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.

Simple Spicy Pasta Salad

I made the easiest pasta salad ever and it still was great. Thanks mostly to an improvised dressing that really satisfied my cravings.

The pasta salad was simply just quick cook rotini. I put the hot pasta in a pyrex container and added half a bag of frozen cauliflower/broccoli mix on top and closed the lid. I let that sit for about 20 minutes on the counter.

When I made a bowl for myself I dressed it this way.

I had some onion slices lying about, so I used them. I also had some left over black beans which I added to the mix.

For lubrication and liquid: 1 packet hot sauce from Wawa (or 1 teaspoon other hot sauce), 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick grinders lemon pepper seasoning or equivalent.

It was much better than expected. I was really just throwing things together that were laying about. But it turned out quite delicious. I'd do it again, on purpose next time.