Giving up Meat for Lent? Try This

Fat Tuesday is the one of the many days of the year that we use as an excuse to get drunk and party. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and as we know, Ash Wednesday yesterday marked the beginning of Lent. That's right folks, put away the prime rib for the next 40 days. So how do you satisfy your hunger until Easter's lamb with mint chutney rolls around? One of our favorite ways is by stopping off at Whole Foods and perusing their selection of delicious options from Banyan Foods.

Banyan Foods is a little family-owned company that operates right here in Houston. We first caught wind of it from the wonderfully scrumptious samples that they hand out at Whole Foods and Central Market. Banyan offers an assortment of products, from Tofu Fried Rice to Egg Rolls to Tofu Spaghetti Sauce.

One of our favorites is the Tofu Crystal Noodles. We warm them up in a hot wok, add some freshly scrambled egg, extra soy sauce, and whatever veggies we happen to have around. The whole meal is prepared in about 10 minutes, and we swear it's so tasty that you won't even miss the meat. Yes, it's hippie food, but it's good hippie food. And de-veganizing it with eggs and cheeses makes it even better. If you're looking for something quick, fresh, and meatless to get you through these tough T-Boneless times, give it a try.

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Geri Maria Harris