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.

Cake and Cheese and Hot Sauce

I've been flirting with the vegetarian thing again. I'm kind of addicted to candy right now... so milk is a part of the diet. But I'm repulsed by meat all over again. It really is pretty gross. Been enjoying my bean sandwiches and my vegetarian chili and crazy rice concoctions. All good stuff to be sure. If you douse anything with hot sauce it'll pretty much taste great. If you sprinkle anything with Cajun seasoning same effect. Add some curry for a third magical transformation of dull food into delicious. That's pretty much my repertoire these days.

Am still disgusted by cow's milk. It's pretty icky. Especially the store brand with untold growth hormones. Somehow I've been getting by without any milk of any kind. Almond, soy or otherwise. My bones are probably turning to jello as I type this, but who knows.

I've also been avoiding B12 like the plague. I like that feeling of lighheadedness that goes along with it. I know I'm supposed to get it, but ah, who cares. If it's not in plants, then I'm just not that interested. I'm kind of curious to see how long I can go without it. I must've built up some kinda stock pile while I was off the wagon, but it should be depleted by now. But there don't seem to be any issues arising. It's kinda weird.

All in all, I think, I'm just not really a meat person. I prefer my beans and my grains. Just wish there were more prepared food choices available. I like to cook, but sometimes I like to be lazy as well.

I have to admit though, cheese and cake are something I do enjoy. As much as I admire the vegan way of life, cake is really tempting and so is cheese. A cheese sandwich isn't much to fret over, but pizza without cheese is kinda sad. And sure, you can make cake without eggs, but it's not easy to make really good cake without eggs and not all of us are bakers.