Celebrity recipes raise money for children with cancer

Thursday 25 April 2013

University of Salford graduate and renowned nutritional biochemist, Jeannette Jackson, has teamed up with top celebrities to launch StarBites, a recipe e-book created for children’s cancer charity KidsCan.

Developed specifically to help parents of children with cancer eat healthily, the star-studded e-book offers a range of stress-reducing alternatives to traditional recipes which have been designed to help boost energy, reduce fatigue and support restful sleep.

The ten StarBite celebrities and their unique dishes are: Henry Holland and his Spaghetti Bolognese; Andrea McLean’s ‘My Mum’s Fix Everything Soup’; Lisa Riley’s Tofu Thai Green Curry; Glynis Barber’s Prawn Stir Fry; Emma Forbes’ Fridge Salad; Ross King’s Sausage, Mash and Beans; Catherine Tyldesley’s Monkfish in Parma Ham and Asparagus; Kolo Toure’s Salmon Risotto with Lemon and Lime Drizzle; Nick Grimshaw’s Beef Bourguignon; and Christopher Biggins’ Beef Wellington with all the Veg.

Jeannette’s special meal adaptations include adding kombu seaweed to Andrea McLean’s soup to increase iron intake and produce boosts of energy. Brown rice is added to Glynis Barber’s prawn stir fry to help the body manufacture neurotransmitter GABA which enables it to ‘mop-up’ cortisol, a hormone released in the body when under stress.

KidsCan is a national charity based at the University of Salford which was set-up to support research into new and improved treatments for childhood cancers. The campaign aims to sell 1 million copies of StarBites, priced at £1 each, to raise £1million for the charity’s vital research and its continuing battle against childhood cancer.

Jeannette Jackson said: “There can be nothing more stressful in life than finding out your child has cancer, and the first thing to drop off your priority list is eating well. With the help of our ten celebrities we compiled StarBites to provide tasty, healthy meals that also work to reduce stress levels.”

KidsCan founder and Scientific Director, Professor Alan McGown, said: “A decade after we launched, KidsCan continues to play a significant role into the research of childhood cancer. StarBites is a unique way to raise money for the charity and we are extremely thankful to Jeannette Jackson and all the celebrities for their support.”

StarBites is available to download from www.jeannettejackson.com, with all proceeds going to KidsCan.