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 Hair Care

I've made a new discovery. It has less to do with food and more to do with hair care. But it the vegetarian and vegan commnuity should take note.

Turns out hair conditioner is a fraud. All those expenseisve bottles meant to do right by your locks are just ripping you off.

I'm not the first to report this. And I won't be the last no doubt. But it bears reiterating as there are still folks laboring under the delusion that conditioner is good for their hair.

Turns out vinegar is all you really need. Sounds crazy. I know. But it works.

But of all, it's animal free. It's just vinegar afterall.

I like to spray some on my hair brush and then run it through my hair. In thoe shower I did not condition at all. I justt did the shampoo and nothing more. I expected a frizz atop my noggin. But that didn't happen.

I sprayed my hair brush with some white vinegar and combed it through. I also sprayed some directly on the hair and roots. I brushed until the hair stopped cominf out. My hair is soft and unfrizzy.

It's crazy when you stop and think about it. How much the beauty industry has managed to drain from our purses. When all the while something as cheap as vinegar could do a better job. And with less harm to animals and the environment. An bold indictment of capitalism if ever there was one.

I've also read about baking soda shampoo. Have yet to try it. If it's anytihing like the vinegar I am sure to be thoroughlly impressed and saddened. That we live in a world that promotes chemicals over clean alternatives.

Consumerism is the only power the people still have left. and yet we squander it. on toxins and false promises.

Vinegar cured my dandruff and harmed no animals in the processs. Maybe our problem is we're too lazy to look for humane solutions.