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.

Red Bean Sandwich

I love bean sandwiches. They are just like other people's sandwiches, but they taste better, are less expensive and they don't kill anything. This is a daring sandwich as it uses an unusual ingredient to add crunch, texture and unexpected flavors.


2 slices whole wheat bread
vinegar and olive oil
3 tbls red beans
3 slice cucumber
few slices red onion
1 clove garlic minced
few leaves romaine lettuce
low salt plain potato chips
salt, pepper and basil

You can make this sandwich with toasted or non-toasted bread. It just stays together a little better if you toast the bread and then dent it some with your fingers.

Generous spray bread with vinegar. white, red or balsamic will work. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. sprinkle with garlic, salt, pepper and basil. Add beans. Spritz a little more with vinegar and oil. Then layer onion, cucumber, lettuce and a few potato chips ontop.

Close sandwich and slice in half. Revel in its unusual juxtaposition of flavors and textures. There's a lot of flavor in this little sandwich. It's a little bit spicy, but scrumptious.