7 Recipes Every Cancer Patient Should Try

2. Lemon, Broccoli and Garlic Penne Pasta


Pasta is generally easy to digest and very filling, perfect if you need to build your weight up after treatment. The added nutrients and antioxidants of the lemon, broccoli and garlic will help to boost your immune system, swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth for a vegetarian version.

Ingredients (serves 4):
½ pound of penne pasta (or any other type of pasta you have)
5 cups of broccoli
¼ cup of olive oil (or oil of your choice)
10 thinly sliced cloves of garlic
½ cup of low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
Zest of one lemon, grated
¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta as per directions on the packet, but add in the broccoli three minutes before the end of cooking time, once cooked, drain and put to one side. In a skillet heat the oil over a medium heat and saute the garlic slices for one to two minutes until it starts to color. Add the broth and bring to a boil; simmer until the liquid has reduced by about half. Stir regularly so the garlic doesn’t stick to the pan. Add the broccoli, pasta and lemon zest and stir through until heated. Season and serve with the parmesan cheese scattered over the top.

Source: American Cancer Society

Learn more about this nutrition program that’s been effective for Hispanic breast cancer survivors.


  1. Rhonda Fleming says:

    Thank you for posting these recipes. My lil sis was just diagnosed with breast cancer last Friday. We are ready to fight in every way possible.

  2. American Cancer Society; you’ve got to be kidding me!! Pastas and other carbs turn into sugars which feed cancer. Plus, you can load up on meats or fruits either.
    I will continue to look for a reliable source.

    • Elle says:

      it is a misconception that sugar feeds cancer- I am a dietitian and learned that this is a myth while I was doing my oncology rotation at the hospital.

    • Dan Morich says:

      Sugars don’t “feed cancer” – that’s an old wives tale that is spread by bad posts like yours. Please don’t spread false pseudoscience and mislead people, especially the ill who are searching for things to believe.

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