How To Add Protein Into Your Meal

25th October 2017, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Cancer patients who are undergoing treatment, need more protein than healthy people. After surgery, during chemotherapy and radiotherapy, extra protein is needed to heal tissues and to reduce the risk of infection.

However, most nutrition guidelines which are focusing on eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; limiting the amount of meat intake; cutting back on sugar, fat and salt, may not be suitable to follow when you are being treated for cancer, especially if you are not eating much. For instance, if you are having difficulty in chewing or swallowing, you can try this soft diet recipe which is high in protein to stay well-nourished:

Chinese Style Steamed Eggs with Minced Meat

(Serves two persons)


  • 150 grams minced chicken

  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped carrots

(A)  Egg custard mixture

  • 2 eggs lightly beaten

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce

(B) Marinade for minced chicken

  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • a few dashes white pepper powder

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onions


  1. Add (A) in a bowl and whisk gently to combine. Do not over beat the eggs. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve.

  2. Combine minced chicken with (B) to marinade for at least 10 minutes.

  3. Heat wok with sunflower oil and stir fry the minced pork until they are cooked on the surface (no longer pink), breaking them to smaller bits using your spatula. Do not overcook.

  4. Arrange the partially cooked chicken in a thin layer on a wide and shallow dish. Pour the stained egg mixture over the chicken. Top with chopped carrots.

  5. Cover the dish with transparent food cling wrap or aluminum foil.

  6. Steam the egg mixture over high heat for about 15 minutes.

  7. When it is cooked, serve with porridge.