Bland Diet

The bland diet can be counterintuitive to what many of us know about healthy eating. But when your stomach is hurting from surgery or intestinal problems, or you are nauseated from treatment, it's important to eat what you can. Foods in the bland diet are very gentle. They are low fiber, low in fat, not spicy, soft, and overall easy to digest.

Mains

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Salmon with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

This is a really simple way to cook salmon and a delicious way to eat it. The pleasantly bitter tasting broccoli rabe, and...

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Cider Glazed Turkey

The Asturias in Northern Spain are famous for their apples, and the cooks are partial to using the region’s light, dry...

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Poached Salmon with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Tarragon vinaigrette is delicious drizzled over salads and steamed vegetables; it’s also a wonderful way to liven up...

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Sides

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Twice Baked Potatoes

We love these potatoes in the CFYL office!  The cottage cheese and chives make for a light creamy version of the usual...

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Gratin Potatoes

I lived in Paris for 12 years and learned to adore the rich gratin potatoes that were so often served with grilled or...

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Parsley Mashed Potatoes

The very first time I ate mashed potatoes with parsley, olive oil and garlic was at a family lunch in a small town deep in the...

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Soups

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Summer Borscht

This gorgeous summer soup is a real treat for fans of beets. I love them. Beets are wonderfully nutritious, full of vitamins...

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Egg Noodles in Broth

This quick soup is one of the reasons why I always have homemade stock in my freezer. Although my treatment is behind me, when...

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Ginger Coconut Soup

This soothing Asian-style soup is really fast to make. The vegetables we’ve chosen are really delicious together, but if...

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Salads

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Steamed Leeks with Mustard Vinaigrette

This classic French bistro dish is a really delicious way to get your vitamins when raw salads are forbidden during chemo. Look...

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Breakfast

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Tahini and Apple Oatmeal

Breakfast is a wonderful meal, whenever you choose to eat it. This naturally sweet, simple breakfast porridge is a vegan treat...

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Fennel and Rice Porridge

Fennel is wonderfully calming to the stomach. Cooked this way with rice into a thick simple porridge, its anise flavor becomes...

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Apples Poached in Chamomile Tea

Gala apples are mild tasting and naturally sweet and are a wonderful choice for these gently poached apples. The mix of their...

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Dessert

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Vanilla Pudding

I don’t understand why something dull is labeled ‘vanilla’. To me the vanilla bean gives us one of the more...

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Leftover Rice Pudding

This recipe came about one night when it was cold and I wanted something a little sweet and soothing but didn’t have a...

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Maple Yogurt

People are wowed when we make this at class. They don’t realize how very easy it is to transform plain yogurt by adding...

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Snacks & Beverages

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Chocolate Coconut Smoothie

Dark chocolate + coconut! If you love this combo as much as I do, this deliciously rich high-calorie smoothie will help you...

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Cottage Cheese Cream & Pear Compote

This snack is low in fat and high in protein, and to my mind makes s a surprisingly light and delicious alternative to whipped...

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Lemon Ginger Scones

If you are as big a fan of crystallized ginger as we all are at Cook for Your LIFE, and love a good scone too, then this...

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Basics, Sauces & Dressings

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Winter Vegetable Broth

If you can turn lemons into lemonade, then this is a great way to transform veggies that are no longer be pretty enough to...

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Basic Polenta

Polenta is the all time Italian comfort food. It is made from finely ground cornmeal, and is a great alternative as a side...

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Basic White Rice

It may seem counterintuitive, but despite the benefits of whole grains, there are times when it’s actually better for you...

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Healthy Holidays

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Cider Glazed Turkey

The Asturias in Northern Spain are famous for their apples, and the cooks are partial to using the region’s light, dry...

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Toshikoshi Year-End Soba Noodles

A bowl of hot soba noodles is a traditional evening New Year’s Eve dish in Japan. Loosely translated, toshikoshi soba,...

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Green Bean & Mushroom Sauté

When I ate my first Thanksgiving dinner in the US, after living in Paris for so long, some of the dishes seemed really alien to...

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