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.

Grilled Sweet Corn

Corn season is upon us. The weather has gotten warm and the ears of corn have filled the supermarket produce section. We at the jersey shore love our corn. Low priced, sweet and beckoning to be eaten. Those with barbecue grills like to grill their ears of corn, which is a very nice way to cook it. My mother prefers hers boiled, which is just plain sad. But I like to grill mine in the oven.

If you don't have an outdoor grill or just don't feel like using it at the moment the oven is a great way to roast fresh ears of corn. We'll treat it very similar to the way we treat roasted potato. Both are a tender and sweet starchy treat.

Simple preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. In the meanwhile you can shuck your corn and make sure it's thoroughly cleaned or husk and silks. Lightly moisten each ear with some olive oil. Use a paper towel dapped with some and gently rub each ear. Then dust with some salt and pepper. Some cayenne is nce too if you like it.

When the oven is up to temp simply add your ears completely naked directly to the middle rack. Cook for 15 minutes. Turn the ears over and cook 15 minutes more.

You might want to cover the rack below with some foil to catch any oozings.

Remove from oven and let cool for 3 minutes before serving.

Crispy, crunchy, succulent and sweet summer corn grilled to perfection without a grill.