Food and family…two things we all think of during the holidays.
For me, that immediately includes family that is no longer with me, including my father, who lost his life to cancer two years ago. Cancer is such a cruel disease. It gave me a good scare this year, too, along with others in my family.
And those scares reminded me I need to be much better to this body of mine, and watch more carefully what I feed it. That’s why I jumped at the chance to help with the American Cancer Society’s A Healthier Holiday Table.
You know if you read my posts often I’m not a great cook. I’m not even an average cook. I just don’t enjoy cooking (ok, it ranks as one of my least favorite things to do, as in below dusting, and cleaning bathrooms). So, when I find something easy to make that’s also good for my family, that they also actually think tastes good, it becomes my “go to” meal. For breakfast on holidays, that’s the breakfast quiche.
Here’s what you need:
1 pie crust (make your own if you like to get fancy, but I buy the pre-made one from the frozen food section and it’s delicious)
1 lb sausage (this may be more than you like…I prefer less but my family likes this amount)
¼ cup milk
a pinch of black pepper
(We throw in sliced mushrooms and a bit of shredded cheese, too, but that’s optional)
Just brown the sausage and drain the grease. Mix browned sausage with all the other ingredients and pour them into the pie crust. Put on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Let it stand for about 10 minutes. So easy even I can do it!
Serve fruit and juice on the side.
It’s a delicious, good-for-you choice for breakfast.
Fruit is key. It’s critical to fighting cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least 2½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day. Here are two resources filled with ideas for increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption through the day.
Something else my family is known to do on a holiday: get out and play! Luckily, living in the south, the weather typically cooperates. We can typically play a couple games of tennis if we layer a little.
Being physically active can reduce your risk of several types of cancer, including breast, colon, endometrial, and prostate, according to the ACS. The ACS recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week. This lists some tips to help you fit exercise into your schedule.