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.

Black Bean and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Today I bring you yet another bizarre, yet delicious vegetarian sandwich idea. Simple, elegant and outrageous. The cream cheese and black bean club.

Ingredients
1 sesame seed bun
1 tablespoon low fat cream cheese
1/4 cup black beans
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
2 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspon garlic powder
4-6 slices kosher dill pickle

Spread cream cheese liberally on both sides of bun. Sprinkle with pepper and garlic powder. Add beans and minced garlic and top with yeast, then pickle slices. Close sandwich and slice in half. Enjoy this strangely captivating vegetarian circus of flavors.

I know it sounds strange, but I swear it's really good.