Packed with vegetables, this tasty spring recipe has lots of fiber which can help relieve constipation, a common side effect of some cancer treatments.
This avocado "alfredo" is high in protein and calories, making it a great choice for patients experiencing weight loss while undergoing cancer treatment.
- 2 oz chickpea or lentil pasta (or about 1 cup)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2-3 basil leaves
- 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts
- 1 tbsp. parmesan cheese
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- Boil water and cook pasta per instructions on package. Reserve 2 tablespoons of pasta water.
- Heat a skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil and saute broccoli florets for 4-6 minutes until crispy.
- In a blender, add avocado, pasta water, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic powder, basil leaves, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Add avocado sauce and sautéed broccoli to pasta and mix together.
- Add chopped walnuts and parmesan and enjoy!
Serves 1. Provides 768 calories and 22g protein per serving.
- This avocado "alfredo" is high in calories making it a great choice for patients undergoing treatment.
- Pasta made from legumes like lentils and chickpeas contain higher amounts of protein than standard pasta. You can also add grilled chicken for extra protein!
- For patients with mucositis and mouth sores, eliminate or decrease the lemon juice and red pepper flakes.
Recipe provided by Mass General Cancer Center Dietitians