Mar 2nd, 2007
The Chinese new year began on February 18th. This is the year of the Pig. It is considered to be a very lucky year for those born during it, and would-be parents are timing their pregnancies to ensure that they have a child this year. The believe is that children born in the year of the pig will possess the same desirable traits that a pig exhibits, such as being, fat, happy and prosperous. Hospitals in China are being bombarded with so many new babies that they have had to increase their staff and facilities.
It just so happens that March 1 is also National Pig Day. (I’m a day late) It was started by a Texas school teacher to honor our most intelligent domesticated animal. These smart and social animals have very unique personality traits and emotions. They are curious, insightful, loyal and friendly as well. Many studies have show that they are as intelligent as some primates species.
With a whole year and a day dedicated to this wonderful animal, why not give them a break and cut pork out of your diet for awhile? There are a ton of pork/meat substitute products on the market nowadays. You will probably not even notice that you’re not eating meat (especially if there is sauce involved). Below you will find a list of my favorite meat substitutes.
Veggie Burgers – Dr. Praeger’s or TJ brand tofu burgers. These can also be ground up to make a ground beef substitute. (can be found at T.J.’s)
Veggie Sausage- Tofurky (can be found at T.J.’s and most supermarkets)
Veggie Hotdogs- Quorn (can be found at most supermarkets)
Veggie Corn Dogs- Morningstar (can be found at most supermarkets)
Veggie Chicken- Quorn Products (can be found at most supermarkets)
Veggie Chorizo- Soyrizo (can be found at most supermarkets)
Veggie Meatballs- Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs (T.J.’s )
Veggie Ground Beef- Morningstar Farms Crumbles (can be found at most supermarkets)
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