Recipes for Better Nutrition
During Cancer Treatment
- These recipes were especially chosen to help solve the problems discussed
here. To be included, the recipes also had to be high in nutritional value,
easy to make, good tasting, and usable for the family as well as for the
patient. You will find some old favorites-but calories, protein, or other
nutrients have been added. All of the recipes have been taste-tested, and
only the favorites from the taste-testing have been included.
- At the bottom of each recipe is a chart that gives information about
the recipe's protein and calorie content as well as its suitability for
the special requirements of cancer patients. Shading is used in two ways:
- If red shading occurs in a box below "SPECIAL DIETS," it means
the recipe is particularly good for that specific diet. If an asterisk appears
in one of these boxes, the recipe can be adjusted as indicated in the footnote
to make it suitable for that diet.
- If blue shading occurs in the protein and/or calorie box, the recipe
is a rich source of these.
- For example, the chart below shows a recipe good for a patient on a
low lactose diet and one rich in protein but not particularly high in calories.
- Abbreviations: In all recipes, tsp. is teaspoon, tbsp. is tablespoon,
oz. is ounce, and lb. is pound; SV is serving. All temperatures are °F.
- Note: Some recipes use specific ingredients, such as soy-based
nutritional supplements. You may want to try different product brands to
see which ones taste best to you. You also can ask a registered dietitian
for more helpful suggestions.
- Creamy Potato Salad
This light potato salad is mildly seasoned for the sesitive palate.
- Creole Sauce
- This is a quick, flavorful sauce everybody can enjoy on eggs and meat
- Quick Barbecue Sauce
- Use this sauce on hot dogs, chicken, or meatballs
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- An unexpected favorite, this tangy sauce is often used on meat or chicken
- Fresh Peach Sauce
- The sweet-tart taste of this sauce is a change from sweet syrup. It
is good on pancakes and waffles.
- Milk-Free Butterscotch Sauce
- This tasty sauce is good for many toppings.
- Peanut Butter Snack Spread
- This is a high-protein snack of good quality
- Granola I
- Here is a natural fiber snack or cereal.
- Granola Bars
- Try a chewy, delightful bar, great with tea or for a snack for the children
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Soft, moist, and nourishing, this recipe is just as popular with or
- Cheesy Hamburger Casserole
- Quickly prepared, this casserole may disappear just as fast at the table!
- Robert's Tuna Bake
- This mild-flavored tuna dish is complemented with a tossed sald.
- Tuna Broccoli Cassserole
- A surprising balance of flavors will please busy cooks and their families.
- Cheese-Spinach Pie
- This is a simple one-dish meal, a cousin to Quiche Lorraine. It is just
the thing needed for a night when you don't want to fuss.
- Basic Meatloaf or Meatballs
- Here is a reliable, mildly flavored recipe which can be adapted to your
- Sloppy Joes
- A favorite of young and old that is easy to eat
- Swedish Meatballs
- These are tender meatballs with gourmet flavor.
- Chicken Supreme
- Supremely simple to make, this is a delightfully seasoned entrée.
- Chicken Skillet Supper
- Tender and lightly seasoned, this simple dish can be a complete meal
with rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes.
- High-Protein Pancakes
These pancakes have double the protein of regular pancakes. Two
of them equal one ounce of meat in protein content.
- Low-Lactose Pancakes
These pancakes have high protein quality without a drop of milk.
- Fortified Milk
- This doubles the protein in each cup of milk.
- Vera's Banana Milkshake
A tasty banana shake is a rich potassium source.
- Pearl's Strawberry Milkshake
- This drink has the flavor of fresh strawberries, but comes from the
- High-Protein Milkshakes
These favorite milkshake flavors have extra protein.
- Fake Shakes
Make imitation milkshakes for people who cannot drink milk or eat
- Fruit Smoothie
It is important to know whether your physician allows alcohol before
you sample this enriched drinks.
- Amaretto Creme
An occasional drink has helped boost many a lagging appetite
- Apple Brown Betty
This soft, delightful dessert is made with bread and tasty apples.
- Adair's Apple Raisin Cake
Delighful as a plain moist cake, this dessert is mouth-watering
when iced with Helen's Soft Chocolate Frosting.
- Helen's Soft Chocolate Frosting
- Here is a good, fast-cooked icing.
- Individual Cheese Pies
A speedy cheesecake is great for the single person.
- Banana-Nut Bread
This quickly made bread is high on the list of nourishing foods.
- Cowboy Cookies
- Fiber and nutrition are "partners" in these crunchy butterscotch
- Peanut Butter Bars
Peanut butter fans will like this nourishing bar cookie.
- Fluffy Fruit Gelatin
Gelatin is a great way to enjoy fruit.
- Rice Pudding
This is an old standby that is still popular. Serve it hot or chilled.
- Milk-Free Double Chocolate Pudding.
Chocolate dessert lovers take note.
- Milk-Free Vanilla Pudding
Here is a pleasant dessert for those with a "sweet tooth"
who cannot drink milk.
- Super Frozen Delight
Imitation ice cream- it's delightful and delicious.