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 Pudding Attempt #1

I recently learned that Jell-O instant pudding mix is vegan. I believe most other brands are as well. Awesome! I like pudding. All I have to do is add a vegan milk product like almond or soy milk. Suweeet!

Unfortunately the websites that tout the vegan virtue of instant pudding mix fail to mention that instant pudding mix is designed to work with the specific composition of cow's milk.

I followed the package directions: 2 cups almond milk, 1 package instant pudding. Whisk. Chill. I got sort of a pudding soup. It tasted really good. Sweet and creamy and chocolatey. But it was by no means pudding.

I've heard soy milk may yield better results. But there's is no clear consensus. Some people say only the cook top style will actually work. Other says just use less milk in the mix. I've not yet tested out these theories, but am sure one day I will and report my findings here.

Until then, know that it may not turn out in the firm texture of pudding, but instant pudding mix + almond milk still tastes really delicious.