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 Combos

Here's an interesting little sandwich I had today. I had a lot of black bean salad lying around. I also had rye bread and macaroni and cheese with peas in it. So I did what any sane person would do in that situation. I put them altogether on the bread and topped with raw onion and pickle slices. I figured the mac and cheese would kinda act like the cheese in a normal sandwich. It pretty much worked out that way. There were some nice contrasts happening. All in all a pretty awesome sandwich. Another fun thing I did with my food was hard cooked egg and cheese and broccoli rice. Those quick cook flavored rice packets are super tempting. They have good flavor and are so convenient. When they put them on sale for a dollar it's impossible to resist. Great taste. Cheap. Easy. What more can you ask for from supermarket food. I always like to augment them though. They are mostly rice and they are small. Bulking them up with vegetables makes them go farther and much more healthful. I usually add some frozen veg. Broccoli, cauliflower, mustard green. Whatever I have lying about. Fresh garlic is always a great add in. I like to add some canned beans as well. Protein and bulk. Cheap as heck. Black bean, garbanzos, lentil. Any old bean is good. But if you're really looking for a protein boost some egg will really hit the spot and not add much cost. Hard cooked egg is any easy add in to any dish. I used just half an egg in my bowl of rice mix. It was quite satisfying. I eat almost all my food cold. It's very rare that I eat hot food. Dunno why. Just not that into it. Except maybe baked potatoes or roasted potatoes. Though I love them both cold as well. I hate microwaving my food. So instead I just eat it all directly from the fridge. It's suprisingly good that way. The microwave ruins flavors and textures.