Quick Veggie Soup: Cancer Comfort Food

Quick Veggie Soup

Cold weather seems to go hand and hand with cold and flu season. Aside from washing your hands and stocking up on Vitamin C, there’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup to fight away the chills. My recipe for Quick Veggie Soup from Eating Well Through Cancer is the perfect crowd-pleasing vegetarian option. Loaded with vegetables and light on fat, this trim soup will fill everyone up without weighting them down. It’s easy to put together on those nights where you want to put a nutritious meal on the table, but you’re short on time. Also, the soup freezes well, so consider doubling and freezing for another cold night. To cut down prep time even more, substitute a package of frozen mixed vegetables for the carrots, corn, and peas.

Quick Veggie Soup from Holly Clegg’s Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recipes & Recommendations During & After Treatment – Spanish edition now available: Alimentándose bien durante el cancer

6 servings/serving size: 1 cup

1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (16-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato puree
4 cups water
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce
1 cup  sliced carrots
1/3 cup white or brown rice
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen  green peas

1. In large nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion and garlic 5 minutes or until done.

2. Add tomato puree, water, salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, carrots, and rice. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 20–25 minutes or until rice is done.

3. Add corn and peas and continue cooking 10 minutes or until heated. Remove bay leaf before serving. If needed, add more water to soup.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 129, Calories from fat 5%, Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 95mg, Carbohydrate 29 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sugars 9 g, Protein 5 g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 carbohydrate

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Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age cookbook

Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age cookbook


As the month of October is upon us, it has me Thinking Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Cancer awareness, prevention and treatment  is close to all of our hearts as breast cancer as probably touched each of us in some way.  If you want to let someone you love dearly know you they are special and that you are thinking of them, then Think Pink this month with the gift of nutrition as in Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age cookbook. Especially with it’s fun pink cover, this cookbook is as fun to read as it is to cook and eat out of it!  With the nutritional information and dietetic exchanges, we know eating healthier is a way to fight cancer!!!  35% of all cancers have a nutritional relationship so start now….with a trim&TERRIFIC lifestyle!!  Too Hot is also available to download as an ebook on Amazon and B&N

Another great option for a loved one going through cancer treatment, needing to keep their strength up through nutrition, is my cookbook with oncologist, Gerald Miletello, Eating Well Through Cancer or  Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer / Eating Well Through Cancer (Spanish Edition)

Eating Well Through Cancer is now available as ebook on Amazon and on Nook!  And, Too Hot in the Kitchen is also available as an ebook!!!

Turn any recipe pink with food coloring for a fun treat.  Here’s my favorite and most simple King Cake recipe made with crescent rolls for a fun, delicious and easy-to-make treat.


Chicken Tortilla Soup for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

DSC_1306I teamed up with the good folks at WBRZ this week to highlight some of my favorite recipes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This Chicken Tortilla Soup is in the caregiver chapter of my Eating Well Through Cancer book as it makes a deliciously warm comfort food to take to a friend or loved one that is undergoing treatment to fight cancer. The book is also now available as an eBook for your Ipad, Kindle or other device. In the doctor’s note for this recipe it adds that tomatoes are high in lycopene, and Vitamins A and C and that Vitamin C promotes healthy gums and teeth, aiding in iron absorption and wound healing.  Check out more information about my cancer book, And, if you are looking for the perfect PINK GIFT, any friend will have fun with Too Hot in the Kitchen


Chicken Tortilla Soup in Eating Well Through Cancer and now a Spanish edition Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer (Spanish version)

A one pot popular and really tasty version of southwestern chicken soup.

Makes 8 (1-cup) servings

1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 cups low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 (16-ounce bag) frozen corn
2 cups shredded skinless Rotisserie chicken breast
Tortilla Strips (see recipe)
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 small avocado, peeled and diced, (optional)

1. In large pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté the onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes.
2. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, lime juice, corn and chicken. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes, time permitting.
3. Serve with tortilla strips (see below), cheese, green onion, and avocado, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 345, Protein 31g, Carbohydrate 40g, Fat 7g, Calories from Fat 18%, Saturated Fat 3g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Cholesterol 57mg, Sodium 791mg Diabetic Exchanges:
2.5 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable

Terrific Tip: Topping with cheese adds both protein and calories to your meal.

Nutrition Nugget: A dish your whole family will enjoy. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, and Vitamins A and C. Vitamin C is a member of the antioxidant family of vitamins. Vitamin C promotes healthy gums and teeth, aiding in iron absorption and wound healing.

Tortilla Strips

6 (8-inch) flour tortillas (use corn tortillas for gluten-free option)

1. To make tortilla strips, while soup is cooking, preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Cut tortillas into 1/2-inch wide strips. Coat baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and lay strips over sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Strips may be stored in zip lock bags

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Pan de Arándanos y Batata o Camote/Easy Cranberry Yam Bread

Easy Cranberry Yam BreadOctubre es el mes dedicado al cáncer de seno, por lo tanto, me gustaría compartir con ustedes una de las recetas de mi libro de cocina de Alimentandose bien durante el cáncer. Esta receta se encuentra en el capítulo de Aperitivos y Comidas Ligeras y es excelente para cuando se antoja un bocadillo ligero. Usted puede hacerlo con anticipación y congelarlo para aquellos días que no se siente tan bien. Te encantará la facilidad de la receta y los sabores de otoño con arándanos agrios que le darán ese toque de fruta y las batatas o camotes un sabor naturalmente dulce. Esta receta hace el desayuno perfecto y la podrá disfrutar la familia entera.

