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.

The Harm You Do

Every year for Mother's Day my brother gives my mom a Carvel ice cream cake. And every year they ask me if I want a piece. And I say no, it has eggs in it. And they say why would ice cream have eggs in it. And I say I don't know, but I'm pretty sure it does. And then I read the ingredients and there are the eggs in the bold typeface allergen alert section.

It's sad really. You'd think you could avoid eggs by having ice cream cake instead of conventional cake, but no.

The strangest part is when someone suggest I eat around the egg containing parts. As if I just don't like the taste. To eat around them and discard them would be more wrong than eating them in my mind. Chickens suffered and I"m just going to enjoy it anyway, but throw away the part I find offensive. That's totally backward to what I"m trying to do by not eating eggs.

But then some people... most people, just don't get it. They think if it the brand is called 'Born Free' the chickens are actually born free. They think if the carton is certified by the humane society that that means it's all right. Sadly, that is not the case.

It does seem futile. So many people eat meat and eggs. And I myself eat cheese. But I do what I can. The best I can. Still have vegan aspirations. But cheese is hard to give up. And milk is an ingredient in so very many foods. I don't think anything will actually change because of my personal food choices. But the less harm I do the better.