Beef and Broccoli Recipe

Beef and Broccoli Recipe
Beef and Broccoli is a Chinese restaurant classic. Thinly sliced beef, stir fried with broccoli and then topped with a savory brown sauce.

Tasting Guidelines
Taste is savory.
Weight is medium.
Texture is al dente.
Best categorized as Cantonese American.
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Wonton Soup Recipe

Wonton Soup Recipe
A Chinese restaurant classic. The warm ginger and hearty pork dumplings make this delicious soup a classic comfort food. Tasting Guidelines Taste is savory. Weight is light. Texture is soft and soupy. Best categorized as Chinese American.
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Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

Hot and Sour Soup Recipe
The Chinese restaurant classic! Spicy, Savory, and a little sour. It is most definitely an acquired taste, but once you develop your palate for this soup you will find yourself craving it on cold winter days! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is spicy, savory, and sour. Weight is medium. Texture is soft and soupy. Best categorized as Chinese American.
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Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Matzo Ball Soup Recipe
A Jewish Classic! Matzo Ball Soup is the Jewish equivalent of Chicken Noodle Soup, with the biggest variation being dumplings made from matzo meal instead of pasta. This is a very filling and delicious soup full of warm flavors that will make you feel loved. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is salty and savory. Weight is light. Texture is soft. Good for low to severe side effects. Best categorized as Jewish comfort food.
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Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
A classic Italian dish. Fairly popular in Italian restaurants until recently when it was disregarded and categorized as old fashioned. It is characterized by chicken breasts covered in tomatoes and veggies then baked in the oven until it is fork tender. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, sweet, and a touch of spicy. Weight is light but can be balanced with savory and sugar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate side effects. Best categorized as family style Italian fare.
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Tabouleh Recipe

Tabouleh Recipe
Pronounced Tuh-Boo-Lee. A classic Mediterranean dish. Traditionally made with cracked burghul wheat. It is a perfectly light side dish. The recipe has been Americanized slightly by substituting couscous for the wheat. But it still maintains its texture, palate cleansing effects, and pop of freshness. This dish is a perfect palate cleanser because it contains not one but two types of palate cleansers which are fresh Italian parsley and fresh squeezed lemon. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is fresh and clean. Weight is super light but can be balanced with olive oil. Texture is grainy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Especially good for severe side effects to get rid of strong metallic tastes. Best categorized as Mediterranean.
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Crab and Lobster Bisque Recipe

Crab and Lobster Bisque Recipe
This recipe is one of my personal favorites. Call me decadent, but I like to personally use crab and lobster. The weight of this recipe is much lighter than it seems when done correctly. This recipe is also very easy to make, as a rule of thumb, bisque is always lighter in weight than chowder. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and aromatic. Weight is medium but can be balance with lemon juice. Texture is a thickened soup. Good for people with love to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as French.
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Pesto Recipe

Pesto Recipe
A northern Italian favorite. A simple sauce made from basil leaves. It is incredibly versatile and can be placed on anything that is of a lighter weight. Especially good with chicken. Pesto was huge in the 80’s and 90’s, which was captured in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld where George (paraphrased) says, “Ya know? I just don’t care for pesto.” Tasting Guidelines: Taste is clean. Weight is light but can be balanced with Parmesan. Texture is saucy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as northern Italian.
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Mushrooms with Parsley Recipe

Mushrooms with Parsley Recipe
This is another one of those dishes where its brilliance is exceeded only by its simplicity. Perfect to eat with some nice, crusty bread. Its light but savory character will make you wish for lots of sunshine and a cool Mediterranean breeze. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is light and savory. Weight is light but can be balanced with lemon juice and parsley. Texture is soft. Good for people low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Mediterranean.
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Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe
A delicious if unauthentic American-Italian dish. The highlight of this dish is the excessive use of parmesan and the unashamed use of a generous cream sauce. This dish is another one of my family’s favorite recipes. It was first brought into our family by my grandparents neighborhood gourmet club. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is heavy but can be balanced with lemon juice or vinegar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low treatment side effects. Emotional response of being warm and loved. Best categorized as American-Italian.
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Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
This recipe is for what I consider to be the easiest way to make a chicken pot pie. The biscuit dough on top adds a nice deviation from the standard flavorless pie crust and makes it fun to eat. The best thing about this dish is it tastes even better as leftovers. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and hearty. Weight is medium-heavy but can be balanced with savory, vinegar, and sugar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.
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Caprese Salad Recipe

Caprese Salad Recipe
A classic Italian favorite. Loved the world over. Known for its many variations and simplicity. This is a dish that is hard not to love, especially when it is warm out. Great as an appetizer or as a meal. You can change the texture and consistency of the dish simply by changing the cuts to the tomatoes and mozzarella. For a fun finger food appetizer, slice and stack like an open-faced sandwich. For a fun family style appetizer, chop the tomatoes and mozzarella into cubes. Toss in the marinade and serve with crusty bread. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, sweet, and fresh. Weight is light but can be balanced with basil and vinegar. Texture is soft. Good for people not in treatment. Best categorized as Italian.
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Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
An old family recipe. No meal in my family is complete with out these cheesy potatoes. I’ll never forget the year when my uncle declared he did not like the cheesy potatoes and had never liked the cheesy potatoes after 30 years of eating them. We were all in shock. The only thought that came to mind was, How could you not like these? So now I leave this up to you to decide. Are you pro or anti cheesy potatoes? Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and cheesy. Weight is heavy but can be balanced with red wine vinegar. Texture is soft with a little crunch on top. Good for people with low treatment side effects.. Best categorized as classic southern fare.
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Parmesan Mushroom Marsala Rigatoni Recipe

