T-Recipe Alert: Tomatoes and Broccoli

Broccoli Mushroom TomatoT-Nation’s TC Luoma offers a culinary response to a recent study on prostate cancer.

The study suggests that men should regularly consume servings of broccoli and tomatoes, preferably in the same meal.

“Studies have shown that men who regularly eat servings of fresh tomatoes have up to a 40 per cent reduced risk of developing prostate cancer, while the sulphur compounds in broccoli are known to be a mechanism that delays cancer growth,” said John Erdman, professor of food science at the University of Illinois, where the study was conducted before the results were published in the the US journal, Cancer Research.

One in six males are marked for prostate cancer. As TC says,

“While it’s thought to be an old man’s disease, it’s such a slow-growing cancer (most of the time) that it probably starts 10 to 20 years before symptoms pop up.”

So, while you’re sorting out the fitness aspect of your pro-active stance against disease, get cracking on nutrition too. After all, offence is the best defence, and eating broccoli and tomatoes together may be a good place to start.

Some culinary input from TC, but just don’t call him a “recipe guy”, at least not to his face.

Marinated Broccoli and Tomato Salad

250 gm Broccoli
125 gm mushrooms, fresh
3/4 c black olives, pitted and drained
1 c. cherry tomatoes


1/3 c olive oil
1tb white wine vinegar
1 tb lemon juice
2 tb chopped parsely
1 shallot, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper.

Trim flowerets from broccoli. Steam or boil in salted water for about 1 minute, or until they turn bright green. Drain.

Trim stems from mushroom, slice or leave whole

Combine broccoli, mushrooms, olives and tomatoes in a bowl. Mix dressing ingredients and whisk until blended. Pour over vegetables. Turn gently to coat vegetables.

Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or more.

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