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.

Kidney Beans Curry

I've previously praised their chick peas curry. Now I feel I must praise their kidney beans curry as well. What I love most about this brand is their simple ingredients. Unlike western and American concoctions, they have authentic, short and pronounceable components in their food. They are, I believe, all vegetarian, though some refer to usage with chicken and several are vegan.

I'm a big garbanzo bean fan so I was really drawn to their chick peas curry packet. The sauce and the potatoes make for a mild curry with a hearty feel.

I didn't think I'd like the kidney beans curry version, but boy was I wrong. I love this one way more. I'm not even a fan of kidney beans. But the sauce that comes with this one is so spicy and curried and tomatoey that it made me into a kidney bean lover.

Now I'll be the first to gripe that it's expensive, but taste wise I feel it to be 100% worth it. It's just that good. I wish I could make a homemade dish that is. I can get close, but not close enough that I'm not compelled to overspend on this. It's great when it goes on sale for $2. That's awesome. But at $2.96 all the time on amazon and vitacost it's still something to at least treat yourself with sometimes.

Being vegetarian or vegan means sacrificing a lot of flavor possibilities. There are many other flavors to be had, but these kitchens of India curry dishes make it so easy and they taste so freaking good.

This is not a paid endorsement. These are my honest opinions. I've not been compensated.