What’s for Dinner?


NFCR-sponsored researchers have been investigating the links between nutrition and cancer prevention for decades. The latest research from Dr. Helmut Sies focuses specifically on the role of selenium, a nutrient that may play a critical role in reducing the risk of certain cancers. So what can we eat to add selenium to our diets? Brazil nuts.

Brazil nuts contain the richest source of natural selenium. They also make a great pesto.  Add a dollop to some roasted broccoli, whole-grain pasta or salmon and voila! You now have a delicious, nutritious, cancer-fighting meal for dinner tonight. Try it…. And let us know what you think. Post your comments below.


Brazil-Nut Pestopesto

(from Food & Wine Magazine)


1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley

1/4 cup Brazil nuts, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

1 large garlic clove, chopped

1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and freshly ground pepper


In a mini food processor, combine the parsley with the Brazil nuts, water, tarragon, garlic and lemon zest and pulse to a coarse paste. Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and the Parmesan and process to a slightly smooth paste.  Season with salt and pepper.


This pesto can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.