PAN DE ARÁNDANOS Y BATATA O CAMOTE from Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer/Eating Well Through Cancer (English Versoin)
Pan excepcionalmente rápido y fantástico, que se empieza a preparar con una
mezcla ya preparada de pan. El queso crema le da un sabor intenso, las batatas o
camotes un sabor el dulce y los arándanos un toque de fruta.

Ingredientes para 16 porciones

1 paquete de queso crema descremado de 8 onzas
1 taza de azúcar
1 lata de batatas escurridas y hechas puré de 15 onzas
2 huevos
1 1/2 tazas de mezcla ya preparada para hacer pan o biscuit baking mix
1 cucharadita de canela molida
1/2 cucharadita de nuez moscada molida
1 taza de arándanos secos o frescos

1. Precaliente el horno a 350°F. Cubra con aceite aerosol antiadherente un molde para el horno de 9 x 5 x 3 pulgadas.
2. En un tazón grande bata el queso crema y el azúcar hasta que esté cremoso. Añada las batatas o camotes y los huevos. Mezcle la harina ya preparada para hacer pan, la canela, la nuez moscada y los arándanos; combínelo todo bien. Traslade la mezcla al molde que ya tiene
3. Métalo al horno de 45 a 60 minutos o hasta que cuando inserte un palillo en el centro de la masa y salga limpio. Deje que se enfríe unos 15 minutos antes de servirlo

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Gingerbread Muffins for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Gingerbread muffins plate 4Light and fluffy, this muffin has all of the flavor of your favorite spiced cookie in this moist anytime snack or breakfast muffin. Keep some muffins in the freezer to pop out when not feeling well and need a boost. Ginger has been shown to help nausea symptoms so these muffins may be just the ticket to feeling better. This recipe actually comes from my Eating Well To Fight Arthritis book which makes the perfect pink present this month.

Makes 20 muffins

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup molasses
2 eggs
1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoons baking soda

1. Preheat oven 325°F. Coat muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray or line with papers.
2. In large bowl, combine both flours, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
3. In medium bowl, whisk together sugar and oil. Add molasses and eggs whisking until blended. In glass measuring cup, combine water and baking soda. Stir to dissolve. Pour in egg mixture and whisk until blended. Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined.
4. Spoon batter into paper lined tins, filling 1/2-3/4 full. Bake 20- 25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 161, Calories from Fat 25%, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 19mg, Sodium 140mg, Carbohydrates 28g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Total Sugars 14g, Protein 2g, Dietary Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat

Another great option for a loved one going through cancer treatment, needing to keep their strength up through nutrition, is my cookbook with oncologist, Gerald Miletello, Eating Well Through Cancer or  Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer / Eating Well Through Cancer (Spanish Edition)

Eating Well Through Cancer is now available as ebook on Amazon and on Nook!

Find more healthy nutritious recipes on my website.

Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer: Recetas fáciles y recomendaciones durante y después del tratamiento

COVER FINAL 9-5Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer: Recetas fáciles y recomendaciones durante y después del tratamiento. Es un libro de recetas que mejora la calidad de vida para pacientes con cáncer. Pacientes y cuidadores tienen ahora las herramientas necesarias para crear versiones más saludables de sus comidas favoritas, con recetas enfocadas en contrarrestar los efectos del tratamiento.

Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recommendations During & After Treatment is a reference cookbook that improves the quality of life for cancer patients by giving patients and their caregivers the tools to healthier versions of the foods we all love, and recipes targeted to ease specific symptoms of cancer treatments.

Cada capítulo se enfoca en un efecto secundario durante el tratamiento. Con sugerencias muy útiles para cuidadores y para después del tratamiento. Incluye lista de compras y consejos para cada síntoma. También se presentan recetas específicas para diabéticos, sin gluten, fáciles de congelar y para vegetarianos.

Los capítulos incluyen información sobre:
Quimioterapia, neutropenia, diarrea, estreñimiento, dolores en la boca, alimentos altos en proteínas, aumento de peso, aperitivos, cuidadores y qué hacer después del tratamiento.

Each chapter with focus on different side effect. Caregiver and Post Treatment Healthy Eating. Includes shopping list and tips for each side effect. Highlights Diabetic, Gluten-free, Freezer Friendly, and Vegetarian recipes.

Chapters include information about:
Day of Chemo, Neutropenia, Diarrhea, Constipation, Sore Mouth, High Protein, Weight Gain, Snacks, Caregivers, and Post Healthy Eating.

