October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, so why not take the time to make something pink? Even if you aren’t preparing a dish for a specific event, the act of cooking can be a vehicle for a meditation about cancer. That idea might sound a little morbid, but when you consider that every United States citizen knows someone who has been diagnosed cancer, a little more active thought about the role cancer plays in our lives doesn’t seem quite as strange. Furthermore, many studies have suggested that diet and nutrition may plan an important role in an individual’s likely-hood of being diagnosed with cancer. One way to think about the role that diet plays in our lives and health is to interact with food by creating a meal.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, we’ve collected a plethora of naturally pink food recipes to help you on your way to understanding breast cancer. If someone happens to ask you about the explosion of pink in your kitchen, feel free to expand the conversation to include one more person. Cancer is a disease that has touched everyone in some way; we stand to gain a lot by honestly sharing our experiences with cancer.
If you’re involved in a community activity for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making a tasty pink smoothie or beverage is a great way to show off your pride. Drinks like the Berry Vanilla Smoothie, pictured below, or this Lavender Lemonade, from Jen at Use Real Butter, have a refreshing taste and a lovely pink color from the berries used to make them.
Strawberries are an excellent source of pink coloring. Get creative with the lovely colors of the berries and try out this Chilled Strawberry Soup. The girls at Badger Kitchen created this Beetroot Hummus that would be a delicious pink appetizer that is sure to add a little life to any event.
You could make an entirely pink meal. Check out Amy from Eclectic Recipe’s bright pink Creamy Roasted Beet Pasta or this Vegetarian Pink Pate, the brainchild of Leanne from Healthful Pursuit pictured below, for savory dinners that also happen to be pink.
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, this Strawberry Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust is sure to hit the spot. The pink frosting contrasts with the chocolate drizzled over it. If you wanted to get creative, you could outline the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon in the frosting of your cake. Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food has a delicious recipe for Blackberry Sage Frozen Yogurt that looks like another creative pink dessert that relies on something more substantial than food coloring for its pink hue.
In the midst of all this delicious food, there remains a serious subject. According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, there will be 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer in U.S. women in the year 2012 alone. It is estimated that 39,510 women will die. The numbers are lower among men, but no less important. An estimated 2,190 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2012 and 410 men will die from breast cancer. Becoming involved with the effort to stop breast cancer by raising awareness is one way to fight back against the sobering prevalence of cancer in our society.
What are your pink food ideas?