Potato-Free Easy Baked Broccoli Tots

Welcome to the potato-free party, easy baked broccoli tots! This healy alternaive can be used for a cancer free lifestyle diet and always use organic ingredients when possible.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/4 small diced onions
  • 1/4 finely ground breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 nutritional yeast
  • 1 Flaxmeal egg replacement (1 tbsp. flaxmeal combined with 3 tbsp. alkaline water, combine and let sit for 5 minutes)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets to the water and cook them just until fork tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Thoroughly drain the florets and transfer them to a food processor.
  4. Pulse the broccoli for a few seconds just until the it breaks down into small pieces. (Do not overmix the broccoli or the mixture will be too wet to form into tots.)
  5. Measure out 3 packed cups of the broccoli and add it to a large bowl. Add the diced onion, breadcrumbs, egg and nutritional yeast and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Using your hands, portion out about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and mold it into a tater tot shape. Arrange the tots on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  7. Bake the tots for about 20 minutes then flip them once and bake them an additional 10 to 15 minutes until crisped.
  8. Remove the tots from the oven and serve them with ketchup, vegan ranch dressing or hummus for dipping.

Recipe Notes:


The onion should to be cut small enough so that it’s not too chunky and can be easily mixed into the broccoli mixture.

The cheese can be omitted in order to make this recipe dairy-free.
The breadcrumbs can be swapped for finely crushed gluten-free pretzels, cereal or dried bread in order to make this recipe gluten-free.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

15 Minute Breast Cancer Fighting Broccoli Soup Recipe

vegan-broccoli-soup-recipe-for-breast-cancerA cancer fighting diet is one that is high in fiber, low in fat (especially animal fat), and includes generous portions of fruits and vegetables. It also minimizes or excludes alcohol. The best diets are pure vegan diets. Always use organic ingredients when possible.

Broccoli Soup Recipe
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound broccoli, separate into florets
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ⅓ cup vegetable broth for sautéing + 4 cups for soup
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (optional)
cancer-fighting-broccoli-soup-recipeInstructions
  1. Coarsely chop the broccoli.
  2. In a medium soup pot, heat ⅓ cup of vegetable broth over medium heat. Add the onions, salt, pepper and dried basil and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring, until the onions are translucent. Add a splash of vegetable broth if sticking.
  3. Add the broccoli and vegetable broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to low heat and simmer, uncovered for about 10 minutes or until the broccoli is fork-tender.
  4. In a blender or food processor, process the soup until smooth. Add the parsley and pulse a few times.
  5. Return the soup to the pan and reheat gently, adjusting seasoning if needed.
  6. Top with golden croutons or nuts.

Golden Croutons are easy to make. Pre-heat oven to 400 F – Chop vegan bread (sourdough) into bite sized squares – toss with a teaspoon of olive oil and some fresh chopped herb like parsley – put on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake until golden brown – approximately 5-10 minutes.
Recipe Source: Ordinary Vegan.

A healthy diet is only one of several factors that can affect the immune system and breast cancer; exercise and stress management are just as important in improving your overall health and well-being.

More Breast Cancer Authority Blog’s Broccoli Recipes

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Broccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem Cells

Broccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem CellsOver the last decade a new theory of cancer biology has emerged, the cancer stem cell. Normal stem cells are involved in organ repair, they travel around the body, sit and wait until there’s some damage, and step in and replace whatever structures are necessary. Lost a little skin here, bone or muscle there, need to regrow a new tooth, these cells are ready and willing. And, the best part, they’re built to last a lifetime. But those same qualities, migration, colonization, proliferation, self-renewal, immortality can be used against us when stem cells go bad and decide to build tumors instead.

Cancer stem cells may explain cancer spread and cancer recurrence. That may be why cancer tends to come back. There may be no cure, only remission. You can have a breast cancer relapse 20-25 years after you thought it went away. Thanks, potentially, to cancer stem cells.

Our current armament of chemo drugs and radiation is based on animal models. If the tumor shrinks, it’s a success. But lab rats only live two or three years. What about all these new fancy therapies like antiangiogenesis, cutting off the blood supplies to tumors? That’s great, but the cancer stems cells may be like “Fine, I’ll go somewhere else and grow another one.” What we need is to strike at the root of cancer, treatments aimed not at just reducing tumor bulk, but rather at targeting the ‘beating heart’ of the tumor, the cancer stem cell. Enter, broccoli.

