Tabouleh Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

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Tabouleh Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Recipe Description
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.

Ingredients
1 box instant couscous (the most basic flavor you can get), prepared as directed on box, then chilled
3 green onions, finely sliced
olive oil as needed

Flavor Balancers
1  1/2 tsp. Kosher salt, coarse
1 tsp. black pepper, ground
1/2 c. fresh lemon juice

Aromatics
3 tbsp. fresh mint, finely chopped
1/4 c. Italian flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

Recipe Directions
Take prepared and chilled couscous and place in large mixing bowl. Add green onions and parsley. Toss in lemon juice and remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly until couscous has absorbed all of the lemon juice. Add olive oil 1 tbsp. at a time for a touch of creaminess.

Chef Tips
Best eaten chilled or at room temperature. It is a great snack and goes great with hummus or baba ghannoush on top of pitas or bread. If metal taste is severe in your mouth, increase parsley and lemon juice. Recipe should taste light and refreshing. Traditionally made with cracked burghul wheat, couscous can be used as an acceptable substitute. 1/2 cup may be too much lemon juice. Taste as you go, trying not to completely overpower the dish. For a little extra protein, consider adding a handful of feta cheese crumbles.


Cooking for Chemo focuses on teaching you how to make your food taste good again during cancer and chemotherapy treatments. The flavor and cooking techniques contained within our easy to make recipes will help improve your quality of life as you go through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Our cooking and flavor techniques can be integrated with any diet regimen. All of our recipes can be made with organic ingredients if you choose. Our holistic approach to cooking will help you not only be able to eat but to also enjoy the taste of your food again during and after cancer and chemotherapy treatments. We have many healthy recipes, crockpot recipes, chicken recipes, dinner recipes, shrimp recipes, pasta recipes, soup recipes, vegan recipes, salad recipes, vegetarian recipes, breakfast recipes, and even a great chili recipe. Talk with your oncologist and dietitian to come up with a quality nutrition plan. This site is not to be taken as or used instead of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor, oncologist, and dietitian before starting any new diet.

This recipe is taken from Cooking for Chemo …and After! By Chef Ryan Callahan -The Cancer Chef. For more cooking for chemotherapy recipes like this, you can pick up a copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Have specific questions? Email us at cookingforchemo@gmail.com

About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a classically trained chef with fifteen years of culinary experience. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments.