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Tuna Pasta Salad With Avocado

Contributed by: NAPSA

Advice For Home Cooks That Makes Healthy Eating Easy

by Elizabeth Pivonka, President, Produce for Better Health Foundation

(NAPSA) - There's been a renewed interest in cooking at home, and getting a home-cooked meal on the table night after night doesn't have to be a challenge, though even experienced cooks need a little help now and then.

Tuna Pasta Salad With Avocado
People need easy-to-understand, healthy recipes that are quick to fix and that their kids will eat. The good news is that cooking at home can save money and brings the family together for dinner. It can also contribute to healthy eating.

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Tuna Pasta Salad with Avocado is a tasty, one-dish meal that can be prepared in minutes, even by a novice cook.

Preparation time: 30-60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pasta shells
  • 1/4 cup bottled fat-free Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
  • 1 6-oz. can water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 3/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, chopped
  • 4 green leaf lettuce leaves

Directions:

In a large saucepan, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, then rinse briefly under cold water. Drain. In a small bowl, combine the Italian dressing, basil, garlic and crushed red pepper. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, tuna, tomato, avocado, red onion and olives. Add the dressing and toss until evenly coated. Line plates with the lettuce leaves and spoon the salad on top.

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Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings

Nutritional Information: Per Serving: calories: 295, total fat: 6.4g, saturated fat: 1.1g, % calories from fat: 19%, % calories from saturated fat: 3%, protein: 18g, carbohydrates: 41g, cholesterol: 18mg, dietary fiber: 5g, sodium: 363mg


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