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.

Little Black Ducks

On my routine bicycle travels I often get to encounter some amazing wildlife. It's amazing to think that such an urbanized area can still be so rich with wilderness and fauna. I guess that's why they call us the garden state.

My most favorite by far is the little black ducks I was lucky enough to come across on the side of the road. They appeared to be a couple working together. They were just about as cute as you could ever hope to imagine.

It's not easy to photograph animals. They're easily frightened. But these little black ducks had no fear. They let me get very close. And they didn't care about the cars whizing by They just went about their duckly business as if I wasn't even there.

But they were as cute as can be. All feathery and fat as ducks tend to be. And waddling around together just the same as any old married couple of the human variety..

If it's wrong to eat dogs and cats, which it is, then it ought to be wrong to eat ducks too. They deserve better.