As a breast cancer “thriver,” Olivia Newton-John’s personal connection to the cause has inspired her to team up with City of Hope in the fight against women’s cancers. Over the past two months, she has participated in Sharpie “Ink It Pink,” organized a LIV® team for the 2010 Walk for Hope, and has now dedicated one of her songs to helping raise funds for women’s cancers.
During November and December, $.50 will be donated to both the City of Hope’s Women’s Cancers program and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre- Melbourne, Australia, each time “Help Me To Heal” is downloaded. Download it for yourself or as a gift for someone you love, knowing that each time you do, you’re giving the gift of hope to women all over the world.
Imagine a cookbook filled with recipes that prevent cancer. Imagine medicines to battle the disease that draw their power from fruits and vegetables.
Inspired by this vision, City of Hope scientists are looking closely at a cornucopia of foods in search of clues. Their research already has revealed some sweet possibilities.
Pomegranates, mushrooms and grape seed extract all appear to reduce levels of the hormone estrogen — a chemical that most breast cancers rely upon to grow. What’s more, blueberries may help fight off a tough-to-treat type of breast cancer unrelated to hormones by shrinking tumors and blocking cancer’s spread.
City of Hope continues these innovative investigations, in search of the perfect menu to stop women’s cancers in their tracks.
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Eating right is important, even around the holidays. This year, why not indulge your taste buds and offer your family a healthier menu at the same time? While City of Hope delves deeper into the science behind superfoods, dietitians recommend this set of recipes co-starring ingredients that might pack a cancer-fighting punch.
Broccoli, Grape and Almond Salad
Combine broccoli, almonds, raisins, grapes and onion in a large salad bowl. Combine mayonnaise, lemon juice and sugar in a small bowl and add to the broccoli mixture. Chill in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
Makes 8 servings.
Cinnamon Spiced Almonds
Preheat oven to 325° F. Line a shallow baking pan with parchment paper. Whisk together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in a large bowl.
Whisk egg white in small bowl until foamy; then add almonds. Toss to coat. Transfer nuts to sugar mixture and toss to coat.
Arrange nuts in a single layer in pan and bake, stirring to mix occasionally, until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool nuts completely in pan on a rack.
Makes 2 cups.
Preheat oven to 350°. Tear bread into pieces. Place torn bread in food processor. Process 30 seconds or until crumbs form. Transfer to a small bowl. Set aside.
Remove stems from mushrooms. Reserve caps. Place mushroom stems, celery, onion and garlic in food processor. Process with on/off pulses, until vegetables are finely chopped.
Coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add mushroom mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Transfer into bowl with breadcrumbs. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, ground red pepper and salt.
Fill mushroom caps with mixture, pressing down firmly. Place filled caps in shallow baking pan about ½ inch apart. Spray mushrooms caps lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake 15 minutes or until hot.
Makes 8 servings of 2 mushrooms
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine dried cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon juice and zest. Stuff apples with mixture and place in small baking dish. Add 1/2 cup cider or water and bake for 30 minutes or until tender.
*Adapted from the Food Network
Nutrient analysis per serving:
Fat: 5 gms.
Yield: 4 servings
Blueberry Orange Muffins
Heat oven to 400° F. Spray 12 muffin cups or line with paper baking cups. Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in center and add milk, oil, and egg. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in orange zest and blueberries.
Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes 1 dozen muffins.
Curried Chicken Salad with Red Grapes
In large bowl, combine mayonnaise, chutney, lemon juice, curry powder and ginger. Stir in chicken, celery, onion and grapes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Scoop chicken salad onto plates of mixed greens. Garnish with cashews, if desired.
Makes 4 generous servings.
Cinnamon Peach and Berry Crisp
In an 8-cup baking dish, combine peaches and blueberries. In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon: add to fruit and stir gently to mix.
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together rolled oats, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Using a pastry blender, or 2 knives, cut in the butter or margarine until crumbly. Sprinkle over the fruit mixture. Bake in oven for 25 minutes, or microwave on high for 10 minutes, until mixture is bubbling and fruit is barely tender. Serve warm or cold.
Makes 8 servings
Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile heat oil in large deep skillet over medium heat. Add shallots. Cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and asparagus. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Add garlic during last minute of cooking. Sprinkle flour over vegetables. Cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in broth and simmer 3 to 4 minutes or until sauce thickens.
Drain pasta and transfer to 4 plates and top with sauce, cheese and basil.
Makes 4 servings
Padma Lakshmi, cookbook author and host of Bravo TV’s Emmy-award winning series “Top Chef,” appeared on The Today Show to promote “Top Chef” season eight. While preparing a dish featuring blueberries, Lakshmi references research being conducted by City of Hope about the disease- and tumor-fighting properties of blueberries. Watch NBC video...
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