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.

Faux Vegetarian Recipes

Why, oh why is the meat eating world just so ignorant? Anytime a non vegetarian creates a supposedly vegetarian recipe it is just so useless.

Beans people! There have got to be beans in it. It's just a rule. Black or white or red or kidney. It must contain beans.

If you want to make a vegetarian sandwich, you replace the missing meat with beans. If you want to make a vegetarian lasagna you replace the meat with beans. If you want to make a a vegetarian stew you replace the meat with beans. Are you sensing a pattern?

Salad on bread does not a vegetarian sandwich make. Technically it does, but no one wants to eat it. Lasagna noodles swimming in too much cheese is just wrong.

Beans! It's all about the beans! Beans are vegetarian meat.

If you're not going to bother understanding the most basic of vegetarian eating principles then don't go around writing vegetarian recipes.

Cheese does not replace meat. Beans replace meat. Vegetables do not replace meat. Beans replace meat. Spices, bread and mushrooms do not replace meat. Beans replace meat. If you don't have a recipe with beans in place of the meat, then you simply don't have a vegetarian recipe.