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.

Vigo Rice

I've been getting a lot of google hits lately about whether or not Vigo brand rices are vegetarian.

They are NOT. They contain chicken fat and powdered chicken. They are neither vegetarian nor vegan in any way.

Carolina rice (Mahatma on the west coast) makes a saffron yellow rice that is vegan and vegetarian. Regular saffron yellow only. The spicy kind has animal ingredients.

Near east also makes a Mediterranean cous cous curry that is yellow and saffrony and quite good which reads as vegan from the ingredient list.

Both are very tasty if saffron rice is what you crave.