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.

Always Saute Your Pasta

The secret to delicious pasta is to saute it. Restaurants do it all the time. Why shouldn't we. Whether you plan on topping it with tomato sauce or something else, for optimum flavor saute your pasta in its sauce.

It doesn't have to be a project or a fuss. You can boil and saute your pasta in the same one pan. All you need is a big giant skillet with high sides. To boil your pasta fill it about half way. Cover and bring water to a boil.

Add pasta and boil uncovered for time denoted on package. Drain with a slotted spoon to a large storage container. Set aside.

Return pan to burner and heat sauce, oil or other mix ins. Add pasta back to sauce mix. Saute in sauce mix for 5 minutes.