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Grilling Recipes for Cancer Patients, Part 1

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After a mesothelioma diagnosis, doctors recommend switching to a healthier lifestyle to make sure patients have the strength they need while undergoing treatment. The recipes below provide excellent nourishment, as they are created with “superfoods” that are filled with the vitamins and nutrients the body requires. And, as an added bonus, these 2 recipes are perfect for summer and can be cooked right on the grill at your next BBQ.

Side Dish: Grilled Superfood Veggies

This side dish is simple, clean and very good, as well as packed with cancer fighting vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and garlic. Many leading cancer experts and dieticians recommend these superfoods. It also helps that the dish is unbelievably delicious, and easy to prepare and to make.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 10 small mushrooms, halved
  • 8 fresh Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced thick
  • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed and chopped in half
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ each of pepper and salt

Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat grill to medium.
  • Place all the vegetables in a large bowl and drizzle with 2 tbsp. of olive oil.
  • Divide the vegetables between two tinfoil pouches.
  • Grill for 15 – 20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer to large serving bowl
  • Mix remaining ingredients with remaining oil, toss to combine and serve.

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Entrée: Grilled Salmon

This entree contains one of the cancer superfoods that is highly recommended as a protein—salmon, a lean fish that is packed with taurine, which is an essential amino acid.  Salmon also contains vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium, as well as niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus, and vitamin B6.  The preparation for the salmon is very clean, simple and delicious.  Great tasting food doesn’t have to take hours to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon filets – fresh caught, skin on, ½ to ¾ of a lb. each
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 green onion, sliced.
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro

Cooking Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and place salmon in a shallow dish.
  • Pour all but ¼ of the marinade over the fish and put in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to medium, and lightly oil the grate.
  • Coat the fish lightly with olive oil and lightly salt for flavor.
  • Place fish skin down on the grill.
  • Occasionally baste with remaining marinade while cooking, until the fish flakes easily with a fork (about 20 min).
  • Take it off the grill and enjoy.
Sean O'Brien is a sponsored contributor to Mesothelioma Help Now.