Tasty Tuesday: Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Welcome to Loving Arms Cancer Outreach’s first edition of Tasty Tuesdays!  We want to provide cancer patients and families options for healthy, delicious meals. For the next couple weeks, we’ll be working our way through Eating Well Through Cancer by Holly Clegg & Gerald Mietello, M.D. It’s a great resource for finding the right foods to eat for the right ailments.

The book walks you through foods to eat the day of Chemotherapy, if you are experiencing low white blood cell count, diarrhea, constipation, sore mouth or throat, if you need to gain some weigh, and what to eat post treatment. There is even a section of suggested meals to bring to a friend experiencing cancer.  It’s got a little bit of something for everyone!

This week, I cooked a meal on the one night I get home late. I knew it had to be something simple, with little cook time, and satisfying enough that I wouldn’t still be hungry after. After a little searching, I settled on cook the “Pasta Toss”, which can be found on page 82 of the cookbook.

This section of the cookbook covers recipes that are good for people suffering from diarrhea. Diarrhea can be an issue following some kinds of chemotherapy and radiation. When you experience diarrhea, try avoiding foods high in fiber, dairy products, and carbonated beverages.

Make sure that you drink! Diarrhea dehydrates your body, and you need to make sure you are staying hydrated. My mom always taught me to do the B.R.A.T. diet when the tummy rumbles hit. Eat Bananas, Rice, Apples, and Toast. Then slowly begin introducing low fiber foods back into your diet.  The recipe is simple and the execution is even easier!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) package pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped green onions (scallions)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Prepare the pasta according to package.

*For my dish I used angel hair pasta, and found it was too much pasta for me. Using regular spaghetti noodles will probably be your best bet. *

Once your pasta is cooked, drain it and set it off to the side.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and sauté tomato and garlic for one minute. Add the basil, green onions, and then the pasta. Toss it all together with Parmesan cheese and voila! Now, I am a girl who loves her Parmesan cheese, so I generously sprinkled a little extra cheese on top before digging in.

*I served it up with a simple salad from a bag.  I grabbed on my way out of Wal-Mart thinking “Oh, this sounds good!”  I have come to learn that I am NOT a fan of kale.*

In it’s defense, it is really good for you. It’s loaded with antioxidants, iron, fiber, calcium, and vitamin K (which is a good cancer fighter), A, and C. But all those wonderful things do not change the fact that it simply does not taste good in a salad. I tossed mine with a little bit of olive oil and some salt. Perhaps drowning it in Ranch dressing would be a better option here, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

*If you paid attention to the first part of this post you will know that kale is a poor decision for anyone who has diarrhea.*

20 minutes later, I had my full dinner spread ready for consumption!

I had a nice glass of wine because it had been a long day, and wine has antioxidants. I’m all about health and nutrition over here, clearly! And that’s it, folks; simple, delicious pasta.  Be sure to stop by next Tuesday for another delicious meal, and this Thursday for a post from a guest blogger!

If you like this recipe, and would like to check out more, go to Holly Clegg’s website at www.hollyclegg.com . While you’re there, check out her wonderful array of cookbooks available to help everyone eat better within their health needs.

Cheers!

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