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.

Vegan Black Bean Burgers

So I finally went ahead and made my idea for black bean burgers. Soooo much cheaper than buying the tasteless frozen variety. So much tastier. So much better all around.

1 can black beans rinsed
1/4 cup yellow corn nibblets
1-2 cups panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
7 cloves minced garlic
1/4 medium onion minced
2 tablespoons prepared vegan polenta
2 tsp olive oil
black pepper, paprika, chili powder, cayenne powder and garlic powder to season

Combine all ingredients except spices and use a stick blender or food processor to lightly puree. Leave the mixture pretty smooth, but with a few chunks. Add breadcrumbs in small increments until the desired texture is achieved. You want a pretty firm, yet ever so slightly mushy consistency.

Make sure to taste the mixture as you go along. Adding spices to suit your tastes. If you're into it, some minced jalapeno would make a great addition.

Add spices to your preference.

Let chill at least 4 hours in the fridge. Preferably overnight.

Scoop about 1/3 cup of the mixture into a hot, lightly greased, non-stick fry pan. Press out into a patty shape with spatula. Let cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until a golden brown crust has formed.

Top with pickle slices, ketchup, raw onion or any burger topping to you love.

Enjoy your cheap, easy and delicious vegan burger.

See if you can fool your family or friends with it.