University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Recipes

Wild Rice Salad with Kale

Wild Rice Salad with Kale

March 24, 2016

Kale is cruciferous vegetable loaded with vitamins A, C and K, calcium, and fiber. Cruciferous vegetables contain indoles, glucosinolates, and isothiocyanates, phytochemicals that may help prevent cancer by aiding the body in detoxifying and blocking carcinogens, limiting production of cancer-related hormones, preventing tumor growth and working as anti-oxidants.

Vanilla-Almond Chia Breakfast Pudding

Vanilla-Almond Chia Breakfast Pudding

January 27, 2016

Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fats must be consumed in the diet and are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. A variety of cancers, including colorectal, liver, lung and prostate, have been linked to chronic inflammation3. Omega-3 fatty acids also may reduce the production of enzymes that promote cancer cell growth.

Spinach with Garbanzos, Raisins, & Pine Nuts

Spinach with Garbanzos, Raisins, & Pine Nuts

December 3, 2015

Here is a high fiber, vegan recipe with pine nuts and garbanzo beans as the lead protein sources. Spinach, like other dark, leafy greens, contains a wide range of carotenoids.

Roasted Broccoli, Mushroom, and Barley Salad

Roasted Broccoli, Mushroom, and Barley Salad

October 7, 2015

Mushrooms contain ergothioneine, an amino acid with a strong antioxidant effect which may help reduce the risk of certain cancers. They are a special addition to this nutritionally balanced, robustly flavored salad blend.

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Arugula and Hazelnuts

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Arugula and Hazelnuts

October 7, 2015

Asparagus is an excellent source of folate, a B vitamin which may help to lower the risk of cancers of the colon, pancreas, and esophagus. Arugula is considered a cruciferous vegetable, containing compounds which may inhibit the development of certain cancers, as well.

Raw Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

Raw Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

September 9, 2015

Kale and Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables that contain isothiocyanates. These are compounds which may reduce both oxidative stress and inflammation that play a role in cancer.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

August 28, 2015

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A, a fat soluble vitamin which is essential in supporting healthy vision and immune system function. 

Green Goddess Broccoli and Arugula Soup

Green Goddess Broccoli and Arugula Soup

August 28, 2015

Cruciferous vegetables have unique compounds that have been shown in the laboratory to interfere with tumor growth and neutralize cancer-causing chemicals. Broccoli and arugula are also rich in Vitamin A, C and K.

Watermelon Smoothie Cooler

Watermelon Smoothie Cooler

August 28, 2015

Both watermelon and strawberries are rich in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Chia seeds are packed with fiber, Omega-3s fats, and protein. You can add some mint to this smoothie for even more flavor. Enjoy this healthy nutrient-packed smoothie on a hot day!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Coconut Milk

Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Coconut Milk

August 28, 2015

Like avocados, cacao is rich in health promoting antioxidants and has been used throughout many cultures for years for health purposes. This recipe combines avocado and cacao to make a healthy and tasty treat.