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.

Cold Sweet Potato Fries

I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes. They always seem too sweet to me. Be they plain or candied or french fried, I was never impressed. I know they are very good for you. Full of vitamins A and C and lots of fiber. Theoretically I adore them. In actuality though, not much of a fan.

That is until I bought some frozen sweet potato crinkle cut fries and decided to eat them chilled. I cooked them first. In the oven. According the package instructions. Then I let them cool. Until they were room temp. Then I put the in the fridge and waited for them to chill down.

They were so different that way. It was amazing. Suddenly I was enjoying eating them. And totally getting that they are a perfect half and half blend of carrot and potato.

Alls I can say is, if you've never liked sweet potatoes before you have to try cold sweet potato fries. They are so different. They are just the right amount of potato texture and just the perfect amount of sweet. I guess the cold changes them a lot.

They're especially delicious broken up into mac and cheese or tossed salad. But they are best eaten solo. Don't use ketchup like you would on regular fries. Instead dip them in vinaigrette dressing or hot sauce.