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Red lentils with jalapeños and lime

One of my dearest friends recently gave up eating meat. As we were talking about her new lifestyle, I asked if she was enjoying lots of beans. She replied that she wasn't. "Can beans even be cooked without meat?" she asked.

Now, like most Texans, beans are a mainstay in my diet. For instance, on Sundays I'll prepare a big batch of pintos and eat them throughout the week. And while I often do add meat, I also have no problem making them vegetarian as they're just as good.

When my friend wondered how that was even . . .


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