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.

Vegan Beans Remoulade

Remoulade sauce is a mildly spicy, interesting flavor to enhance many different kinds of beans. Chick peas, red beans, pink, black. It'll work on almost any kind.

Ingredients:

1 can beans of your choice (or mix a few of your favorites)
3 Tbls spicy mustard
1 1/2 - 2 Tbls ketchup
1 tsp or 2 takeout packets soy sauce
2 cloves finely minced garlic
zest and juice of one lemon
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl whisk together mustard, ketchup and soy sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, onion powder, chili powder and garlic powder. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Add only 1 1/2 Tbls of ketchup at first and taste. If you like it that way great. If it's a little too mustardy for you add the extra ketchup.

Add several shakes of salt and pepper, stir and taste. Add more seasons if you prefer.

Rinse your beans and then add to your remoulade mixture. Stir to coat beans in sauce.

Chill for two hours to eat cold over bagel or toast.

Beans in remoulade can also be heated in a sauce pan or the microwave if you prefer them warm over pasta or rice.