I’ve got to start this book recommendation with props to Amber: Thank you for this awesome cookbook; it’s really helped me through these last few rounds of chemo!
If you are also dealing with or about to deal with chemo, then I recommend that you get your hands on Rebecca Katz’s The Cancer Fighting Cookbook, gather some friends, and have a cancer cook-off to stock your freezer full of chemo-friendly, cancer-fighting foods.
Although the recipes can be a bit complicated, they are worth the effort, as things do taste significantly better, and I can tell that I’m getting meaningful nourishment, even when I’m not eating as much as I know that I should. The recipes are also easy to simplify and come with modification suggestions.
I also got a lot out of the introduction that has a comprehensive list of common chemo side-effects and how to tackle them with the specific recipes within the book. There is also a list of how certain foods and spices, many of which you probably already eat, may help keep your cancer at bay.
Although I have not tried all of the recipes in the book, here are some that I’ve found helpful during chemo:
Magic Mineral Broth (Page 54)
This one was the biggest investment, but it was worth it. Katz calls for it in other recipes (you can sub out a store-bought broth if you don’t have time for this), and I can really tell the difference in the soups. I also froze individual servings, which has been great for the days when sipping a broth is about all that I can do.
Lemony Greek Chicken Soup (Page 60)
This has a lot of sustenance, and the flavor’s really good, especially when I have a metallic taste in my mouth from the chemo.
Rockin’ Black Bean Soup (Page 71)
This also has a forward flavor, which is great when things are tasting bland. I simplified this one by using canned beans, and it turned out well.
Creamy Broccoli and Potato Soup (Page 75)
I really like the sustenance that this provides, but when I make it again, I will spice it up a lot more. I found it to be kind of bland, so I will add some more black pepper or maybe some garlic.
Tuscan Farro and Bean Salad (Page 107)
Orange Ginger Roasted Chicken (Page 117)
This is a good one not only for when you’re feeling up for something a bit more hearty, but it also appeals to family and caregivers. The last time that I made this, I used the leftovers to make a flavorful chicken soup. As the book suggests, you can also use the carcass to make a chicken broth.
Almond Muffin Mania (Page 192)
Coconut Rice Pudding (Page 198)
I hope that you find my suggestions useful and get a chance to take a look at this helpful cookbook.
If you try some other recipes in this book or make different modifications, then please post your suggestions!