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.

Vegetarian Mac and Cheese


Today I found two brands of vegetarian boxed macaroni and cheese. Unlike the sinister Kraft brand which is predicated on the stomachs of dead baby animals (calf, lamb and kid) these wonderful alternatives use only non-animal enzymes in their cheese packets.

Both Annie's and Back To Nature brand boxed mac and cheese dinners specify right on the package that the enzyme in their cheese mix are of the non-animal variety. Awesome!

All cheese containing packages really ought to require such labelling... animal or non enzymes. The people want to know. The governement of course doesnt' care. There's no money in it.

All restaurants need to get with the program as well. You already have the egg, milk and peanut info. It's not unreasonable for poeple to want to know if animal stock, fat or similar is lurking in their menu choice. List on your websties animal containing foods. Things with animals stocks, animals fats, any animal derived ingredients.