Sorry to be the bearer of this nugget of bad news out of Washington:
Eating red meat increases the chances of dying prematurely, according to a large federal study offering powerful new evidence that a diet that regularly includes steaks, burgers and pork chops is hazardous to your health.
What do you make of this study? Is it enough to make you rethink dinner? Are you trying to incorporate more vegetarian fare into your diet?
And now, for some good news: Check out the ever-growing list of recipes from The Times' Test Kitchen, available at latimes.com/recipes. There, you'll find plenty of vegetarian dishes, as well as some veggie-rich salads and seafood. (You might not even notice that the meat is missing.)
-- Rene Lynch