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.

Lightlife Taste Tests

So I've tried several Lightlife foods. Smart Deli turkey, ham and bologna style. Lightlife hotdogs too.

The bologna style is great. Really great. I love it. Perfect smell, flavor and texture.

The hot dogs are also good. Very nice taste. Good scent. Texture, not perfect, but very nice.

The turkey and ham, I liked, but did not love. But that is just me. They had their merits. The texture was good. I just thought the flavor was lacking a little bit. IMHO the bologna style is better.

I still need to try the fake ground beef. I wanted to try the buffalo wings, but the eggs in the ingredients turned me off. I don't eat eggs.

I saw on their website they have all kinds of items I've never seen in my local stores. Sigh. Their veggie burgers look really good. And are vegan from the ingredients listed on their site.

Some of their stuff can be expensive. The ground beef is. $3.99 for that little packet seems extreme. But the deli slices and dogs are very reasonable. $2-3 per pack. And I get 4-5 sandwiches out of them. More out of the dogs. I just eat one at a time. Even when I eat two it's still 4 times.

Their bologna deli slices are great with pickle and onion. If you eat cheese they are supreme with borden american singles (which are vegetarian) or any of many vegetarian cheddar cheeses.

Their dogs are awesome with sauerkraut and some ketchup or mustard. Or cut them up and mix them into some mashed potatoes. Heaven.