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 Potato Salad

Here's a re imagined potato salad that's sure to please. It's vegan and it's delicious. While traditional potato salad relies on fatty and non-animal friendly mayonnaise, this version goes a more salad truee route.

My vegan potato salad is just as the name suggests, a salad with a base of potatoes. It's dressed not with mayo, but with a sweet and tart balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

We start with oven roasted potatoes that have chilled for a while in the fridge. We add them to the bottom of a bowl. Then we top with some diced raw onion, diced red pepper, sliced black olives, chopped lightly cooked broccoli and a spoonful of black beans. We drizzle with vinaigrette dressing. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and lemon pepper seasoning. Top with some almonds and toasted panko bread crumbs. It's the tastiest and healthiest potato salad you'll ever eat and it's also 100% vegan.

Variations might include roasted garlic, roasted peppers, cilantro, garbanzo beans and italian dressing instead of vinaigrette.