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 Roasted Garlic

Everyone loves roasted garlic. It has great flavor and a wonderful appetizing aroma that really enhances a meal. Roasted garlic is traditionally made in the oven. But if you can bake a potato on an outdoor grill, surely you can roast garlic that way as well. It's quite easy and yields the same magnificent results.

I used a foil packet to grill my garlic and it worked out great. I was grilling some baked potatoes and just plopped the garlic packet right on top of them for the last 30 minutes.

I first peeled and de-stemmed the cloves. Then  stuck them in the foil packet with some olive oil and salt. I poked a few holes in the packet with a fork. Done and done.

After your potatoes have cooked for 30 minutes on your grill, throw the packet on there too. 30 more minutes later you've got potatoes and roasted garlic.

Take one of your roasted garlic cloves and use your fork to mash it into the meat of the potato. Add some fresh cracked black pepper. Soooo gooood.

Other great applications for your grilled roasted garlic are: spread on a sandwich, add to a pasta salad, spread on toast. Heck, I even like to just eat the little buggers straight up.