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.

Waste Not

I have this idea to do a stock with onion skins and garlic skins. Then add peeled potatoes. and finish with some scallions and minced garlic cloves.

Was watching chopped and really took to heart how in one particular episode they utilized stuff we normally would discard.

I've made onion stock a few times and it's realy great. An easy way to impart lots of flavor to rice. I looked into it and garlic skins can be utilized in the same fashion.

Who knew all these years we wer throwing away so much great taste.

Some kind of smashed potato like creation is what I'm hoping to accomplish. And I just really love scallions. They taste great and hae a beautiful bright green color.

Those Idahoan packets of garlic mashes potatoes are really good, but I'd like to come up with something similar tasting yet much healthier. With far less sodium, but just as much punch. I'd also like to use the potato skins instead of discarding them. I'm thinking roast them in the oven and have a crispy garnish.

I think an onion/garlic broth my be just the right foundation for such an application. The potatoes would be likely to soak up all that flavor is they were peeled and simmered in it.

Am going to give it a try tomorrow. Will let you know how it turns out.

But regardless, never throw away your onion and garlic skins again. Steep them in some water.. They make awesome broth. Use it wherever you would normally add plain water.