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.

Bobby Flay's Burgers

When I learned that there's a Bobby Flay's Burgers restaurant not to far away I was excited and intrigued. As a long time fan of both the Food Network and Iron Chef America the idea of consuming something conceptualized by the Iron Chef certainly piqued by interest.

So naturally I googled it to learn more.

I discovered a nice array of burgers with interesting flavor combinations. But was sorely disappointed that there was not vegetarian burger option. I would have thought that Bobby would also be masterful enough to create a stunning veggie burger patty. And was quite disappointed to find he had not.

I would be more than happy to share my own personal favorite black bean burger recipe with him for possible inclusion on his menu. It's right up his alley with lime juice/zest, paprika and other southwestern influences. It's also vegan on top of being vegetarian. So two birds, one stone.  But no dead birds, obviously. And it's also very delicious if I do say so myself.

It would be awesome to taste his take on the veggie burger. I woulda thought him a daring enough chef to try his hand at it.  I was quite disappointed to find there was none.