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.

Gosh Dern Restaurants

The food world needs a serious attitude adjustment. They are all stuck in this sickening repetition of cheese and meat. Especially restaurants. They are the worst perpetrators of all. Every dish is meat and cheese. Or meat and salad. Or meat and more meat.

We get it. People like meat. Or people don't have a choice. You don't let them choose anything else. What they heck is wrong with some beans or nuts or tofu. All right. Meat eaters hate tofu. It's pretty good deep fried, but I get that omnivores aren't into it. But what they heck is wrong with beans. Everyone eats beans.

So why can't there be bean salads and bean sandwiches on menus? Surely the beans would not go to waste even if no vegans happened to enter your establishment. Is it too much to ask to want a bean sandwich. It seems a simple request. Some bun, some black beans, some hummus, some red onion, some lettuce. Done. And don't over charge me for it. It cost you virtually nothing to construct. And keep the eggs and dairy out of it. Or offer me that option.

You're basically just utilizing ingredients you already have on hand for other dishes. The addition of the beans is minor and can be used to create healthy side dishes.

I am truly baffled by the restaurant industry's reluctance to offer vegan choices. It would be so easy and cost so little.