Delicious, health-supportive meals for people on Cape Cod facing cancer.
What is Wellness Eats?
We believe in the healing power of food and nutrition in supporting our health and wellbeing. Wellness Eats is a recent expansion of the Cape Wellness Collaborative initiative to provide integrative wellness therapies to people on the Cape & Islands facing cancer. The mission of this expansion is to provide healthy, delicious, nutrient-dense meals to our clients during cancer treatment.
How does it work?
We currently offer a 4-week program (3 meals a week for 4 weeks for you and your caregiver), providing delicious, nutrient-dense, frozen, ready-to-eat meals free of cost to eligible participants.
Each week during your 4-week program, eligible participants or their caregiver can pick up complete frozen meals at the Cape Wellness Collaborative, ready to be heated up and enjoyed! Recipes and nutrition facts will be provided for each meal.
THE WELLNESS EATS TEAM
Gabrielle Kennedy, Culinary Director
Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN
Dianna Carpentieri, MS, RD, LDN
Rory Eames, Rory's Market
In order to be eligible to receive Wellness Eats meals clients must meet the following criteria:
Currently receiving active cancer treatment (i.e. chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment) and/or less than 1 month post-surgery
A resident of Cape Cod*
A Cape Wellness Collaborative recipient
Have no known dietary allergies or food aversions**
If you think you could benefit from participating in the program, please apply for services online, which includes questions pertaining to the Wellness Eats program. If you do not have access to a computer or printer, please call our office at 774-408-8477.
* We cannot accommodate residents living on Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket at this time, however, our goal is to serve these individuals in the future.
**We are extremely sensitive to food allergies and restrictions while planning our menus however, at this time, we are not able to accept clients who have food allergies. We are working hard to be able to serve those with allergies/sensitivities in the future.
WELLNESS EATS IS SPONSORED IN PART BY
A MESSAGE FROM GABRIELLE KENNEDY
Culinary Director, Wellness Eats
To the Cape Wellness Collaborative Community,
I’ve been thinking of ways that I can support the CWC community during these uncertain times. My answer- food! I’m going to share some tips and tricks I have under my belt for shopping and provisioning your pantry along with a few recipes for pantry-staple recipes.
As we are living in difficult times and can no longer dine out at restaurants, a stocked pantry, fridge and freezer can be comforting. While I am not advocating clearing the shelves at your local grocery store, here are some tips to stock your kitchen.
Stock up on hearty vegetables that last, such as squash, potatoes, onion, garlic, beets, carrots, celery. Be sure to keep them in a cool dry place and they will last a long time!
Dried goods like beans, rice, lentils, pasta, nuts, canned tuna provide protein, but are less costly and last longer than fresh dairy, meat, and seafood.
Stock up on olive oil, salt, pepper, spices, canned tomatoes, beans, honey, flours, nut butters, and vinegar.
Stock up on frozen vegetables — they have similar nutrition as fresh, taste better than canned and way less sodium.
Speaking of the freezer, did you know that you can pretty much freeze anything? I LOVE a well-stocked freezer! Roast or steam veggies like kale, broccoli, cauliflower and freeze for later use reheated in main course dishes or soups. Make a huge batch of soup and save the rest in the freezer for another meal. Did you know you can even freeze whole ripe avocados for use months later? Simply freeze the whole, skin-on avocado. When ready to enjoy it, run it under hot water for a minute then let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes, peel and enjoy.
Tea. Most teas are packed with antioxidant, immune-boosting and anti-viral wellness compounds. Add some fresh ginger and lemon in your teas and you are really talking! Some of my favorite immunity teas are Oolong, Green, White, Hibiscus and Tulsi.
A fun tip about green onions/scallions: Did you know that green onion scraps are among the easiest food scraps to regrow? Take the green onion roots and place them in a glass with enough water to cover them. Make sure the roots are pointing down and change the water every couple of days. In a few days the root will regrow and shoot up new green growth about 4 times.
And now onto the recipes! Take the opportunity to experiment a little. Cooking and baking can be very therapeutic. Here are a few pantry-staple friendly recipes that you can whip up while hunkered down!
Sending love to all of you out there! Stay healthy.
Gabrielle and the team at Wellness Eats