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.

Embrace the Bean

I am currently seeking a job as a food creator at any nationwide chain restaurant. I have absolutely no experience working behind the scenes of the food service industry, but am infinitely experienced consuming the so called fruits of that labor.

As a non-meat eater I am so sick and tired of the truly pathetic choices offered to me when I decide to dine out.

I have created some truly delicious sandwiches sans meat. The restaurant industry really needs to embrace the bean. Black beans, red beans, pinto, lentil and more. The bean is a mighty and powerful bit of food. Cheap, tasty and easy to manipulate. Meat eaters will love the bean too if done right. Black bean lasagna is the bomb. Imitation bacon bits, black beans, pickle and Swiss cheese is an awesome Cuban vegetarian sandwich. Peanut butter and pinto beans and red onion. Hummus, curry lentils and cucumber. Cream cheese, garlic and red beans. Restaurants can charge less for bean sandwiches than they do for meat ones and people will still feel full and satisfied. The trick is how you market it. You've got to make it sound like something everyone will want, including meat eaters. Don't call them vegetarian sandwiches. Call them gourmet options.

There are endless bean sandwich possibilities. They are way better than meat sandwiches. There's also the faux meat cold cut option. But that stuff isn't as versatile. With beans you can use them in other ways as well. Bean salad. Beans in a regular salad. Beans in a pasta salad. Beans in soup. Even if no one orders the bean sandwich, but people will. But even if no one does, you can still use them up in other ways. Beans go in pretty much anything. There is no bad place to add beans.

After that happens I'd love to see the nutritional yeast topping option. It's called evolution. Let's try to keep up with it.