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Where's the beef? Not in these July Fourth recipes

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As you may have noticed, the price of meat has gone up over the past couple of months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Department of Agriculture, ground beef began the year at around $3.86 per pound. By the middle of May, the price had crept up to around $4.46 a pound. Sirloin, which cost $8.44 a pound in January, is now approaching $10.

These might be small amounts separately, but those increased costs can quickly add up — especially if you’re trying to feed the entire crowd during a July 4th cookout or other family get-together.

With meat off the menu — for these reasons or simply because people are choosing to eat healthier — it’s good to know there are plenty of meat-free alternatives available.

Even Burger King, the home of The Whopper, has taken the plunge with the “Impossible Whopper” and something called the “Impossible Sausage.”

Whether you’re looking to save the planet, save your arteries or save a few bucks, there are plenty of vegetable-forward ideas that make great side dishes and main events for your family barbecue.

You don’t even have to mention some of them are vegan.

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Austin, Daniel - 12:30 p.m., Austin-Hope-McLeod Cemetery, Gallipolis Ferry.

Browning, James - 1:30 p.m., Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

Cogar, Lela - 11 a.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Cook, Thermal - 1 p.m., Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Estep, Jerry - 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Grose, Violet - 2 p.m., Phillips Cemetery, Ovapa.

Hager, Vaughn - 2 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Ratliff, Karen - 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Rose, Mary - 3 p.m., Mollohan Cemetery, Birch River.

Smith, Dorothy - 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.