According to The Meals to Heal Cookbook (Da Capo Press, 2017) nutrition is a vital component of anyone's fight against cancer, but loss of appetite and side effects of treatment can make even the simple act of eating a challenge. Created by oncology-credentialed registered dietitians, these delicious, nourishing, easy-to-prepare dishes are full of the nutrients you need to maintain strength during treatment. Loaded with essential nutrition info and recipes coded by common symptoms and side effects (including fatigue, nausea, digestive issues, mouth sores, taste and smell aversion, and others).
The seitan and sauce give these vegetarian lettuce wraps an irresistible umami flavor, while the colorful veggies lend a refreshing crunch in every bite. Lettuce wraps are an easy and inexpensive way to cut down on carbs and calories, if needed. Chopped chicken or turkey breast can be used as alternative proteins. If experiencing difficulty chewing or swallowing, pulse cooked seitan sauté in a blender prior to eating.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, grated
- 4 ounces seitan, finely chopped
- 1 medium-size carrot, cut into small matchsticks
- 6 small mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1/4 small head red cabbage, shredded
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- Pinch of chili powder
- 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 head iceberg or butter lettuce
- Dry-roasted peanuts, crushed
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for a minute.
- Add the seitan, carrot, mushrooms, cabbage, and scallions and sauté for another minute (if the pan gets dry, add a little water). Mix in the lime juice, soy sauce, chili powder, and teriyaki sauce.
- Push the ingredients to the side and crack the egg in the skillet. Stir quickly to break the yolk and then incorporate the egg with the rest of the mixture. Once the egg is cooked, remove the skillet from the heat.
- Assemble by filling a whole piece of lettuce with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the seitan mixture and then sprinkle crushed peanuts on top.
For more from The Meals to Heal Cookbook visit:
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Adapted from The Meals to Heal Cookbook: 150 Easy, Nutritionally Balanced Recipes to Nourish You During Your Fight with Cancer by Susan Bratton and Jessica Iannotta, MS, RD, CDO, CDN. Copyright ©2016. Available from Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.