Summer Pasta – Great Recipe for an Anti-Cancer Diet

Summer Pasta Recipe For Dining Outdoors

By Diana Ross, Co-Founder Breast Cancer Yoga.

Well I can only tell you how happy the family is; finally outside with our favorite “Summer Pasta.” We wanted to celebrate Bob’s Father’s Day with our summer special. The pasta was spelt and the mushrooms shiitake – all good stuff. What is the best part is that it is quick and easy. You can do it all in 30 minutes. Tomatoes, basil, garlic and shiitake mushrooms are all great foods for an anti-cancer diet. Studies support this, especially when prepared raw and organic. They are packed with powerful antioxidants. Plus it is so comforting.


Ingredients:

  • 6 plum tomatoes sliced in smaller chunks
  • bunch of fresh basil chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts or any favorite nut
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. Bring water to boil for pasta. We like spaghetti but any pasta is perfect. Tonight we tried spelt pasta and it was tasty.
  2. Saute’ garlic, mushrooms in olive oil, once brown add pine nuts to brown.
  3. In a separate bowl slice the tomatoes and basil. Then combine the remaining olive oil, basil, and seasoning. Add the garlic, mushrooms and pine nut last.
  4. When pasta is dente, add all ingredients together.

To support a plant based diet for breast cancer prevention we offer vegan recipes once a week for Meatless Monday. We ask you to support your local organic farmer when you purchase the ingredients for this recipe. Enjoy!

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana 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.

The Herbalist Enthusiast

Breast Cancer Herb  - Viola odorata – Sweet Violet - FlowersBy: Diana Ross, Breast Cancer Yoga’s Herbal Enthusiast.
Viola odorata – Sweet Violet – Flowers

Meatless Monday is going to have a new twist this week. As I walk everywhere watching and smelling all the beauty awakening around me I see first and foremost the “sweet violet”. These heart shaped leaves come with beautiful purple scented flowers which are edible: they are so much more than pretty ornamentals for your garden. Today we are sharing the flowers as eatables in salads. Many flowers and flowering vegetables produce petals that can be added to many sweet and savory dishes for an extra kick of color and flavor, and sweet violet is no exception.


First I want to share what sweet violet is, and how valuable it’s healing properties are for breast cancer, hay fever, congestion and sinus pain. We will be sharing my Master Herbalist, Patricia Krysti Howell’s exciting plant this week too but I wanted to share this amazing plant/herb. Patricia brought it to my keen attention and all that it has to offer. It has been used for neoplasms (abnormal tissue growth in the breast) and for the alimentary canal (whole passage along which food passes through the body.) It has anti-HIV actions – that are validated. Easing inflammation and roughness of the throat in a syrup concoction. The infused violets act as a mild expectorant. Actions of violets are known mostly for it’s use in “syrup of violets” as a mild laxative or as a herbal tea.

If you choose to plant violets in your herb garden just be mindful that they spread quickly. Love to make an arugula salad, blueberries or black berries and violet flowers. Totally yummy and incredibly beautiful.

 

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana 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.

Easy Sweet Potato, Kale & Avocado Salad Recipe

Meatless Monday Sweet Potato, Kale & Avocado SaladBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff

To help prevent a diagnosis of breast cancer, women should re-evaluate their nutrition and exercise practices. Many women wonder what lifestyle changes they should be making. Breast Cancer Yoga believes they must make the change to a plant based diet and exercise daily.

To encourage a plant based diet Breast Cancer Authority Blog offers Meatless  Monday recipes. This delicious recipe comes originally comes from Bring-Joy.com .
and includes Kale, a cruciferous vegetable that is especially rich in cancer prevention phytochemicals .

Ingredients

    • 3 sweet potatoes
    • 10 c. chopped raw kale
    • 2 cucumbers, peeled
    • 1/2 bunch cilantro
    • 3-4 green onions
    • 1/2 avocado
for the dressing
  • 3/4 c. raw cashews
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/3 c. agave | or honey
  • 1 1/2 TBS. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Peel & CUT the sweet potatoes into bite size chunks (not too small, though).
  2. Steam them in a steam basket (on high) with the lid on for about 7 minutes. You want the potatoes to be cooked, but firm (definitely not mushy at all).
  3. Cut cucumbers into small cube-ish pieces (but again, not too small).
  4. Chop half your cilantro, and slice your green onions.
  5. Place washed & dried, chopped kale in large bowl.
  6. Add cucumbers, cilantro, onions & sweet potatoes.
  7. Top with sliced avocado.
  8. For dressing, combine all ingredients & blend on high until very smooth.
  9. Dress the salad (using all or only a portion of dressing), or leave it on the side for people to decide how much they want.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana 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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