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.

Microwave Madness

I don't microwave anything. The sole exception being Chinese takeout. Which I try not to indulge in very often.

A while back I read some things on the internet about how bad microwaving is for food and nutrients. And while those statements are dubious at best. There's no conclusive evidence regarding microwave heating diminishing the vitamin and minerals in food. What I learned from it is that food tastes better no reheated in that way.

My family think I'm crazy eating all my leftovers cold from the fridge. And in turn, I think they're crazy zapping everything into taste oblivion.

There's a down side. I tend to enjoy my food way too much.

When I was younger there was no such thing as the microwave. If you wanted to reheat your leftovers you had to turn on the oven and wait. It wasn't until my early teens that the microwave oven became popular and affordable to the average person.

When it did most of America fell in love with the convenience. I think convenience has and always will be our downfall. We sacrifice so much for it.

Convenience foods created the obesity epidemic. And so many of our health issues. Full of salt and chemicals and fats. Mostly unnuatural fats. Convenience foods destroyed our health and our appreciation of real food.

Nowadays I do eat convenience foods in moderation. 90% fresh or frozen veggies and beans. 10% of the easy stuff. I don't use the microwave at all. I've really learned to love food cold from the chill chest. So much more flavor than when it's been nuked. Only trouble is it tastes too good.

It's an aquired taste. One time won't do the trick. But it's worth the effort.

The downside is you might start to enjoy your food a little too much.