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Sunny Side Up: National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and we have Dr, Michele Carbone, director of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, here. Dr. Carbone is also a chef and will show us how to make a healthy pasta meal.

March is also National Nutrition Month, and we also have Kristine Wallerius Cuthrell, registered dietician, to discuss how a healthy diet and portion control can help prevent cancer.

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes

1 box (about 500 grams) pasta (Any shape; Paccheri or Conchiglioni or Rigatoni)

1-1/2 lb. ripe cherry tomatoes (cut in 4)

About 10 basil leaves

1/2 Maui onion

1 or 2 cloves of garlic crushed

1 Hawaii hot red or green chili pepper

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Mix together in a large skillet. Salt to taste. Cook at high heat for about 10 minutes (until the tomatoes become soft), mixing every minute or so with a wooden spoon. Cook the pasta in water with salt. Drain pasta 2 minutes before the minimum cooking time written on the pasta box (i.e., very al dente) and mix in the skillet. Keep cooking, mixing continuously for one more minute or two. Add 1/2 cup or more of freshly grated Italian Pecorino Romano and enjoy.

Anticancer components: Tomatoes contain lycopens that are antioxidants and garlic and onions contain sulfur compounds that inhibit the activity of mutagenic oxygen radicals.

Spaghetti with Rapini

1 box of spaghetti

2 bunches of Rapini

2 cloves of garlic crushed

1 spoon of parsley minced

15 fillets of anchovies (you can find them in glass jars packed in olive oil), minced

1/2 cup of Italian extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup of freshly grated Italian Parmiggiano (parmesan)

Cut out the thick rapini stems, keep only thin stems and leaves. Wash and dry. Cut out the flowers and the small leaves and chop together. Separately chop the large leaves and small stems and throw in the pot of boiling the water used for the spaghetti. Add the spaghetti.

In a large skillet, cook 2 cloves of garlic in 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil. As soon as the garlic becomes lightly gold, take it out (do not burn it). Add about 10-15 (depending on size and taste) anchovies filets and 1 spoon of parsley minced. Cook for one minute on high heat. Add the minced flowers and small leaves of the rapini, mix and cook on medium heat about 5 minutes or until cooked.

Take 1 cup of the water used to cook spaghetti and put aside. Drain spaghetti (always 1 minute or 2 earlier than the recommended cooking time instruction on the box). Add spaghetti to the skillet together with the 1 cup of water (see above). Mix constantly and cook until almost all the water is absorbed (about 1-1/2 to two minutes).  Add to a bowl containing about 1/2 cup of freshly grated Italian Parmiggiano (parmesan).

Ingredients can be found at R Field at Foodland (Beretania) or Whole Foods. 

Eat A Rainbow Cooking Demonstrations

For the month of March, the American Cancer Society is partnering with Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Castle Medical Center, Queen's Medical Center, Kapiolani Community College Culinary Arts Program, and talented chefs from restaurants in our community to offer "Eat A Rainbow" cooking demonstrations.

Learn to cook a rainbow of colorful vegetables and fruits, and eat your way to good health. Eating a healthy diet can help you stay well and reduce your risk of colon and other cancers. Get started today and learn some healthy recipes. Space is limited, so please call to register.

Tuesdays, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23 & March 30 

6-7:30 p.m.

The Queen's Medical Center
1301 Punchbowl Street
Queen's Women's Health Center Conference Room

To register call 537-7117.

Thursday, March 4
6-7 p.m.

Thursday, March 11
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 18
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Castle Wellness & Lifestyle Medicine Center|
Free parking in the Castle Medical Center parking lot

To register for the class, call 263-5400 or visit

Fridays, March 5, March 12, March 19 & March 26
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 13
2-3 p.m.

Saturday, March 27
10-11 a.m.

Kapiolani Women's Center
1907 S. Beretania St.
Classroom located on the first floor. Free parking available on the 2nd and upper 2nd floors.

 To register for this class, call Health Connection at 535-7000 or visit

The American Cancer Society is here in Hawaii to saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer. If you have a question or need help, call the American Cancer Society anytime day or night at 1 (800) 227-2345 or visit

Hawaii Foods website: A collaborative effort of the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Nutrition, and the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii. The website provides nutrient information and photos for local foods.


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