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.

More Vegan Snack Foods

In my quest for egg free cookies and cakes I've discovered there are more options than one would first assume.

We already know that oreos and nabisco classic cookies are vegan.

But wait... there's more! For only $19.95 you too can own your very own vegan cookie detector. It will sound an alarm whenever you're in the presence of egg and milk containing cookies. And will emit a pleasant tone when vegan cookies are close to your lips.

No, but seriously, there are more great vegan snacks to be had. Don't listen to Natalie Portman. She's a lame-o.

My favorite are nutter butters. Peanut buttery goodness. They are totally addictive. And not a trace of animal products in the sorta long ingredients list. Not exactly a healthy choice, but animal free nonetheless.

Nabisco animal crackers are vegan too. Who doesn't love animal crackers? They are delicious and fun to eat.

Classic lays and low salt lays potato chips. Crunchy, salty goodness.

Mrs. Smith's Apple Pie. Regular or Dutch. Other flavors too. Pilsbury crescent rolls. Pilsbury biscuits. There are plenty of scrumptious vegan dessert items to be consumed.

For cookies, the rule of thumb is, only really crunchy cookies are vegan. Eggs make cookies soft and chewy. So Crunchy ones are the way to go. But always check ingredients to be certain.

The general idea is that there are plenty of great vegan snack foods out there. You needn't deprive yourself.