Crunchy Fruit Snack Mix 45 Lentil-Rice Casserole 47 Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

{Q & A}

Why am I too tired to eat anything?

Dr. Ghosh: Being tired is the most common complaint of cancer and treatment. The reasons for fatigue can include the cancer itself, stress, diarrhea, infections, radiation and anemia. Fatigue can make meal preparation exhausting, and when you're finished with preparation, you may not even feel like eating.

Make it easy on yourself during the times when you are most fatigued by taking a break from cooking. For easy meals and snacks, keep plenty of timesaving foods on hand.

Here are some tips to overcome fatigue:

• Prepare simple meals or snacks, and use timesaving convenience foods whenever possible.

• Take iron or vitamin supplements.

• Nap during the day and get quality sleep at night.

• Invigorate yourself by going for a walk or a swim.

These foods require little or no food preparation and are recommended during times of greatest fatigue:

• Fresh fruits and vegetables

• Potatoes, especially refrigerated and mixes

• Eggs

• Canned fruits, vegetables, soups, tuna, legumes, chili and beans

• Cereals and grains (bread, bagels, pasta, rice, oatmeal)

• Snacks (chips, crackers, popcorn, pretzels)

• Bakery items (muffins, pastries, cookies)

• Dairy foods (cheese, yogurt, milk)

• Beverages (fruit juices, cider, milk, sports drinks, nutritional beverages, lemonade, herbal teas, bottled water)

Berry-Banana Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Start to Finish: 10 Minutes | 2 servings (about 1 cup each)

1 cup vanilla, plain, strawberry or raspberry fat-free yogurt

½ cup Cheerios or another round oat cereal

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal

½ cup fresh strawberry halves or raspberries, or frozen whole strawberries

½ cup fat-free (skim) milk

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar

½ banana

1 Place all ingredients in blender. Cover; blend on high speed 10 seconds. Stop blender; scrape down sides. Cover; blend about 20 seconds longer or until smooth.

2 Pour mixture into glasses. Serve immediately.

"Yogurt and fortified cereal team up to make this protein-loaded, high-iron smoothie enjoyable any time you need an extra energy boost."— Dr. Ghosh

High in calcium, vitamin C and folic acid; good source of fiber

1 Serving: Calories 270 (Calories from Fat 30); Total Fat 3.5g (Saturated Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 170mg; Potassium 590mg; Total Carbohydrate 50g (Dietary Fiber 4g); Protein 10g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 45%; Calcium 30%; Iron 15%; Folic Acid 25%; Magnesium 20% Exchanges: 2 Fruit, 1 Skim Milk, 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3

{Q & A}

Why does food have a metallic taste?

Dr. Ghosh: Unfortunately, chemotherapy, radiation treatments and even medications can change the flavor of foods and beverages in your mouth. Chemotherapy commonly causes a bitter, metallic taste especially when eating high-protein foods like meats. Dry mouth may also lead to changes in taste.

To improve the taste of your food, try these hints:

• Rev up your taste buds by eating strong-flavored or spicy foods. Spice and strong flavors hide "off" tastes, too.

• Smell your food before eating to entice your appetite. Taste and smell are so closely linked that much of what you taste is actually what you smell. And foods that smell good will generally taste good to you, too.

• Dazzle your taste buds by eating either hot food or cold food. Skip the just-warm food because it may taste blah.

• Refrain from using flatware that contains silver. Opt for stainless steel or plastic utensils instead.

• Rinse your mouth frequently.

• Brush your teeth often.

• Drink cool liquids.

• Suck on sour hard candy.

Spicy Citrus Chicken

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Start to Finish: 4 Hours | 6 servings

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 ¾ lb)

½ cup unsweetened grape juice or red wine

1 tablespoon grated orange peel

½ cup orange juice

1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

½ cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh or ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 medium green onions, chopped (2 tablespoons) Orange slices, if desired

1 Place chicken in shallow glass or plastic dish. In small bowl, mix remaining ingredients except orange slices; pour over chicken. Cover; refrigerate at least 3 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

2 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray rack in shallow roasting pan with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade; place on rack in pan. Reserve marinade.

3 Bake uncovered 35 to 45 minutes, brushing with marinade every 15 minutes, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Discard any remaining marinade. Serve chicken with orange slices.

"The citrus flavors along with herbs and spices in this recipe may help you to disguise a metallic taste in your mouth."—Dr. Ghosh

Low fiber

1 Serving: Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 40); Total Fat 4.5g (Saturated Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 80mg; Sodium 270mg; Potassium 340mg; Total Carbohydrate 7g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 30g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 20%; Calcium 4%; Iron 8%; Folic Acid 4%; Magnesium 8% Exchanges: ½ Fruit, 4 Very Lean Meat, ½ Fat Carbohydrate Choices: ½

{Q & A}

Why do I feel nauseated all the time?

