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AICR Recipe Guidelines: What Makes an AICR Recipe Special

NAP examplarWhat makes an AICR Recipe special? Whether you’re an experienced chef, a new cook or a health professional looking for delicious and healthy recipes, we have a wide variety here that were developed with cancer prevention in mind.

We guarantee that each recipe:

  • Has been crafted under the AICR Recommendations for Cancer Prevention
  • Fits on the New American Plate
  • Has been tested for taste and for ease of preparation
  • Provides essential nutrition information (serving size, calories, total fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, and sodium

Click below for recipes and more information about how these recipes fit into a plan for cancer prevention.


Research shows that starting your meal with a low calorie salad or soup can help you eat fewer calories for the entire meal. AICR's appetizers average around 150 calories and contain low calorie, but filling foods.


AICR beverages contain fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee or low-fat dairy or similar plant based (soy, rice e.g.) foods. Added sugars including honey, agave syrup or other natural sweeteners are kept to a minimum. We aim to meet the proposed 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommendation to limit added sugars to 10% of less of total calories.


Half of the flours and other grains in bread recipes are  100% whole grain, with few exceptions.

Breakfast Foods

 The calories of AICR's breakfast recipes fit within a breakfast total count of 400-500. Most recipes focus on whole grain, fruit, protein and/or dairy.


AICR's appetizer soups average 100-175 calories per serving whereas main course soups are created to fit within a meal of 400-700 calories. Sodium content meets nutrient guidelines within totality of day’s meals.


AICR's appetizer or side salad contain about 100-175 calories per serving. Main course salads fit into a meal of 400-700 calories and contain both protein and vegetables. The calorie and fat content of dressing varies, depending on other salad ingredients.


•    Red meat: Uses the leanest cuts with a serving size of 3 ounces or less (cooked)
•    Fish/seafood dishes: Primarily uses fish that is considered sustainable.
•    Poultry: Typically served without skin to keep calories low.
•    Vegetarian: Provides at least 10 grams protein per serving and include vegan option when possible.

Vegetable Side Dishes

AICR's vegetable sides emphasize variety. They may include fresh, frozen or canned vegetables (no salt added or drained and rinsed).

Pasta, Rice, and Other Grains

 AICR's grain dishes primarily use whole grains. Most baked goods will use at least one-half whole grain flour.


 Desserts are based on fruit, dairy or whole-grain or other plant-based food. They average 250 calories per serving or less.

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