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 Hummus Goodness (Vegan)

A great little sandwich I made the other day was hummus and lightlife bologna style with some dill pickle. Really simple.

I built my sandwich on a thomas' bagel (which has no egg or milk). The important step is to lay down one slice of lightlife then slather that with hummus and cover with another slice. Top with pickle, onion, pepper, or any combo thereof.

So easy to make in the morning for breakfast or prepare and wrap for a take to work lunch. Really filling. The hummus and lightlife really pack the protein and iron. The thomas' bagel has a good amount of protein and iron too.

Another filling way to eat hummus is just have half a bagel and cover it with hummus and eat with a side of low salt lays potato chips or dry roasted edammame.

I find both these meals very filling, satisfying and enduring. My taste buds are satiated and my stomach doesn't nag me for at least 3 or 4 hours after.