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 and Quick Roasted Potatoes Vegan

I remember when my grandmother used to make roasted potatoes. She'd cook a whole chicken in a pan in the oven and surround it with cut up potato chunks. Every so often she would spoon some of the chicken ooze over the potatoes. What a flavor.

These potatoes use no chicken or any other animals. But they have all the flavor and tenderness still the same.

6 idaho potatoes cut into 1/2 inch chunks
olive oil
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Roast potatoes with the skin on. The skin is delicious and healthful. Wash potatoes thoroughly. Use cold running water and rub the dirt off with your hands.

Arrange cut potatoes in a microwave safe vessel. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

Let cool 2-3 minutes.

Arrange potatoes on a baking sheet. Save microwave vessel for later storing potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper.

When oven is heated add potatoes and set timer for 35 minutes.

Turn potatoes at the midway point of cooking.

Remove form oven and test for softness using a fork. Potatoes should be crispy on the outside and soft and moist within.

Let cool 2-4 minutes before serving.