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.

Vegetarian Savings Plan

I've been conducting this experiment of sorts.About the cost of eating veg versus the cost of eating meat. I've been keeping track of weekly food expenditures for myself and my mother. Eliminating shared foods like loaves of bread and bags of rolls. The data I've gathered so far, after only 4 weeks is pretty interesting. It's a pervasive belief that eating veg is more costly, but real life paints an entirely diffferent truth.

I haven't documented the actual foods purchases. I should have. And will in the future. But suffice it to say that she eats meat and I don't.

I've maintined a spreadsheet of weekly spending on food. The results of which are quite eye opening.


DateMomMe
7/29/201316.8424.74
8/12/201326.2811.98
8/05/201325.3214.82
8/19/201332.949.63




101.3861.17

My first week includes the cost of cola. I am a Pepsi fan and she is not. And while I don't drink too much of it at some point there's a need to replensih resouces. So my total reflects the purchase of 4 twelve can packs of diet pepesi on sale for $3 each. Where a purchase of at least 4 was required to obtain the sale price. So $12 of the 24 was overpriced beverage. Other than that, you can clearly see the meat eater's grocery bill is substantially more. 

My documentation lacks specific food choices. Which I plan to rectify.

I mostly buy romaine, broccoli and beans. Cheese sometimes. When it's on sale.

She's more interested in pre-cooked chicken, frozen chicken, crab cakes and yogurt.

My food purchases for the week are usually canned beans, cheese, lettuce, garlic, broccoli and corn. It's summer... so I try to grab what is local and fresh and cheap.

Her food purchases are generally yogurt, almond milk, cereal and store cooked rotisserie chicken or frozen processsed chicken. 

In the future I shall endeavor to document the specifics more thoroughtly.

But I think it's obvious veg is easier on both the environmnent and the budget.