Shortcut recipes long on nutrition, RECIPES FOR RECOVERY offers simple meal ideas for those weakened from major surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, or serious illness.
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It takes time to recover from a major operation like cardiac bypass or from a lengthy illness. You need good nutrition with minimal effort. Recipes for Recovery can help those who struggle with anemia, low immune systems, or both. Post-surgery patients will benefit, too.
This cooking program will not make you an iron chef or gourmet cook. Nor is Recipes for Recovery a weight-loss plan. Patients battling anemia and/or low immune systems should not be restricting their diet to lose weight. That’s not a license to eat all the pie and ice cream you want; but now is the time to heal and rebuild your health, not count calories.
As with any food plan, you should follow Recipes for Recovery only with your physician’s approval.
Cabbage and Bean Soup
Take advantage of those ready-to-use bags of cabbage slaw mixes or other greens for this soup.
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup frozen seasoning blend
1 cup lean cooked ham cubes
1 14-15 oz. can small white beans, rinsed and drained.
1 quart beef, chicken, or vegetable stock
1 pound bag cabbage slaw mix
1 tsp. black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup frozen hash brown potatoes
Spray inside of a four-quart pan with the cooking spray. Heat pan over medium heat.
Add seasoning blend and ham, stirring occasionally until lightly browned (about 3-5 minutes)
Add beans and stock. Bring to a boil then add slaw mix, allowing it to wilt into the soup.
Add seasonings, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
Stir in frozen potatoes and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf and serve.
Yield: 4 to 5 servings
Variation: Substitute greens or spinach for the cabbage slaw mix.