Imagine your beautifully set Thanksgiving table, complete with plum napkins and table runner, violet place cards and candles, gorgeous purple orchids at the center and a bottle of your finest red wine.
Fitting for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, right? Just a week before your big feast, the Friday Fix is here to help you carry the theme through your menu planning. After all, it could be another opportunity to Demand Better, in keeping with our focus this month.
Here are a few ideas and tasty recipes to consider, especially if you’re looking to mix up your tried-and-true traditional holiday recipes. And honestly, who isn’t?
- If you’re planning to offer a cheese and fruit platter as an appetizer course, use purple grapes, figs, dried plums, raisins, and fresh blackberries and blueberries if you can find them. Tuck in a few sprigs of lavender to make it even prettier.
- Talk about healthy – serve a purple kale and spinach salad as a first course.
- Your turkey will pair nicely (and look pretty) with braised red cabbage with apple and onion as well as this cranberry sauce.
- Forego mashed potatoes for a healthier option: vibrantly colored roasted purple potatoes or sautéed purple carrots and vegetables.
- If you’re hosting out of town guests, delight them the morning of or after Thanksgiving with this delectable French toast with blueberries!
Perhaps the tastiest morsel of all, heading into the most food-rich day of the year, is that the pigments that give purple fruits and veggies their rich color (and cranberries fit the bill, too!) are called anthocyanins, and anthocyanins have been linked to anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits.
Are you a pancreatic cancer patient or caregiver? You can access comprehensive disease information, including diet and nutrition tips, recipes and a booklet on the subject – all reviewed and approved by renowned leaders in the field, by contacting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s one-on-one Patient Central support service by phone or email.
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