Foodie Friday: Pasta, Kebabs & Power Bombs


foodiefriday-wp-logoWOW! Can you believe that another week has flown past and it is once again Foodie Friday? We hope that you have all had a great, healthy and fun-filled week and that all our Little Fighters are feeling strong!

As we all know, Children with Cancer often struggle to eat due to problems with their mouths or throats due to their treatment, or because cancer treatment makes one nauseous and takes away the appetite.

Eating well and getting sufficient nutrition, however, is paramount in building up their immune systems and in helping them to maintain their weight and fight the cancer

Here are some more tasty, healthy recipes that we hope that you and your Little Fighter will enjoy making and eating…

Healthy Pesto Pasta

All the greens in this delicious pasta are extremely healthy, as are the nuts, and this is a great way to get the children to eat veggies and actually enjoy them. The pasta is delicious without being too rich.

Ingredientspenne-pesto-pasta

  • 450 grams  whole grain penne pasta
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 cup packed dark greens (spinach, kale, chard)
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts or pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to box directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking place basil, dark greens, nuts, and parmesan in food processor. Pulse four to five times to break down ingredients.
  3. Drizzle a bit of olive oil into food processor and pulse.
  4. Slowly drizzle remaining oil into processor until smooth paste forms.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Fold pesto into warm or cooled pasta &Serve.

 

Greek Chicken Kebabs

Fire up the grill for this yummy recipe and do something other than heavy steaks or dry chicken pieces on your braai. These kebabs are so flavourful you’ll forget that they are actually very healthy!

Serves 6

Ingredientschicken-kabobs-recipe

  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano (or 2 tsp. dried)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 680 grams chicken breast, cut in 2-inch pieces
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes

Directions

  1. In a large glass or ceramic bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Heat grill to medium high. Thread chicken, zucchini, and tomatoes onto skewers. Grill until chicken is done, about 8 minutes on each side (internal temperature should be 165° F).

 

Power Bomb Energy Bites

These little nuggets with protein and fibre will give your little one long-lasting energy, and they will thoroughly enjoy them

Makes 18 energy bites

Ingredientsenergy-bites

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup dry tart cherries, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked and cooled
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup, or other liquid sweetener
  • 1 cup dry instant oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 dash vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds, toasted and ground

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except flax seeds
  2. Mix until incorporated
  3. Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop out balls and roll them in the flax seed
  4. Store in an airtight container

 

 

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

Posted on 3 March, 2017, in Advice & Tips, Blog, nutrition, recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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