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.

Sandwich Love

When people think of sandwiches they usually think of meat and cheese or some combination thereof. But the sandwich is one of the most versatile culinary constructions every conceived. It's not limited by such simple concepts and you shouldn't be either.

A really easy and delicious sandwich I enjoy is made with hummus. A thick layer of this delicious paste on either side of a seasme seed roll. Add to that crisp fresh red bell pepper and slice white onion. Yum. Add a slice of cheese if you're so inclined.

The hormel vegetarian chili sandwich is another great one that you might not have considered. Simply cook some white rice according to the package directions. Then add a can of the veg chili and let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from pot and let cool. It makes an awesome sandwich on its own. An even better one with some lettuce.

Embrace cream cheese if you're so inclined. It's not just for bagels and lox. Spread some on a roll and add some black beans and garlic.

An egg sandwich is great on toast and pairs nicely with a vinaigrette dressing.

The key ingredient in any good sandwich is imagination. Experiment with flaovrs and combinations. Food loves risk takers.