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.

Easy Veggies

Making vegetables in the microwave drastically reduces their vitamin content. Boiling has the same effect. Sauteing in oil adds lots of unwanted fat.

Try this matehod for a quick and easy way to make healthy and convenient veggies from frozen bags.

Coat the bottom of a small non-stick skillet with water. Add frozen veg of your choice. Cover and let simmer to 3-5 minutes. Cookng time varies depending on the density of the vegetable.

Monitor pan carefully to make sure veggies don't burn and water doesn't boil over.

Vegetables are crips and tasty. They are sauted in water instead of oil so there is no added fat.

They taste great. Are crunchy and wholesome.

Works with frozen carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peas and more. Works with fresh vegetables too. Just shorten the cooking time.

Add saome salt and pepper to season near the end of the cooking process. Lemon or lime juice in the cooking water adds a nice zing.