Dr. Ghosh: Nausea and vomiting are often associated with cancer-from chemotherapy, after surgery, from medications and radiation therapy. Sometimes even strong smells can cause nausea or vomiting. Medications that fight nausea work well for most people but may cause symptoms of dry mouth, sleepiness and light-headedness.

Here are some helpful hints to relieve nausea:

• Use a kitchen fan or open the windows when cooking.

• Keep pans covered to reduce cooking odors. Eat small, frequent meals slowly.

• Serve food cold because cold foods have less of an aroma.

• Avoid spicy, greasy or rich foods.

• Choose dry, salty foods such as dry toast, crackers and pretzels.

• Choose sugar-sweetened beverages over sugar-free drinks, because sugar slows digestion and doesn't tend to cause nausea.

• Drink chilled beverages because they go down easier.

• Consume foods separate from beverages by at least an hour, if you are not troubled by dry mouth.

• Sit up or stay up for at least 90 minutes after eating.

• Specific foods that may help include clear liquids, carbonated drinks, yogurt, sherbet, angel food cake, hot wheat cereal, rice, oatmeal, boiled potatoes, noodles, canned peaches or other soft fruits and vegetables.

Refreshing Lemon-Lime Drink

Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Start to Finish: 5 Minutes | 8 servings (½ cup each)

1 can (12 oz) frozen limeade or lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 cup chilled lime- or lemon-flavored sports drink

1 can (12 oz) lemon-lime carbonated beverage, chilled

1 In large pitcher, mix limeade concentrate and sports drink.

2 Just before serving, add carbonated beverage.

"This cool drink, which contains a combination of beverages to replenish needed nutrients, may help ease feelings of nausea." —Dr. Ghosh

Low fiber

1 Serving: Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 0); Total Fat 0g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 15mg; Potassium 25mg; Total Carbohydrate 33g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 0g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 10%; Calcium 0%; Iron 0%; Folic Acid 0%; Magnesium 0% Exchanges: ½ Starch, 1 ½ Other Carbohydrate Carbohydrate Choices: 2

{Q & A}

Why is my mouth always dry?

Dr. Ghosh: Dry mouth can be the result of chemotherapy, certain medications or radiation treatment. Neglecting symptoms of dry mouth can lead to developing painful mouth sores, dental problems and changes in taste sensation.

To improve dry mouth:

• Drink at least eight to ten glasses of fluid each day.

• Avoid citrus fruits and dry foods.

• Rinse your mouth every few hours.

• Suck on hard candy, especially sour candy.

• Keep your lips moist.

• Try very sour or very sweet foods and beverages, such as lemonade or cranberry juice; these foods will cause more saliva to flow. (If you have a tender mouth or sore throat, though, sweet or sour foods can make that worse.)

Cranberry-Herbal Tea Granita

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Start to Finish: 5 Hours 35 Minutes | 8 servings

5 whole cloves

1 slice orange

2 cups water

½ cup sugar

1 stick cinnamon

3 tea bags red zesty herbal tea flavored with hibiscus, rose hips and lemongrass

1 ½ cups cranberry juice cocktail

1 ½ cups pineapple juice Fresh fruit, if desired Thin almond wafer cookies, if desired

1 Insert cloves into peel of orange slice. In 2-quart saucepan, heat water, sugar, cinnamon stick and orange slice to boiling, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add tea bags. Cover; let steep 5 minutes.

2 Remove tea bags, cinnamon stick and orange slice. Stir cranberry and pineapple juices into tea. Pour into 2-quart nonmetal bowl or 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish. Cover; freeze about 2 hours or until partially frozen.

3 Stir granita with fork or whisk. Cover; freeze 3 hours longer, stirring every 30 minutes and breaking up any large chunks.

4 Remove granita from freezer 20 minutes before serving. Spoon into stemmed glasses. Garnish with fruit and cookies.

"Try this zesty cranberry ice to wet your whistle and lessen symptoms of dry mouth."—Dr. Ghosh

High in vitamin C; low fiber

1 Serving: Calories 100 (Calories from Fat 0); Total Fat 0g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 0mg; Potassium 80mg; Total Carbohydrate 26g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 0g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 0%; Iron 0%; Folic Acid 2%; Magnesium 2% Exchanges: 1 ½ Other Carbohydrate Carbohydrate Choices: 2

{Q & A}

Why am I constipated?

Dr. Ghosh: Constipation can be an unwanted side effect from chemotherapy, certain medications, not drinking enough fluid or lack of exercise or activity. It is crucial to relieve constipation, because not treating it can lead to nausea, vomiting and severe stomach pain.

To avoid or relieve constipation:

• Eat plenty of fiber, at least 25 to 35 grams per day. High-fiber choices include whole-grain cereals and breads, fruits (fresh, frozen, dried or canned), vegetables (fresh, frozen or cooked) and legumes (dried peas and beans).

• Drink eight to ten glasses of water daily.

• Exercise.

• Drink a hot beverage about half an hour before your usual bowel movement time.

