New Cookbook Could Help Fight Cancerby Larry Cox on Apr. 08, 2013, under Uncategorized
Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer by Annette Ramke & Kendall Scott (Running Press, $20)
This is not your ordinary cookbook. For example, the first section of the book, “The Girlfriend’s Guide,” features advice about the health pros-and-cons of certain foods, anecdotes about the mental and physical scars that cancer can leave behind, and even tips for family and friends on how to better support a loved one. The second part of the book is devoted to its recipes.
Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott are both cancer survivors so this cookbook has a personal bent that encourages people to fight the disease and take back as much control as possible. This collection is not just geared for women who are fighting cancer but also those who never want to get it.
The recipes serve up more than 100 choices divided into ten categories: Smoothies; Breakfast; Leafy Greens; Veggies from Land and Sea; Grains; Plant Proteins; Soups and Stocks; Snack Time; Sweetness; and Refreshments. There is also a guide on how to use the recipes and resources. The “advice” section includes advice on how to start your cancer fight journey, the healing power of real food, and how to take it one step at a time. The authors also assure readers that it is also okay to occasionally eat chocolate and cry.
I tested two recipes from this cookbook, “Roasted Beets,” a nice choice since it boosts the blood, detoxifies, and helps the immune system. My second recipe was a tasty “Oatmeal-Carrot Cookie Smoothie,” just because I needed a sweet fix.
I highly recommend this collection. Whether you are facing a cancer fight, know someone who is, or just want to improve the odds by eating healthier foods, this cookbook offers valuable guidance.
Makes 2 cups
4 medium beets
½ tsp unrefined coconut oil, melted
½ tsp salt (I used sea salt)
Preheat oven to 350F
Gently scrub the beets, slice off the ends and cut into thin wedges. Lightly coat a baking sheet with coconut oil and place beets in a single layer on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle sea salt over the beets and place in the oven for forty-five to fifty minutes or until tender. Larger pieces may need additional cooking time. Enjoy.