Plus after reading, Anticancer: A New Way of Life, by David Servan-Schreiber, I've wanted to make a concerted effort to find new dishes that incorporate curry and turmeric because of their powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Schreiber says that turmeric stimulates apoptosis (suicide) in cancer cells and inhibits angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels that feed tumors). http://www.amazon.com/Anticancer-New-Life-David-Servan-Schreiber/dp/0670020346/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263755123&sr=1-1
And no, I don't have cancer. However, I want to eat in a way that will prevent it. Especially after reading, My Journey with Farrah, by Alana Stewart. What struck me was that Farrah would go through horrendous chemo treatments, surgeries, spend hours vomiting, and then eat Whataburger, Tex-Mex, coconut merigune and pecan pies, Southern traditional foods, pastries from her favorite pastry shop in Germany and to top it off she would drink Cokes. http://www.amazon.com/My-Journey-Farrah-Story-Friendship/dp/B002SB8QIM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263755966&sr=1-1
I was left wondering if she was just not educated on nutriton for cancer or was she so addicted to the standard American diet that she just could not overcome turning to her favorite foods (drugs) to help her numb the pain she was going through. Either way, my heart goes out to her, as I too am still struggling to escape my addiction to chocolate and sugar to numb my own pain at times.
Ironic that I turned on the television the morning after I finished the book to see an interview by Suzanne Somers. She was saying that Farrah had reached out to her and asked about alternative treatments, but it was already too late. I'm a big fan of Somers. She's educated herself and she's not afraid to go against the grain and share what she's learned with the public. Her latest book, Knockout, is on my reading list. http://www.amazon.com/Knockout-Interviews-Doctors-Cancer-Prevent/dp/0307587460/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263756479&sr=1-1
I digress. Back to the couscous confetti salad. I thought 194 calories per serving was a little high, so I omitted the raisins, and I used an orange bell pepper instead of red. Here are the results.
Couscous Confetti Salad
Blech! A serving is one cup and I couldn't even finish that. Like I said, "Not my cup of couscous!" Now, in fairness to the recipe, my dear hubby LOVED it and ate the entire thing all by himself. My friend, Jenn, changed it up a bit by using white wine vinegar instead of seasoned rice vinegar, dried cranberries instead of raisins, and she had a curry seasoning instead of straight curry and she liked it too.
For me unfortunately, it was the curry flavor combined with lemon that just turned me off. Or, maybe it was just the curry. No matter. I will not be deterred. Now I'm on a mission to find a hot recipe with curry. Maybe I'll like it better that way. Or maybe I need to find a curry seasoning instead. I'll figure it out.
The recipe can be found at NutritionMD.org