Sweet and Spicy Tomato and Kidney Bean Salad

One of the best things about not eating meat is that you can make meals without having to actually cook anything. Just cut, combine and stir. Whether you're in a hurry, feeling lazy or just want that fresh crunch, a plant based diet gives you the freedom to cook without literally cooking. 

Especially as the weather gets warmer, it's convenient to just cut and combine. It's also surprisingly tasty to keep those fresh ingredients in their natural state. 

The textures and flavors are vibrant and exciting. 

A little salt, a little acid, some  fat, a spice or two and you're all set with a delicious meal. 

1 can dark red kidney beans
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 poblano pepper, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 long hot pepper, diced
1 serrano, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbls olive oil
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 1/2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. 

That's it. You're done. Enjoy your not so hard work.

Pasta with Broccoli Garlic and Olive Oil

Admittedly, this one isn't really very low fat, but it's definitely good for your arteries. It can be low fat, if you're careful not to use too much olive oil.

Ingredients

Half a box of pasta
7 cloves garlic cut into big chunks
1 box frozen broccoli (defrosted in microwave and chopped into bite size pieces)
2-4 tbls extra virgin olive oil (2 tbls will taste really good. 3 is moderation. 4 is decadence. decide depending on occasion and mood)
salt pepper and oregano
grated Parmesan cheese


Use a non-stick pan to cook your pasta. You'll save a lot of stirring and stuck noodles. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add a few shakes of salt to boiling water before stirring in your pasta. When pasta is done strain into a colander and set aside in the sink.

Return your pasta cooking pot to the same hot burner and add 1 tbl olive oil, then your broccoli. Stir and cook broccoli for about two minutes then add garlic. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.

Once the garlic begins to really give off its aroma add back your pasta and an additional 1-3 tbls olive oil. Stir everything together and cook for a few minutes more. Add your oregano last. Stirring it in and cooking for only a minute or two. Serve piping hot sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese as a whole meal or side dish.

Make lots. Remainder keeps well in fridge and reheats well later.

Onion and pepper make a great additions.