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.

Buffalo Chick Peas

I believe I may have just invented the next big food thing. Buffalo chick pea. That's right. They're awesome little pebbles of deep fried, spicy goodness.

They're really easy to make. And a delicious snack you won't be able to stop scarfing down. Don't blame me if you gain weight. It'll totally be worth it anyway. These are not low fat. But they are spicy goodness in little funny shaped balls.

1 can garbanzo beans (aka chick peas)
2 tbls hot sauce
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 tbl peanut butter
1 packet soy sauce
toasted panko breadcrumsb
salt, pepper and paprika to taste

Grab yourself a can of chick pea. Rinse and drain.

In a bowl combine hot sauce, white vinegar, peanut butter, soy sauce, salt, pepper and paprika.

Get some oil hot in a deep skillet. Drop in chick peas and fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oil and toss in sauce mixture.

Let cool and rest in sauce. Store that way.

Serve directly from sauce and sprinkle with toasted panko bread crumbs.

Use to garnish any dish. Or just eat directly as a snack. Dip in roasted garlic hummus or garlic and dill cream cheese.