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Food for recuperating breast cancer patient?

I'm cooking for a friend who is recovering from surgery and her husband and teenage son. She doesn't eat wheat, peppers, or bananas. All dishes must be easy to transport and reheat; I would also like them to be nutritious, comforting, and very attractive (to help entice her to eat them - she's losing a lot of weight which she can ill afford to do). Suggestions gratefully received! Thank you very much.

asked by plainhomecook over 3 years ago
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Monita

Monita is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added over 3 years ago

Hearty soups are healthy, filling and easy to transport, Chicken soup (if she's not a vegetarian); vegetable soup, tomato soup are all good choices

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Trena Heinrich

Trena is a trusted source on general cooking.

added over 3 years ago

What a sweet gesture! I agree with Monita, I love soups and they are very nutritious and get even better in the refrigerator. Since you are encouraging your friend to eat and it sounds like she needs some extra calories I've listed some of my favorite recipes from food52 with links below (for the pasta caesar salad recipe I suggest making the salad and bringing the salad dressing in a canning jar.
Enchiladas by lapadia http://food52.com/recipes...
Nancy Jo's Eggplant http://food52.com/recipes...
Alice Waters' ratatouille http://food52.com/recipes...
wssmom pasta caesar salad http://food52.com/recipes...

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Diana B

Diana B is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

This appeared on Food52 not long ago and I would think the responses apply equally well here: http://food52.com/hotline...

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added over 3 years ago

A flan, or simple egg custard. Nutritious, comfort food with calories! I made a few flans for my cousin who was recuperating from the same surgery. She enjoyed it. There is also an excellent Chicken with Rice soup from Jacques Pepin and Julia Childs "Cooking at Home" that became her favorite. The rice is pureed-very mold, comforting, filling and easy to get down. It is my goto "recovery" soup.

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added over 3 years ago

I meant to type "mild", not mold! I wish we had an edit feature!

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JRB
added over 3 years ago

Please be very careful about the amount of sugar in recipes, it is a
cancer-promoter.

Having "been there" I find that soups and smoothies made out of fresh vegetables and fruits are great. For the smoothies, you can add a little unsweetened coconut water for a little sweetness if needed. For the soups, use low-sodium broths. Pacific brands are good.

I have a Vitamix, and it's been a blessing. NutriBullet is a less expensive alternative and works well also.

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added over 3 years ago

Thank you all so much! I have been making lots of soups and a salmon salad. She seems to be healing well from the surgery and I will keep your thoughts in mind this summer when she begins chemo.