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.

Vegan Period

There's something interesting that happened to me throughout the course of my changing diets. When I went vegan I got my period once every 4-5 weeks like clockwork. Prior to that, my whole adult life, I'd only gotten it every 8-10 weeks or so and it was always sporadic and unpredictable. It had always been like that, ever since I first got it.

But for some strange reason, which I can only guess is indicative of how healthy a vegan diet really is, it became regular when I was eating that way.

As soon as I went off the vegan diet it went back to a more uneven pace. With a vegetarian diet it came more often too. Usually at about 6 weeks or so. Eating meat seems to give me the biggest gaps between.

Interesting phenomenon to say the least. Curious really.