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.

Veggie Vs Omnivore Food Purchases Week of September 2, 2013

Posted below are my latest food purchase tallies for vegetarian vs. omnivore shopping. The price of hummus drove up the cost of my veg shopping at $3 even with a dollar discount. But it's so worth it! Even so, my total still came in well under the omnivore's. On top of that I generously attributed all veggies purchases solely to my total even though she'll eat plenty of the corn, potatoes and frozen veggies.

I've also broken down the purchases by the various local grocery stores.

Shoprite
1.40 lb @ 1.29/lb Romaince Lettuce = $1.81
5 lb Bag Russet Potatoes = $2.99
Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus = $2.99
 Total = $7.79

Pathmark
12 oz Frozen Peas = $1.68
16 oz Frozen Cauliflower = $1.68
16 oz Frozen Chopped Broccoli = $1.68
8 oz Kraft Swiss Cheese Slices = $1.73
Fresh Garlic = $0.45
Fresh Jalapeno = $0.20
3 Ears Fresh Corn = $1.49
Total = $8.92
Grand Total = $16.71

A&P
Half and Half = $1.99
2 Black and White Cookies = $2.58
Total =$4.57

Pathmark
Cooked Rotisserie Chicken Breast = $1.69
8 Yoplait Yogurts = $3.12
8 oz Prepared Tossed Salad = $3.28
1 pint Fresh Blueberries = $2.98
1 Qt Almond Breeze Shelf Stable Milk = $2.69
2 Jelly Donuts = $1.30
8.9 oz Cheerios = $1.98
Big Bag of Lifesavers = $3.49
3 One Liter Seltzers = $0.96
Total = $21.49
Grand Total = $26.03

Difference = $9.32