First, let me say that I’m sorry for not posting more often. Lately, life is a whirlwind. Every time I feel like I’ve got something sorted out the winds of life pick up and blow something else down the street. It’s like sweeping leaves in a hurricane. Still, we have to move forward, right?! 😀
I love anything with lemon. I drink all of my water with lemon in it…unless there’s a lime. I put lemon on all of my fish. I seriously love lemon. Lisa does too. So, when I tell you that Lisa and I have found a new favorite recipe trust me, it’s good. Lemon pasta with veggies is a cancer fighting recipe AND it’s yummy! 😀
Now, pasta isn’t a cancer fighter but almost every other ingredient in this recipe is! Oh, I forgot to mention, you can put anything in that you want but we put in fresh broccoli and asparagus! It’s so good. 🙂 Let’s look at some of the ingredients.
Broccoli – It’s the bane of children around the world but it’s healthy for ya! 😀 David actually likes it but he doesn’t know it yet. He always says that he doesn’t like broccoli so, I say, “OK” and give him a huge helping on his plate. When I give it to him he eats every bit of it. I know, I’m terrible. 😀
So, why is it healthy? Well it has some secret ingredients! One of those ingredients is myrosinase. No, not mayonaise 🙂 – Here’s a quote from Wikipedia.
Sulforaphane– It exhibits anticancer and antimicrobial properties in experimental models. It is obtained from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts or cabbages. It is produced when the enzyme myrosinase transforms glucoraphanin, a glucosinolate, into sulforaphane upon damage to the plant (such as from chewing), which allows the two compounds to mix and react. Young sprouts of broccoli and cauliflower are particularly rich in glucoraphanin. Read More
Broccoli is good stuff. Now, the sprouts are better than the florets but we don’t use the sprouts. I’m sure they would be good if you’re so inclined to try them! I wrote a post just on broccoli sprouts. You can read it here. Meanwhile, here’s another quote from Natural News.
Medical researchers at John Hopkins University have discovered that broccoli is comprised of high levels of compounds that prevent cancer. One of those compounds, sulforaphane, is also found in broccoli sprouts and is believed to inhibit the growth of cancer stem cells. It is also beneficial in assisting the liver in processing toxins and carcinogens that may be harmful to health. Studies at Ulster University concluded that consuming approximately 100 grams of sprouted vegetables daily helps protect the body from the DNA damage that is associated with cancer. Read More
Olive Oil – Now, there’s not enough olive oil in this recipe to make a difference in our cancer fight… at least I don’t think there is, but it’s nice to know it has cancer fighting properties. Which is much better than some other oils out there. The key is, you must try to buy the healthiest version of that oil as possible. There are some fakes out there. The key isn’t buying the most expensive…you have to go from a list. Here’s a link from LifeHacker. – Read More
An ingredient in extra-virgin olive oil kills a variety of human cancer cells without harming healthy ones.Scientists knew that oleocanthal killed some cancer cells, but weren’t really sure how. They thought the compound might be targeting a key protein in cancer cells that triggers a programmed cell death, known as apoptosis, and decided to test their hypothesis. Read More
Garlic – Need I say more. 😀 Many consider garlic a “super food”. It definitely seems to have cancer fighting properties. Here’s a quote from Cancer.gov
Several population studies conducted in China centered on garlic consumption and cancer risk. In one study, investigators found that frequent consumption of garlic and various types of onions and chives was associated with reduced risk of esophageal and stomach cancers, with greater risk reductions seen for higher levels of consumption (8). Similarly, in another study, the consumption of allium vegetables, especially garlic and onions, was linked to a reduced risk of stomach cancer (9). In a third study, greater intake of allium vegetables (more than 10 g per day vs. less than 2.2 g per day), particularly garlic and scallions, was associated with an approximately 50 percent reduction in prostate cancer risk (10). Read More
Let me put it this way, I eat more garlic now than I have ever eaten before. Is neuroendocrine/carcinoid cancer on their lists? Nope! Still, it can’t hurt. So, I eat more of it now. I used to take the cloves like pills in the morning but I decided that since there was no study to show this would help me, I stopped doing that. Still, maybe it’s helping but at least it’s not hurting, right? Here are the ingredients. 🙂
Lemon Pasta With Veggies Is A Cancer Fighting Recipe
(Serves about 6)
4 or 5 cups of broccoli florets
4 or 5 cups of asparagus stalks cut about 2 inches long
1/2 pound of pasta (Your choice. We use whatever David’s favorite is at the moment.)
2 tablespoon of unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of finely chopped garlic
The zest of 1 organic lemon
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
Cook broccoli for 3 minutes in boiling water (with a dash of salt)
Drain broccoli and place in a bowl
Prep the asparagus, place on cookie sheet lined with foil and drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss the asparagus on the pan
Roast the asparagus under broiler for 8 minutes or until fork tender
Add the asparagus to the broccoli
Cook the pasta in the same water, drain and add to your veggies
In a pan, melt the butter add the olive oil, garlic, lemon zest over medium heat for about a minute
Turn off heat and add the salt and pepper and lemon juice.
Add this to your pasta and veggie mixture and toss well.
Sprinkle on your Parmesan cheese.
This is a great and easy meal and you can whip it up in about 1/2 an hour. To top it off it’s a great cold too side as well. Just spruce it up with a bit of fresh pasta. Best yet, you can change your veggies around to whatever suits your taste. 🙂