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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Almost every person in America is affected in some way by breast cancer or just cancer in general. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among American women today. The chance of developing breast cancer is 1 in 8…scary.

It is unclear at this time what we can do as women to prevent these scary diseases. Of course they have the books like “Breast Cancer Prevention Diet” or “The Non Dairy Prevention Program” but I truly believe that an overall healthy diet and lifestyle is the way to go.  Studies have shown that women who limit alcohol, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy body weight have a lower risk of developing breast cancer, also, mothers who choose to breastfeed may reduce their breast cancer risk.

Some Helpful Links:
http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/DetailedGuide/index
http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/nutrition/reduce_risk/reduce_risk.jsp

A few weeks back I stumbled upon a fellow Bostonian’s Blog. It’s called "Beantown Baker" and I love everything about it!  This month Jen is having a contest called The Power of Pink Challenge where basically you enter a recipe and photo of a food that is pink! Knowing of course that October is breast cancer awareness month and having planned on doing this post anyways, I figured, hey…why not enter the contest too. Wish me luck J!


Pink Whoopie Pies and Pink Marshmallows
 
 Pink Awareness Cookies (...and Fondant Experiment)
 Beet Breast Cancer Gnocchi

Beet Breast Cancer Gnocchi

3 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 beets, peeled and cubed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg, extra large
½ tsp salt

Boil the potatoes and beets until they are soft, about 45 minutes. While still warm, pulse in a food processor until smooth.

In a large bowl mix together all ingredients using a fork. Once dough is somewhat together knead gently on a floured surface until a smooth ball is formed, at this time sprinkling flour to prevent sticking.

Cut dough into 4 sections. Roll each section into a ½ in thick dowels and cut dowels into 1 inch long pieces. To cook, gently drop into boiling water until they float (2-3 minutes).

These earthy tasting gnocchi’s pair great with a butter and herb sauce or a Alfredo cream sauce.


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