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Easy Recipes for Cancer Survivors: Summer Salad and Bruschetta with Ricotta & Peaches
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Chef Ryan Callahan
Author of Cooking for Chemo...and After! and Cooking for Kids with Cancer

Summer Salad

Ease of Preparation: Beginner

Dish Description: This salad is absolutely one of my favorite dishes during the summer. The tomatoes and the cucumbers work together to make a dish that is savory and light. The vinegar in this dish is what truly pulls all the flavors together. The longer you let this marinate, the more homogenized the flavors become.

Tasting Guidelines
This dish should taste savory
The weight of this dish is light but can be balanced with red wine vinaigrette
The texture of this dish is like a salad
This dish is good for people with low-to-moderate cancer treatment side effects
This dish gives an emotional response of summertime freshness
This dish is best categorized as Mediterranean

Ingredients
8 oz. feta cheese, diced
4 Roma tomatoes
1 large cucumber
2 green bell peppers
1 medium red onion, sliced
A generous but reasonable helping of Kalamata olives

Flavor Balancers
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Red wine vinaigrette (I use the brand Wishbone)

Recipe Directions
Wash all fresh ingredients thoroughly before cutting. Cut all ingredients into 1” chunks. Place prepared ingredients in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with feta cheese and olives. Toss dressing with all the ingredients 30 minutes before serving.


Bruschetta with Ricotta & Peaches

Ease of Preparation: Beginner

Dish Description: One of my personal favorite dishes ever! One of those dishes that its brilliance is only exceeded by its simplicity. This is a classic Italian snack that is perfect any time. 

Tasting Guidelines
This dish should taste sweet
The weight of this dish is light but can be balanced with oregano
The texture of this dish is creamy and crunchy
This dish is good for people with low-to-severe cancer treatment side effects
This dish gives an emotional response of delicious simplicity
This dish is best categorized as Italian

Ingredients
Whole milk soft ricotta cheese
1 loaf artisan bread, Italian,
French, or crusty wheat
Peach preserves

Flavor Balancers
Black pepper to taste
Kosher salt to taste
Dried oregano

Recipe Directions: Slice bread into 1” thick slices. Spread a healthy coating of ricotta on slices (think “spreading cream cheese on a bagel”). Lightly sprinkle black pepper and kosher salt on top of the ricotta. Now smother the ricotta with peach preserves. Sprinkle oregano on top. Enjoy!

Chef Tips: Do all the steps at once for each recipe for ease of assembly. It can be frozen but not refrigerated. Refrigeration dries out bread whereas freezing preserves it properly. For ease and convenience, you can always use good sandwich bread that has been lightly toasted. Do not use toasted bread if mouth sores are present.

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