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.

Meat Selection

I wish someone could explain to me people's mentality toward animals. It completely baffles me. There are certain animals that are pets. Dogs and cats the most notable. These animals should not be harmed and should be treated with respect. These animals actually have laws in place to protect them. That's wonderful. I like dogs and cats and don't want to see them harmed.

But how do other animals wind up with the bum rap of being abused, tortured and eaten and no one thinks twice? What did cows ever do to us? Or chickens either?

All around the world people proclaim themselves "animal lovers" and champion the rights of pit bulls and stray cats. yet those same people have no problem at all with the fact that thousands upon thousands of food animals are mercilessly abused and slaughtered daily so that they can have hamburgers and chicken fingers.

What's most baffling is the selection process. How did dogs and cats get so lucky. Both of which would eat us if they were hungry enough. While the gentle cow, who would never eat a person is badly mistreated daily and no one cares.

I don't understand the logic. It makes sense to be upset that there are puppy mills and dog fights. That I understand. But if that upsets you, why doesn't cow suffering and pig suffering and chicken suffering bother you as well?

The weirdest part is that some animals are both pets and food. Rabbits and pigs being the most common.

And ducks. How do people eat duck? They're adorable.

I guess the vast majority of the world lives in a perpetual state of delusion. They think they are humane and care about animals. But nothing could be further from the truth.