Stool softeners and laxatives are available and sometimes necessary, but it's important to try foods, beverages and exercise first. Save the stool softeners and laxatives to use as a last resort, and take them only with the approval of your doctor.

Hot Fruit Compote

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Start to Finish: 1 Hour | 10 servings

1 can (29 oz) pear halves in heavy syrup

1 can (29 oz) peach halves in heavy syrup

1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks in juice

½ cup dried apricots ½ cup dried prunes

½ cup dried cherries or raisins

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

¼ cup brandy, if desired

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ cup slivered almonds, if desired

1 Heat oven to 375°F. Drain canned fruits, reserving syrup and juice. In small bowl, mix syrup and juice; set aside.

2 Cut pears and peaches into bite-size pieces. In 3-quart casserole or 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, layer canned and dried fruits.

3 In small bowl, mix brown sugar and brandy; pour over fruit. (If not using brandy, sprinkle brown sugar over fruit.) Pour syrup-juice mixture over fruit just until fruit is covered; discard any remaining mixture. Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg and almonds over fruit.

4 Bake uncovered about 45 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm or cool.

"Try this high-fiber recipe, along with a glass of water, to help ease constipation. You can make this the day before and simply warm it before serving. It's delicious hot or cold."—Dr. Ghosh

High in vitamin A; good source of fiber and potassium

1 Serving: Calories 250 (Calories from Fat 0); Total Fat 0g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 10mg; Potassium 390mg; Total Carbohydrate 60g (Dietary Fiber 4g); Protein 1g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 4%; Iron 6%; Folic Acid 2%; Magnesium 6% Exchanges: 2 Fruit, 2 Other Carbohydrate Carbohydrate Choices: 4

{Q & A}

Why do I have diarrhea?

Dr. Ghosh: Radiation and chemotherapy are common causes of diarrhea. And diarrhea causes an excess loss of fluids and nutrients.

There are medications available to treat diarrhea, but here are some things to try on your own:

• Try sports drinks, broths or Pedialyte to replenish lost fluid and electrolytes. Avoid tea, coffee and prune juice.

• Take a vitamin and mineral supplement that includes vitamins A, B12, E and K, as well as folic acid.

• Eat frequent, small meals that are low in fat and high in carbohydrates and protein.

• Avoid milk and milk-based foods because the sugar in milk can stimulate diarrhea.

• Eat applesauce.

• As diarrhea ends, add these foods to your diet: rice, noodles, potatoes, white bread, yogurt, cottage cheese, hot wheat cereal, eggs, creamy peanut butter, canned peeled fruit, well-cooked vegetables, skinless chicken or turkey, lean beef and fish.

• Slowly add small amounts of fiber from fruits and grains.

Milk and Rice "Soup"

Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Start to Finish: 35 Minutes | 4 servings

1 cup uncooked regular long-grain rice

2 cups water

2 bananas

2 ½ cups fat-free (skim) milk

2 tablespoons sugar

1 In 2-quart saucepan, heat rice and water to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender. Let stand about 10 minutes or until cool enough to eat, or refrigerate.

2 In medium bowl, completely mash bananas. Stir in cooked rice, milk and sugar. Serve immediately. Cover and refrigerate any remaining soup.

"This soup is great for breakfast or just about any time. I normally recommend avoiding milk for diarrhea, but in this recipe the milk is added to bananas and rice, which makes it an effective remedy for diarrhea."—Dr. Ghosh

High in calcium and folic acid; good source of potassium

1 Serving: Calories 310 (Calories from Fat 5); Total Fat 0.5g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 70mg; Potassium 500mg; Total Carbohydrate 67g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 9g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 20%; Iron 10%; Folic Acid 15%; Magnesium 15% Exchanges: 1 ½ Starch, ½ Fruit, 2 Other Carbohydrate, ½ Skim Milk Carbohydrate Choices: 4

{Q & A}

How can I eat with mouth sores?

Dr. Ghosh: Mouth sores can be a troublesome side effect of chemotherapy or radiation therapy and usually occur a few days after treatment. The inside of the mouth can become raw and ulcerated, making eating and swallowing difficult. If pain from mouth sores becomes unbearable, discuss with your doctor because there are medications that may help. You may also try oral topical pain medications such as Orabase. Rinse your mouth after meals and at bedtime with 8 ounces warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon salt; brush teeth with a soft toothbrush at least twice a day.

Be sure to discuss your mouth sores with your doctor and try the following suggestions:

• Omit hard, rough-textured or irritating foods.

• Drink nutritional energy beverages, such as Carnation Instant

• Breakfast Essentials™ drink, Boost, or Ensure.

• Avoid spicy or peppery foods.

• Avoid citrus foods such as tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit and lemons because of their high acid content.

• Eat small, high-calorie, high-protein meals frequently.

• Eat only room-temperature foods, not hot or cold foods.

• Pour liquids over foods to soften them (milk over toast, for example).

• Use buttermilk as a mouthwash to soothe irritations.


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