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.

Veg in a Sea of Carnivores

The hardest part about being vegetarian or vegan is when those around you aren't. The ones we love. The ones with whom we share our meals may not share our food choices. It can be difficult to reconcile. Especially on holiday occasions or when dining out.

The natural urge is to want to convince those closest to us that they too should stop eating meat. We love them and want them to eat healthy. But in reality that's probably the worst thing we can do. To push our beliefs on those around us will only sour them on the whole idea.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Or if you're vegan, the proof is in the soy pudding. Show your friends and dear ones eating vegetarian or vegan tastes great and feels good by preparing delicious meals for them. It doesn't need to be fancy. Just tasty and filling and good for you. Use the recipes you can find here and everywhere else all over the Internet to fix just a few really good veg meals for them once in a while. They may start out thinking they won't like it, but once they taste it, they're sure to change their tune.

The point isn't to convert your loved ones into vegetarianism or veganism, but just to show them how great it can taste and how satisfying it can be. Even if they just cut back on animal consumption that is still a major victory.