Parmesan Mushroom Marsala Rigatoni Recipe
Filling and savory yet light sauce with fun Rigatoni noodles and chicken to round out the dish. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory with a hint of sweet. Weight is light and rich but can be balanced with parsley and basil. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as American-Italian.
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Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
Chicken and dumplings is the Southern equivalent to chicken noodle soup. When you are sick or you do not feel good, nothing else will do. And nobody will ever make it better than your mom or grandma. But here is how I made it for my mom when she went through chemotherapy. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and aromatic. Weight is medium but can be balanced with vinegar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as southern American.
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Coconut Curry Recipe

Coconut Curry Recipe
One of my personal favorite Asian soups. Whether it is specifically Vietnamese or Thai, is something for somebody else to debate. All I care is that it is freaking delicious! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet and spicy with aromatic curry notes. Weight is medium but can be balanced with lemongrass. Texture is soupy. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as south east Asian.
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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
An American classic. If there is somebody in the United States that has never heard of chicken noodle soup, they must live under the world’s largest rock. This dish is what I consider to be a slightly up-market take on the dish. This chicken noodle features big cuts of veggies, egg noodles, and a good aromatic quality. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and aromatic. Weight is light but can be balanced with sugar and red wine vinegar. Texture is soupy. Good for people with moderate to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.
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Summer Salad Recipe

Summer Salad Recipe
This salad is absolutely one of my favorites to eat during the summer. The tomatoes and the cucumbers work together to make a dish that is both savory and light. The vinegar in this dish is what really pulls all the flavors together. The longer you let this marinate, the more homogenized the flavors become. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is light but can be balanced with red wine vinaigrette. Texture is like a salad. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Mediterranean.
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Easy Pierogies Recipe

Easy Pierogies Recipe
One of my mom’s favorites and an exceptionally easy snack. The main benefit to this dish is that all you have to do it take them out of the freezer and make them really quick. This dish is easy and quick when you’re in a pinch for time. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as Polish.
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Easy Ricotta al Forno Recipe

Easy Ricotta al Forno Recipe
This is one of those dishes that you’ll be hesitant to try. You will pass it and pass it and pass it. But then one day, you will decide to try it, and your whole world will never be the same. Perfectly creamy, sweet, and savory. This is somewhere between a dessert and an appetizer. After you have this for the first time, you will be kicking yourself that you didn’t have it every time. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is creamy, sweet, and savory. Weight is medium but can be balanced with honey and pepper. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic Italian.
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Bruschetta with Ricotta and Peaches Recipe

Bruschetta with Ricotta and Peaches Recipe
One of my personal favorite dishes ever! One of those dishes where its brilliance is only exceeded by its simplicity. This is a classic Italian snack that is perfect any time. As featured in Episode 1 of Cooking for Chemo Live! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet. Weight is light but can be balanced with oregano. Texture is creamy and crunchy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as Italian.
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Corn Casserole Recipe

Corn Casserole Recipe
Another classic Southern style dish. The brilliance of this dish is its simplicity. It is almost as if somebody looked in the cupboard and asked, “I wonder what would happen if I mixed these ingredients together?” Nonetheless, a delightfully delicious and addictive side dish. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet and savory. Weight is heavy but can be balanced with vinegar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Southern style.
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Spanish Rice Recipe

Spanish Rice Recipe
Classic Spanish rice not from a box? Yes. You can definitely make Spanish rice at home all on your own with this super easy recipe. Tasting Guidelines: This recipe should taste lightly savory and aromatic. The weight of this recipe is light but can be balanced with salt. The texture of this recipe is soft. This recipe is good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. This recipe gives an emotional response of a night out at a Mexican restaurant. This recipe is best categorized as classic Spanish.
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Perfect Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Perfect Mashed Potatoes Recipe
These mashed potatoes are exactly as advertised. They are perfect. Not too heavy. Not too light. Perfectly savory. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium but can be balanced with salt. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.
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Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Beef Stroganoff Recipe
A hearty egg noodle and gravy dish. Very easy to prepare and an infinite amount of variations. Odds are you have had this at some point in your life, whether in a school cafeteria, a TV dinner, or a high-end restaurant. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is rich and savory. Weight is heavy but can be balanced with vinegar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effect. Best categorized as classic Russian.
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Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe

Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe
A classic casserole dish from the 1950s. This dish is characterized by it's ease of preparation and savory, cheesy flavor.

Tasting Guidelines:
Taste is savory and cheesy with a hint of salty.
Weight is heavy but can be balanced with vinegar.
Texture is soft.
Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
Best categorized as comfort food.
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Chili Recipe

Chili Recipe
Texas Disclaimer: To all the Texans out there: yes, I realize that “real chili” has no beans in it. But the purpose of this recipe is to provide a friendly, well-rounded chili that everyone can enjoy. This is a family recipe passed down from my grandfather to me. I have slightly modified it to make it friendlier for chemo and lighter overall. It is a good, all-around chili. It is very versatile and can be eaten as a meal, over pasta, or even over hot dogs if you like. If you feel like your chili might be missing something, I highly recommend adding some ketchup. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, peppery, and a little sweet and tangy. Weight is medium but can be balanced with vinegar and ketchup. Texture is soft and chili like. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.
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Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Baked Potato Soup Recipe
Baked potato soup is a lovely recipe when you are in the mood for a hearty cup of soup. Very similar in construction to clam chowder. The appeal of baked potato soup is that without the seafood aspect, the dish loses its pungency and becomes more approachable. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium but can be balanced with red wine vinegar. Texture is soupy. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.
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