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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Zucchini-Ricotta Pizza

Nobody on treatment should have to give up pizza. This delicious easy pie, rich with creamy ricotta and pine nuts is here to...

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Salmon 'Al Cartoccio'

‘Al cartoccio’ is simply the Italian way of saying ‘en papillotte’ or ‘cooked in a bag’....

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Dill & Mint Marinated Salmon

I’ve always loved mint, and once I realized that dill was ‘aneth’ the herb I’d loved so much with...

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Sides

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Savory Sweet Potato Fries

These sweet potato fries are the perfect snack when you want something savory, classic, and delicious. They use common...

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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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Soups

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Pumpkin Soup

This light, tasty soup uses no fat or oil and can be soothing to a system challenged by treatment. Dashi is the classic light...

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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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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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