Macaroni Egg & Broccoli Cheese

10th April 2019, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Eggs are well-known for their high-quality protein, which boast a complete amino acid profile. Consuming high-quality protein foods is particularly important for cancer patients because it can help to reduce the rate of protein breakdown and prevent muscle loss. Cancer patients who are undergoing treatment, need more proteins than healthy people to maintain essential body functions, to heal tissues and to reduce the risk of infection.

Protein is found in both animal and plant foods. Animal sources of protein include eggs and dairy products (such as cheese, milk), fish, meat and poultry. Plant sources of protein include nuts, seeds, tofu, beans and legumes.

Cancer patients are also advised to maintain their body weight and keep their energy intake high. To ensure that the proteins you ate are used for essential body functions, you must meet your energy requirement. Calorie is a unit that is used to measure energy. If you do not eat enough calories to maintain your weight, your body will digest protein for energy rather than to support essential body functions.

Eggs are a high in protein but low in calorie. Try this recipe to create a high-protein and high-energy “egg-cellent” meal.

Recipe:

Macaroni Egg & Broccoli Cheese

(serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 200g, macaroni
  • 150g, broccoli cut into small florets
  • 6 eggs (size A)
  • 450ml full cream milk
  • 40g butter
  • 150g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • Salt (pinches)
  • Ground black pepper (pinches)

Method:

  1. Prepare hard-boiled eggs. Peel and cut the eggs into large chunks. Set aside.
  2. Cook the macaroni in salted water and simmer for 5- 6 minutes.
  3. Add in the broccoli, bring to boil and simmer until both macaroni and broccoli are tender.
  4. Drain the pasta and broccoli. Set aside.
  5. Place the milk, butter and flour together in a large saucepan. Gently heat, stirring with a whisk until the mixture boils and thickens.
  6. Reduce the heat, stir in half amount of the grated cheese and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and ground black pepper.
  7. Place the macaroni, broccoli and egg chunks into a baking dish. Pour over the sauce and scatter over the remaining cheese.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10- 15 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbling.
  9. Serve hot.