While filming our latest documentary Eastern Medicine: Journey Through Asia, Ty and the TTAC team were served a fabulous keto-inspired meal by Chef Donatas Certovskich in Phuket, Thailand. I was so impressed that I decided to re-create the recipe with a few special cancer-fighting ingredients of my own.
We’ve shared quite a bit on the ketogenic diet – the low-carb, high-fat diet that has become quite popular… and for good reason. By reducing blood sugar and insulin levels and increasing ketones, the keto diet offers many health benefits. Some use keto for weight loss, while others use it as part of their anticancer protocol. Keto may also benefit those with diabetes and prediabetes.
While the diet is enjoyed by many, it involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake. Because of this, the common cry is a craving for carbs, particularly pasta. This recipe uses organic konjac noodles, which are a plant-based, low-calorie, no-carb alternative to traditional pasta. They are made with konjac flour and sometimes also oat fiber flour. To serve four, you may need to use two packages of noodles, so be sure to check the package information.
This delicious dish gets its decadence from macadamia nut cheese and is loaded with anti-cancer mushrooms, shallots, parsley, and spinach.
Macadamia nuts are rich in healthy fats that help with weight control, insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
Hemp seeds are a great source of high-quality protein and essential fatty acids and provide a good dose of vitamin E and important minerals. Spinach is tops for eye health as it is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin.
It also contains over a dozen different flavonoid compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties and anticancer-causing components.
Feel free to increase the turmeric as it is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powerhouse. Add a few garnishes such as hemp seeds and avocado and you have one heck of an anti-cancer, health-promoting & satisfying meal.
If you desire more protein, slide one or two poached or sunny-side up eggs on top of each plate of pasta.
These noodles are high in glucomannan (the fiber from the konjac root), so it is recommended to avoid konjac noodles completely if you have esophageal issues of any sort.
Watch the clip below asTy & Chef Donatas discuss the recipe in our latest documentary series…
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in April 2019. It has been updated and republished in October 2019.