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.

New to Me Vegan Burger

When I was in the supermarket the other day I stumbled upon a new offering in the frozen food section. Dr Praeger's Vegan Burgers. They caught my eye. I'm always on the hunt for new and interesting meat free fare. They were also on sale. And they were vegan. I'm always up for some egg free veggie burgers. There aren't nearly enough of those.

I sometimes make my own vegan black bean burgers with lime and peanut butter. While they taste really good, they are a lot of work.

The frozen sort are so much more convenient.

There were several flavor of Dr Praegers's. California, Bombay and one other I can't quite recall. The curry one intrigued me. I love some good curry. I'm Asian at heart. Usually I avoid frozen faux burgers. They are typically disappointing. But I tried the Bombay burgers. Just because of how much I love curry.

A good vegan or vegetarian knows that burger doesn't mean the same thing when you're meat free. and also doesn't care. Doesn't want it to mean the same.

I went into the prospect with low expectation Veggie burgers are convenient forms of protein. Rarely much more. But I was pleasantly surprised. The Bombay burger was quite tasty. I really enjoyed it. It had great texture. It was just the right amount of firm. With a little bit of crunch. It crisped and browned nicely in the frying pan. It had wonderful Indian inspired spices and flavors.

At first I tried crumbling it in my salad. But after tasting it on its own was sad that I'd done that.  all the great flavors were lost in the muddle of the mix. I used half that way. The other half I ate on its own. And really enjoyed it. A little bit of heat. A lot of spices. Spot on textures.

I paid $3.98 for a box of 4 Bombay burgers. And they taste great. Still I can't see spending $5.49 for the same. Which is the regular price. But if you are lazy and vegetarian or vegan, these are something to try. If you like Indian flavors. you''ll love the Bombay burger. they also feature very simple and natural ingredients. the California mentality is slowly making its way east. and it's a good thing.

In case you're wondering, this was not a paid endorsement. I jsut tried to burgers and really enjoyed them.