7 Multiple Sclerosis-Friendly Recipes

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Eating well when you have multiple sclerosis is essential, it will help improve your overall health and better manage your symptoms. We’ve compiled a list of seven nutritious dinner recipes that are multiple sclerosis-friendly and very tasty.

Tuna Fish Cakes
Tuna is a great source of omega-3 and a great cupboard staple. These Asian-inspired fish cakes are easy to make if you use leftover mashed potatoes, you could also add a little chopped chili if you want to add a bit of a kick to them.

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Ingredients (serves 2):
2 cans tuna in spring water (drained)
1 tbsp oil
1 small onion finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
3-4 small potatoes cooked and mashed (or leftover mashed potato)
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg white
1 tbsp flour for dusting

Method
Heat the oil in a skillet over a medium heat and cook the onions until they soften and start to color. In a large mixing bowl add the drained tuna, mashed potato, fish sauce, onion, and cilantro and mix thoroughly, then shape into small patties. Take out three bowls and put the flour in the first, the egg whites in the second and the breadcrumbs in the third. Take each patty and dip it into each bowl in turn, making sure the patties are fully coated before moving onto the next bowl and set aside. When all the patties are breaded, fry over medium heat until cooked through, turning once, and serve with accompaniments of your choice. Based on: Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis

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Broiled Pork Rub
This tasty recipe works well with potatoes and vegetables or a light salad.

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Ingredients (serves 2):
2 pork tenderloins (around a pound each)
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Method
Mix the herbs, spices, sugar, and oil together in a bowl and then rub generously over the pork tenderloins. Rest in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. When marinated, broil under a medium heat turned occasionally until cooked evenly and the juices run clear. Based on: Multiple Sclerosis Connect

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Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs
This recipe can be made into a gluten-free dish by using gluten-free spaghetti or zucchini noodles and gluten-free breadcrumbs. Turkey is a great source of protein that is low in saturated fat.

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Ingredients (serves 6): 

Meatballs
1 pound of ground turkey
2 cloves of minced garlic
3/4 cup of breadcrumbs soaked in almond milk (or rice or coconut milk)
2 egg whites
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried basil
salt and pepper to taste

Spaghetti Sauce
2 x 14-ounce cans of chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 onion chopped finely
2 cloves of minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Method
Mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs thoroughly in a large bowl and then shape into small balls and place them in the refrigerator for ½ an hour to firm up.

In a large skillet over a medium heat saute the onion and garlic in the oil until soft and starting to color. Add the chopped tomatoes and the tomato paste and simmer gently. Add the meatballs and continue to simmer on a low heat for an hour and then serve with spaghetti. Based on: MSLivingSymptomFree

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Pumpkin Chili
Pumpkins are in great supply in the fall and are a great source of nutrients such as zinc, copper, and vitamins E, K and B.

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Ingredients (serves 8):
1 pound ground beef
1 pound of your favorite sausages (squeezed out of the casing and chopped)
1 tbsp oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 fresh jalapeno peppers, chopped (you can use more or less, depending on how spicy you like your chili)
2/3 can of pureed pumpkin
4 x 14-ounce cans of chopped tomatoes
1½ cups of low sodium broth
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
salt and pepper to taste

Method
Heat the oil in a large pan and gently saute the onions and garlic until soft and slightly colored. Next, add the ground beef and sausage to the pan and brown off the meat. Add the remaining vegetables and cook for a few minutes. Then add in all of the rest of the ingredients and simmer gently for about an hour. Serve with rice or a baked potato. Based on: MSSavedMyLife.com

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Chicken and Rice
An easy-to-digest meal with warming spices that is quick and easy to prepare. Serves 6.

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Ingredients
2 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breasts chopped into one-inch pieces
4 tbsp oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2½ cups of low sodium chicken broth
½ cup of dry white wine
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp paprika
1½ cups of brown rice
handful of fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Method
Heat the oil in a large pan or wok and stir-fry the chicken pieces until browned, remove and set to one side. In the same pan, saute the onion and garlic until softened and slightly colored. Add the rice, peppers, spices and rice to the pan and cook over a medium-high heat for 20 minutes. Add the chicken and stir so that all the ingredients are well mixed, cover the pan and cook for a further 1o minutes. Check the rice, if still not cooked, stir and cover again and continue cooking until slightly soft and then season and serve with the fresh chopped parsley garnished over the top. Based on: MSLivingSymptomFree

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Salmon Fillet with Pecan Crust
This is a rather decadent meal which could be cooked for a special occasion or dinner party. Salmon and pecans are a great source of omega-3 and pecans also contain a host of other great nutrients such as manganese, copper, iron, magnesium and protein.

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Ingredients (serves 4):
1 large salmon fillet, preferably wild (enough for four people)
1½ cups pecan nuts
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp coconut oil
½ cup fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Method
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Remove any bones from the salmon fillet and lay out onto baking parchment or foil on a large baking tray.

Place all the other ingredients into a food processor or blender and blitz until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Spoon the mixture evenly over the salmon and then bake for 15 to 20 minutes until just cooked through and flakes apart easily. Serve with potatoes and vegetables. Based on: MSDietforWomen

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Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry
Stir-fries are a quick and easy meal and a great way to ensure you eat plenty of vegetables. If you don’t like any of the vegetables in this recipe you can substitute them for something else. Serves 4.

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Ingredients (serves 4):
1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into ½-inch slices
3 tbsp oil
1 onion, sliced
1 cup of asparagus, sliced diagonally
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup of broccoli florets
1 cup of green onions, sliced diagonally
½-inch of ginger, finely chopped
½ cup of water
1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp cornstarch

Method
Mix together the cornstarch, water,  and soy sauce in a small bowl and put to one side. Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok and add the chicken and stir-fry for about three minutes, add the pepper, green onions, ginger, broccoli and asparagus and fry for a further three minutes. Add the cornstarch and water mixture to the skillet and continue to cook for another three minutes or until the vegetables are just starting to soften but still retain some crispiness and serve. Source: MSLivingSymptomFree

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