Posole, popular in Mexico and across the Southwestern United States, is a thick and nourishing corn stew often served at ceremonies and celebrations. Because the soup consists primarily of beans and hominy–a white or yellow corn with the tough hull and germ removed–it is a protein and fiber-packed meal, good for maintaining energy and digestive health during cancer treatment.
The star of this dish is traditionally posole, though hominy is a similar kernel and commonly used as a substitute. Whole hominy kernels are large and tough, and are made edible only after treated in a solution such as limewater (not the citrus, but calcium hydroxide lime). The process releases additional health benefits as well, particularly the B vitamin niacin, which is not found in untreated corn products.
Hominy is filling, easy (if you buy the canned variety) and inexpensive. It’s also packed with fiber. A one-cup serving of hominy has four grams of fiber. Additional fiber and protein in the recipe here come from the beans and cabbage.
The stew is versatile, converted easily for vegetarians, and adaptable to your cravings. You can make it mild or spicy, depending how your taste buds may be reacting to treatment. It also makes great leftovers.
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