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Cooking for a chemotherapy patient

I recently have been asked to prepare dishes for a person starting chemotherapy treatment. According to what she told me she needs a high protein diet that has minimal vitamin K. I take this honor very seriously because chemotherapy treatment causes such discomfort and loss of appetite. The lists of vitamin K rich food is pretty extensive so it excludes many foods we take for granted. (See list below) But that’s okay I love a challenge.

I will be publishing a list of recipes as I create them. These recipes will be customized for chemotherapy patients high in protein and low in vitamin K. Please share the recipes with friends and family you know who are going through this rough time. Hopefully it bring a little comfort. It would be a nice gesture if you prepared it and brought it to them.

The first recipe will be my fork tender beef.

Fork Tender Beef Roast (High Protein and Low Vitamin K)



4 – 6 lb Beef Chuck Roast (I usually can get a two pack at Sam’s Club for under $22.00.)

1 Large Onion (Rough chopped)

1 Large Green Bell Pepper (Rough chopped)

1 Pack Lipton Onion Soup Mix

1 cup of water

½ tsp Kosher Salt

¾ tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

¾ tsp Adobo Seasoning

¾ tsp McCormick All Purpose Seasoning (Original) (About $3.99 at Publix)

3 – 4 Cloves of Minced Garlic (A jar cost under $2.00 at Walmart)

Supplies and Equipment


– Large Oven Roasting Pan (The type used for Turkey that doesn’t have a lid)

– Reynolds Oven Roasting Bags (Prepare the bag according to the instructions on the box.  Cost is about $2.19 at Walmart)

– Cutting Board

– Knife

– Viva Paper Towels (Don’t use a cheap brand.  Youll be sorry if you do.)

Spatula or Tablespoon

–       Medium Bowl

–       Wisk



Pre-Heat your oven to 450 degrees.

Unwrap the Beef Roast from its package.  Rinse the meat and use the Viva Paper Towel to pat it dry.

In the medium bowl, empty the contents of Onion Soup Mix.  Stir the water in the Onion Soup Mix.  Set aside.

Season the meat with Kosher Salt, Fresh Crack Black Pepper, Adobo, and McCormick All Purpose Seasoning.  Spread minced garlic over seasoned meat with the spatula/tablespoon.

Carefully place ½ of the onion and green bell pepper in the prepared oven-roasting bag. Then place the seasoned prepared meat on top of the vegetables.

Place the remaining vegetables on top of the seasoned meat inside the oven-roasting bag.

Spoon the onion soup mixture on top of the meat inside the bag.

Seal the bag with tie. (Poke 6 small holes in the sealed bag)

Place it in the oven and cook for 30 minutes at 450 degrees.  After 30 minute reduce oven temperature to 265 degrees and cook at 90 minutes.

After cooking time has elapsed remove the roast from oven and let it rest for 15 – 20 minutes.

Serve with Rice or Baked Potatoes

1 ounce serving of the beef equals 28 grams.  2 ounces actually exceed the 45 grams of protein and there is virtually no vitamin K.

This is the list of acceptable and unacceptable foods:

Foods with vitamin K to avoid:


–       Asparagus

–       Black Berries

–       Blue Berries

–       Broccoli

–       Broccoli Raab

–       Brussels Sprouts

–       Cayenne

–       Carrot

–       Cashews

–       Celery

–       Chili Powder

–       Collard Greens

–       Curry

–       Dried Basil

–       Dried Coriander

–       Dried Marjoram

–       Dried Oregano

–       Dried Sage

–       Dried Thyme

–       Fresh Basil

–       Fresh Parsley

–       Kale

–       Lettuce

–       Mustard Greens

–       Okra

–       Paprika

–       Pickles

–       Prunes

–       Radicchio

–       Raspberries

–       Spinach

–       Sun Dried Tomatoes

–       Swiss Chard

–       Turnip Greens





Source: (Altered to be alphabetical)










Vitamin K

  Chuck roast 4 ounces Low
  Ground beef 4 ounces Low
  Tenderloin 4 ounces Low
  Flank steak 4 ounces Low
  Top round 4 ounces Low
  Veal cutlet 4 ounces Low
  Bologna 4 slices Low
  Hot dogs 2 hot dogs Low
  Chicken breast 4 ounces Low
  Chicken thigh 4 ounces Low
  Chicken leg 4 ounces Low
  Turkey breast 4 ounces Low
  Pork chop 4 ounces Low
  Pork loin roast 4 ounces Low
  Bacon 15 slices Low
  Sausage patties 4 Low
  Sausage links 6 Low
  Salami 4 slices Low
  Sliced deli ham 4 slices Low



January 18, 2014 - Posted by | Healthy, Meat Recipes

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