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July 28, 2015

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When a recipe calls to sauté something in oil, try using water or vegetable broth instead. The extra fat is not necessary for great taste.



Dietary cholesterol still matters. Decades of science have conclusively linked dietary cholesterol to cardiovascular disease, which kills nearly 2,200 Americans daily. Plant-based, cholesterol-free diets are proven to fight heart disease.


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For more ideas on how to transition to a low-fat, plant-based diet, check out our Ingredient Substitution Chart.

Chef Todd Gray’s Veggie Burger with Slow-Cooked Tomato Chutney

Chef Todd Gray's Burger

Last week, the Physicians Committee hosted the Congressional Veggie Burger Smackdown on Capitol Hill with chef Todd Gray, pitting four delicious state-inspired sauces against one another. Check out the winning sauce below! For the recipes for the burger and the other three sauces, visit our website.

Let us know what you think of the recipes on Twitter using #VeggieSmackdown.

New Jersey: Slow-Cooked Tomato Chutney

Makes 4-6 servings


2 tablespoons water
3 medium-sized ripe Jersey tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 onion, peeled and minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil


Heat water in a medium-sized sauce pot.

Cook tomatoes with onions and garlic for 5 minutes, adding more water as needed.

Add sugar, vinegar, mustard, and seasoning. Cook on low heat covered for 30 minutes or until liquid has evaporated and tomato mixture is tight and pulp-like.

Finish with fresh chopped basil. Refrigerate for flavors to combine about 4 hours. Spoon on cooked burgers.

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs. 

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Food for  Life

Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Learn more here >>

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