Sulforaphane, a dietary component of broccoli, and broccoli sprouts, appears to inhibit breast cancer stem cells. Breast tissue, naturally has to have lots of stem cells. Your body never knows when you’re going to get pregnant and need to start making a lot of new milk glands. Researchers recently discovered this compound in broccoli that may destroy cancerous stem cells and keep them from going rogue in the first place.

Estrogen receptor positive human breast tumor; estrogen receptor negative breast tumor. Let’s add some broccoli juice. Going … going… nearly gone. Stem cell hotspots before and after.

Doctor’s Note

Broccoli also protects our DNA. See the preceding video-of-the-day,DNA Protection From Broccoli, and my other 35 videos on greens and 98 videos on cancer. And those are two of the 1,290 topics I cover here at NutritionFacts.org. Note that most of the sources for this video are all open access, so you can click on them above in the Sources Cited section and read them full-text for free.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. BroccoliFighting Inflammation with Food SynergyAntioxidants in a Pinch: Dried Herbs and SpicesHow to Enhance Mineral AbsorptionBreast Cancer Stem Cells Versus BroccoliTreating PMS with Saffron, Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?The Anti-Wrinkle DietIncreasing Muscle Strength with FenugreekHow Tumors Use Meat to GrowMushrooms for Breast Cancer PreventionPrevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens NecessaryFoods That May Block Cancer Formation, and Breast Cancer & Alcohol: How Much Is Safe? 

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

ger, M.D., is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Black Bean-Garlic Stir Fry – Easy To Make Recipe For A Cancer Diet

Breast Cancer Diet Recipe Stir Fry BroccoliThe key to healthy eating is colorful foods. Eat the rainbow every day (rather than beige/white foods). Eat plenty of dark green leafy (collard greens, kale, spinach) and  cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and bok choy. Think of dark green leafy veggies as a combination of all colors, and therefore one of the healthiest foods. Tufts University says the top antioxidant veggies are kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts and broccoli. For more information read: Maximum Nutrition: Transitioning Toward a Plant-Based Diet With Michael Greger, M.D. Always use organic ingredients when possible.

Black Bean-Garlic Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • Broccoli, zucchini, and red pepper chunks
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 Tbls. Asian black bean-garlic sauce
  • 1 Tbls. tahini
  • 1 Tbls. cornstarch
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste (1/2 tsp.)

Black Bean Garlic Sauce For Cancer DietDirections

  1. Sauté in skillet in water or broth.
  2. Cover and let steam.
  3. Whisk sauce ingredients and add to tender-crisp veggies.
  4. Continue to cook until sauce thickens.

This delicious stir fry broccoli recipe can be a part of an anti-cancer lifestyle that includes a variety of exercise, organic foods and clean pure water and air. There are a few easy steps to keep the body safe and healthy. Cultivate awareness of what goes into your body; stop and take notice of habits. Ask yourself “Is this good or bad for me? “Will it make me feel better or worse?” We all want to feel alive and vital.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Using the Produce Aisle to Boost Immune Function

What We Eat Effects Our Immune System On Breast Cancer Authority BlogWhat we eat, or don’t eat, can affect our immune system. This study was conducted to determine the effect of the consumption of brightly colored vegetables on the immune system: the first two weeks basically no fruits and veggies, then two weeks drinking a cup-and-a-half of tomato juice every day, then carrot juice, then spinach powder. This is a graph of a marker of immune function over those eight weeks. Within just two weeks of a fruit and veggie deficient diet, immune function plummets. But just a cup-and-a-half of tomato juice can bring us back from the ashes. Not five servings a day, just that tall glass of tomato juice. But the carrot juice alone didn’t seem to work as well, nor did the powder equivalent of about one serving of spinach. This says to me two things—how remarkably we can affect our immune function with simple dietary decisions, and not all veggies are alike. Though this study was repeated looking at other immune markers and the tomato versus carrot appeared more evenly matched, there is one family of vegetables we definitely don’t want to miss out on. Inflammation, leaky gut, all because of an absence of AHR ligands; in other words an absence of cruciferous vegetables: cabbage, collards, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.

