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Grilling Recipes for Cancer Patients, Part 2

Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis can be a trying and personal time for patients, but it is also a time to ensure that you continue to eat well and get the nutrients you need. Grilling can be an enjoyable activity that allows you to create simple, delicious, and healthy dishes. Last week we shared two great grilling recipes for mesothelioma patients, and today we have two more for you. The recipes below are also great for holiday BBQ celebrations with friends and family.

Side Dish: Grilled Asparagus Medley

This grilled asparagus medley contains some key foods that will benefit your health.  Asparagus has one of the highest concentrations of glutathione, which is a master antioxidant that has been shown to boost the immune system as well as detoxify foreign substances. Mushrooms are also a superfood, with their significant amounts of selenium and beta-glucans, both of which can assist in combating certain types of cancer and effectively shrink tumors in some cases. Also, this dish is easy to make, and it tastes great.

Adapted from Taste of Home’s “Grilled Asparagus Medley” recipe


  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 each – sweet red, yellow, and green pepper, julienned
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon dill weed

Cooking instructions:

  • In a disposable foil pan, combine the vegetables and garlic, drizzle with oil and then toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, lemon pepper, dill, salt and pepper, and then toss to coat.
  • Grill covered over medium heat for 20 – 25 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.


Entree: Grilled Chicken with Red & Blue(berry) Salsa

This entree has great fresh taste and can be made as spicy as you like, but it is the simplicity of the dish that is so great. You can enjoy a very basic preparation of grilled chicken topped with a wonderfully potent and patriotic salad featuring anti-cancer superfood blueberries, which provide fiber and vitamin C—and they just taste good with basically anything.

Adapted from My Recipe’s “Blueberry Salsa” recipe


For the chicken:

  • 4 (6 oz) chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
  • Olive oil (for grilling the chicken)
  • Salt and pepper

For the salsa:

  • 1/2 c fresh blueberries, chopped
  • 1/2 c fresh whole blueberries
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seed and diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 3 TB fresh minced parsley
  • 2 TB fresh minced mint (optional)
  • 1 TB lemon juice
  • Pinch salt

Cooking instructions:

  • In a bowl, stir together all ingredients for the salsa and refrigerate until ready to use (you can make this up to 1 day in advance but if you do so, I recommend waiting until right before you serve it to add the fresh minced herbs).
  • Lightly brush olive oil on both sides of the chicken breast, then season both sides with salt and pepper.  Grill the chicken until fully cooked (there should not be any pink).
  • Serve the grilled chicken topped with salsa, and enjoy.
Sean O'Brien is a sponsored contributor to Mesothelioma Help Now.