The COVID-19 pandemic has made eating in an everyday occurrence across the country, but for cancer patients who often have unique nutritional needs, at-home meal preparations can be particularly challenging. Fortunately, culinary experts at the OSUCCC &ndash; James are here to help with tips and easy-to-prepare recipes that can help cancer patients and caregivers get the most out of their homemade meals and snacks. &ldquo;In The James Instructional Kitchen, we work with patients, outpatients and caregivers on personalized nutrition education plans,&rdquo; says chef Stephanie Urrutia, RD, LD, a senior culinary educator at the OSUCCC &ndash; James. &ldquo;We focus on high-protein, high-calorie and easy-to-eat recipes, and provide information tailored to the patients&rsquo; diagnoses.&rdquo; Today&rsquo;s Recipe: Crispy Tofu With Saut&eacute;ed Veggies and Quinoa The Crispy Tofu With Saut&eacute;ed Veggies and Quinoa is a high-protein, plant-based meal filled with a variety of vegetables and grains. This dish contains nutrient-dense tofu and quinoa, as well as the add-ons of onions, peppers and whatever vegetables you have available, and pairs well with black beans, mushrooms, spinach or avocado. The main component of this recipe is the tofu, which is commonly used as a plant-based protein substitute for traditional meats or seafood. Tofu is rich in calcium, manganese, iron and selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant shown to have anti-carcinogenic properties. Tofu is made from soybeans, which are one of the two plant-based proteins that contain all nine essential amino acids. Tofu also contains isoflavones, which have been shown to have protective effects against cancer. Quinoa is a whole grain that&rsquo;s used in a variety of ways, such as bowls, savory dishes and stir fries. The quinoa and brown rice blend in this recipe provide a good amount of fiber, which is beneficial for our digestion and overall health. Quinoa is also a complete protein, making it perfect to pair with tofu. Quinoa is also rich in the plant compounds quercetin and kaempferol, which have been shown to have antioxidant properties, making them an important component in cancer treatment and prevention. Mushrooms add a layer of earthy and savory flavors as well as a variety of nutrients, while the bell peppers we use add color, texture, vitamins and minerals. As always, it is important to remember that safe preparation and handling of foods is the most important factor for food preparation to make sure that you have lowered the risk for introducing foodborne illnesses, bacteria and viruses into your body.