When breast cancer survivor Cheryl Norman needed her own Recipes for Recovery in one easy-to-use reference, she couldn’t find such a book.
So she wrote one.
The last thing on Cheryl’s mind when she underwent treatment for cancer was cooking. Anticipating fatigue and weakness from the assault on her system, she and her husband assumed a restaurant or quick-cook frozen dinners would serve their nutritional needs.
Reality hit in the aftermath of her first chemotherapy injection. The post-chemo blood workup revealed low red and white blood cells. In other words, Cheryl was unable to fight infection or gain energy. As the oncology nurses explained it, the medications used for chemotherapy could not distinguish the cancer cells from the normal, healthy ones, so they blasted them all.
The healthy cells would bounce back.
Cheryl spent the next four months resting from the chemo and carefully protecting her immune system, so going out at all. The frozen entrees lost their appeal in no time. But if she couldn’t dine out and lacked energy or inspiration to cook, what was she to eat? She searched the cookbook sections in online bookstores but found no answers.
The obvious need of a super-simple-meals cookbook inspired her to write her own.
Through research and experimentation, she developed recipes using easy-to-prepare foods rich with nutrients to heal and restore the body. Then she took her program a step further. The average patient recovering from serious illness has little energy for labor-intensive food preparation, but what about the single parent or anyone who is burning the candle at both ends?
The result is Recipes for Recovery. With a few exceptions, these recipes make one or two servings and can be doubled as needed. Dishes that make more are good for either those occasions when faced with feeding a group or for storing and saving portions to reheat later.
Before trying the recipes, read this book in its entirety to gain an understanding of the techniques and shortcuts.
Whether you are the patient or the person cooking for the patient, you should be able to find a quick and easy approach to meals in Recipes for Recovery.