Fresh focaccia with rosemary

Learn to make Italian bread!

Fresh sliced bread

Fresh sliced bread with tomatoes

Join us Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

306 Whitney- Hendrickson Building
Markey Cancer Center

Learn to make and taste fresh, delicious Italian bread! A free class presented by: Dr. Philip DeSimone.

Basket of fresh fruits and vegetables

3rd Annual Classes at Rushing Wind Farm

Join us

Sunday, October 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Only 30 spaces available! Sign up today to reserve your spot!

Email your name and how many will be attending to:

rachel.c.miller@uky.edu

or call 859-257-0519

Exclusive event

Closeup on woman cutting fresh dill

Cutting fresh dill

The Real McCoy, Inc. & Catering is partnering with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center for an exclusive event for cancer patients, survivors, and their families to come and enjoy an afternoon at the farm and learn all about preparing home grown fruits and vegetables.

Mark your calendar now for a free event featuring:

  • Cooking demonstrations!
  • Door prizes!
  • Farm fresh food!

Your host

Benita-McCoy-Lyons

Benita McCoy-Lyons

Hosted by: local chef and author of the Scratch Cooking Cookbook Series, Benita McCoy-Lyons.

Whole wheat spaghetti with basil and cherry tomatoes

Choosing whole grains

Making a small change in your diet – such as choosing whole grains more often, may have a big impact on your health. Whole grains foods, such as breads, cereals and pastas, have not been processed and therefore retain and provide us with more nutrients, including fiber, protein, iron and B vitamins.

Whole grains are classified as complex carbohydrates.  Our bodies convert complex carbohydrates more efficiently into a source of energy, keep our blood sugars level and are less likely to be stored as fat when compared to refined white flour (PDF, 89 KB) products.

Whole grains offer other benefits, too, by:

  • Keeping us from feeling hungry
  • Decreasing food cravings
  • Avoiding overeating

All of these benefits contribute to achieving a healthier body weight – which can lower your cancer risk.

Keep in mind that portion sizes still count, because excesses in caloric intake still can contribute to weight gain.

Try this recipe from the American Institute of Cancer Research to incorporate more whole grains into your diet.

Health-e-Recipes, Issue # 494

March 4, 2014

Pep Up Your Pasta

Whole-wheat rigatoni and colorful red peppers are the stars of this simple pasta sauté. Whole grains are rich in fiber, a nutrient important for lowering risk of certain cancers, particularly colorectal. The subtle sweetness of the red peppers is balanced by cherry tomatoes and spinach, adding potent phytochemicals. These natural plant compounds may help protect cells from the types of damage that may lead to cancer.

Rigatoni with Red Peppers

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. rigatoni, whole-wheat preferred
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, deseeded and sliced into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 oz. fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil

Directions

Cook rigatoni according to package directions for al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup water. Return pasta to pot to keep warm.

While pasta cooks, in skillet heat oil over high heat. Stir in onion, peppers and tomatoes. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Sauté, stirring occasionally. After 5 minutes, add spinach and continue to sauté until vegetables are tender and spinach is wilted, about 5 more minutes.

Add vegetables, reserved pasta water and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese to pasta and gently toss to combine.

To serve, top pasta with basil and remainder of Parmesan cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional values

Per 1½ cup serving: 282 calories, 6 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 49 g carbohydrate, 
14 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 171 mg sodium.

More healthy recipes

Find more healthy recipes on the UK HealthCare website.