Sample Recipes from Spanish edition of Eating Well Through Cancer,

Fantastic Fruit Dip Make Easy, Light Snack

Fabulous Fruit DipSometimes a good way to enjoy fresh fruit is with a dip.  Fruit makes a great snack so whip up this Fantastic Fruit Dip and keep in the refrigerator to snack on any time of the day.  Of course, I am partial to strawberries but use whatever fruit sounds good to you at the time.  And, if you have young ones around, bananas are always a hit.

Fantastic Fruit Dip from Eating Well Through Cancer

Makes 16 (2-Tablespoon) servings

1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow creme
1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 Tablespoon grated orange rind
2 Tablespoons orange juice

1. In mixing bowl, beat together marshmallow crème, cream cheese until smooth. Stir in orange rind, orange juice.
2. Refrigerate until time to serve, serve with your fruit of choice.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 78, Protein (g) 2, Carbohydrate (g) 11, Fat (g) 3, Calories from Fat (%) 36, Saturated Fat (g) 2, Dietary Fiber (g) 0, Cholesterol (mg) 10, Sodium (mg) 71, Diabetic Exchanges: 0.5 other carbohydrate, 0.5 fat

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Eating Well Through Cancer Kindle and Nook Version Now Available: Includes New Recipes

No Stir Risotto

For those that like to use your kindle or nook, I have my new updated kindle version of Eating Well Through CancerThis version of the book was made exclusively for kindle to make the information easy to download, easy to read, and easy to prepare with photos.  The book includes information, new recipes, tips; all to help you during this challenging time.  The book is also available at Barnes & Noble for your Nook and most recently is available in Spanish, Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer / Eating Well Through Cancer (Spanish Edition)


 Kindle version: Eating Well Through Cancer

Nook version:  Eating Well Through Cancer

Eating Well Through  Cancer Kindles



Table of Contents

  • Day of Chemotherapy
  • Neutropenia
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Sore Mouth or Throat
  • High Calorie-High Protein
  • Snacks and Light Meals
  • Caregiver
  • Healthy Eating Post Treatment

A Note on the Recipes
✦ The nutritional analysis provided for each recipe is based on the larger portion size listed.
✦ Although most of the recipes in this book have diabetic exchanges, not all recipes are appropriate for diabetics unless they have a “D”. Follow your doctor’s recommendations.

There is so much information on cancer prevention; however, my focus is on what you can eat when you have cancer.  There are foods that are better tolerated and ease the symptoms while going through treatment.  As author of the book, Eating Well Through Cancer, I can give you easy nutritious everyday recipes to feed the family when you experience the various side effects.  My common sense approach to cooking makes this a book everyone can use.  Food is comfort, energy, and nutrition, but what you eat can make a difference in how you feel.

From a spring brunch, to caregiver help or what to enjoy most when you have a sore mouth, you will recognize these pantry-friendly time-friendly recipes.  I can give tips, guidance and information regarding food and cancer.

Daddy and Larynx Cancer

Mother-DaddyMy Dad is my hero-he had larynx cancer 9 years ago and has to speak with an artificial larynx–and talks so much he usually goes through two batteries daily.  (You can see his artificial larynx around his neck-the way he communicates).   He was the inspiration for my cookbook, Eating Well Through Cancer as he enjoys food as much as I do.  There are foods that are better tolerated and ease the symptoms-and my goal was to show you those foods to make going through treatment easier.  He will share his thoughts with you from time to time.

Check out recipes from my Spanish and English editions

Eating Well Through Cancer can help with eating during a challenging time in your life.

Spanish edition now available: Alimentándose bien durante el cancer  For sample recipes, check my website.

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Eating Well Through Cancer

Cream of Spinach Soup

Cream of Spinach Soup

Cream of Spinach Soup

Craving soup? This Cream of Spinach Soup from my cancer cookbook  is full of vitamin and minerals as well as a good source of fiber to help keep bowels regular. Serve it as a light meal or pair with a salad or sandwich a heartier lunch or dinner. It’s a one pot dish for easy clean up and freezer friendly as you can make ahead and pull it out of the freezer for an easy meal, quick!

Cream of Spinach Soup from Eating Well Through Cancer/Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer 

Frozen broccoli can also be used for a broccoli soup version. For soup craving, here’s an easy idea. Soups are enjoyed any time of day and freeze well.

Makes 8  (1-cup) servings

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
1 3/4 cups canned fat-free chicken broth or vegetable broth
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, cooked according to  package directions and drained well
Salt and pepper to taste

In large pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté the mushrooms and onion until tender over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the soup, chicken broth, spinach, and salt and pepper, stirring until thoroughly heated. Transfer to a food processor or blender to purée.

Nutritional information per serving
Calories 76, Protein (g) 4, Carbohydrate (g) 11, Fat (g) 2, Cal. from Fat (%) 24, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Cholesterol (mg) 3, Sodium (mg) 700, Diabetic Exchanges: 0.5 starch, 1 vegetable, 0.5 fat

Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, copper and other vitamins. Spinach is a good source of vitamins and rich source of Beta Carotene, protein, and folacin. Folacin is important in the synthesis of DNA, which controls cell function. Folacin acts with B12 to produce red blood cells.

For more Eating Well through Cancer or Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer  recipes visit www.hollyclegg.com