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 Smart Dog and Saffron Rice Sandwich

Here's a bizarre little sandwich both vegans and vegetarians can enjoy. It uses lightlife smart dogs and carolina saffron rice and some sabra hummus. It's a little unusual to say the least, but tastes pretty great.

I made this sandwich the next day after I'd made the carolina saffron rice. So it was all nice and chilled. I augmented the rice mix with chopped frozen kale and some colorful bell peppers.

I made a lightlife dog in the microwave and then cut it into small slices. On a sesame seed roll I assembled my sandwich. Both sides of the bun lathered with delicious garlicy hummus. Then the dog slices. Then piled high with the chilled rice/pepper/kale mix.

The lightlife dogs gave it that meaty texture. The hummus imbued it with that creamy mayonnaise feel. The rice was sweet and spicy. The bell peppers crunchy. The kale chewy. It truly was a well rounded sandwich. It had all the elements a good sandwich requires. Texture. Freshness. Richness. Spice. Crunch. A little sweetness.

This sandwich really goes a long way in proving meat and cheese are not a sandwich necessity. Try it yourself and be convinced.