So, do people who eat healthier actually get sick less? Those who eat more fruits and vegetables appear to have a lower risk of getting an upper respiratory tract infection, like the common cold, whether they’re vegetarian or not. Even just one added apple a day may help keep the doctor away. The common cold is so innocuous, though, why not test against something stronger?

One can also look at more serious respiratory infections like influenza. Looking at the relationship between various risk factors and influenza-related hospitalizations in the United States, researchers found that a 5% increase in the prevalence of obesity was bad, associated with a 6% increased hospitalization rate. But physical inactivity was worse: 7%. But just tiny bump in the rates of low fruit and vegetable consumption may increase flu-related hospitalization rates even more.

And the common cold isn’t always innocuous. A common cold during the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with a number of birth defects, including one of the worst, anencephaly, a fatal malformation of the brain. More recent data suggest it’s the fever, as anti-fever drugs appear able to prevent the possible birth defects causing effect of the common cold, but even better, not to get sick in the first place.

A thousand women and their diets were followed before and during pregnancy, and women who consumed more fruits and vegetables had a moderate reduction in risk of upper respiratory tract infection during pregnancy, and this benefit appears to be derived from both fruits and vegetables instead of either alone.

Whole fruits and vegetables provide a natural balance of all sorts of things that may improve our immune function in a complementary, combined, or synergistic manner that could account for the protective effect observed from high consumption of both fruits and vegetables. Or maybe that’s the only way they got enough. The women who appeared protected in this study were eating nearly nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day, compared with only five servings of fruits, or four of veggies. That may fulfill some arbitrary five or six a day minimum, but may be insufficient for effective immunity.

For example, in that famous study I profiled previously, elderly individuals randomized into a five-a-day group had an improved antibody response to their pneumonia vaccination, compared to just two servings of fruits and vegetables a day; an 80% increase. But only about 30% reached their target levels: 12 out of 40. Six times better than the two-a-day group, but maybe eight-, nine-, or ten-a-day would have worked better.

Doctor’s Note

Need a reminder about what those protective Ah receptors are? See The Broccoli Receptor: Our First Line of Defense and Counteracting the Effects of Dioxins Through Diet.

What’s the best way to prepare broccoli? See my Second Strategy to Cooking Broccoli video.

Women can overdo it, though, in late pregnancy. See Caution: Anti-inflammatory Foods in the Third Trimester.

What else can we do to lower our risk of upper respiratory tract infections? See:

Stay tuned for my upcoming video Are Happier People Actually Healthier? later this week that compares people’s resistance to having the common cold virus dripped into their nostrils.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.
Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Broccoli, Potato and Leek Soup Recipe For Breast Cancer

Broccoli, Potato and Leek Soup Recipe For Breast Cancer

By Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
Leeks are in the same family as garlic and onions and have been shown to improve immune function and reported to have anti-cancer effects. Broccoli tops the list as one of the best natural cancer fighters around. Thatʼs because compounds in this cruciferous vegetable called isothiocyanates may actually halt the growth of cancer cells, according to several studies.

Ingredients:
8 cups water
8 tsp vegetable base
4 cups broccoli, bite-size florets (about 1/2 lb)
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sweet onion, small diced
1 tbsp garlic, fresh and finely chopped, (about 6
cloves)
3/4 pound leeks, white part only, washed and medium diced (about 2 cups chopped) 1 1/2 pounds yukon or Idaho potatoes, peeled and large diced
2 lbs broccoli, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

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Directions
In cook pot, add 8 cups water and vegetable base, mix and bring to a simmer. Add 4 cups broccoli florets and blanch until just tender, remove from stock, set aside and save. In cook pot, sauté onions on medium heat in olive oil until transparent, add garlic without browning, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Add diced leeks and sauté 4 minutes. Add saved vegetable stock, increase heat, bring to a simmer, add potatoes, bring to a boil and simmer four minutes. Then add 2 pounds chopped broccoli and simmer on medium heat until potatoes are fully cooked. Turn off heat and blend with a vertical stick blender until completely pureed. Garnish with blanched broccoli florets and serve.

Note: For an oil free cancer diet omit sauteing vegetables and add directly to vegetable base.

A balanced breast cancer diet includes 5 or more servings a day of fruits and vegetables along with foods from a variety of other plant sources such as nuts, seeds, whole grain cereals, and beans.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange: Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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