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May 19, 2015

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ROTW-DocGrilling some meats, including chicken, beef, pork, and fish, produces heterocyclic amines (HCAs). HCAs can bind directly to DNA and cause mutations—the first step in cancer development. Thankfully, plant-based foods do not contain HCAs, so try grilling a veggie burger instead of a hamburger or a thick portabello mushroom instead of a steak.


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Summer Pasta and Bean Salad with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Summer Pasta and Bean Salad with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Picking up the basil and tomatoes from your local farmers market will make this recipe taste that much fresher! It’s the perfect dish for sharing at picnics or potlucks.

Makes six 1 1/2-cup servings


8 ounces dry whole-wheat rotini or other shaped pasta
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
kosher or sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse.

Combine pasta with remaining ingredients and let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature prior to serving.

Per serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 292; fat: 1.2 g; saturated fat: 0.3 g; calories from fat: 3.5%; cholesterol: 0 mg; protein: 14.9 g; carbohydrate: 59.6 g; sugar: 5.5 g; fiber: 9.6 g; sodium: 309 mg; calcium: 112 mg; iron: 4.5 mg; vitamin C: 14 mg; beta-carotene: 583 mcg; vitamin E: 1.6 mg

Source: The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook by Dr. Neal Barnard and Robyn Webb

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