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.

Lightlife Smart Patties Review

The new Lightlife brand Smart Patties are the best. The Best! I cannot get enough of them. I'm torn as to whether they're too processed or not. The ingredients seem pretty tame. But the taste is the bomb.

They are definitely expensive as far as I'm concerned. $5.50 for 4 patties in my neighborhood. Sadly for me, I'm willing to overpay because I love the taste so much. That frozen stuff ain't got nothing on the fresh varieties.

I've had both styles. The black bean and the quinoa. I think that I like the quinoa one slightly better. Which is surprising because I love black beans.

The first time I bit into one it took me back to my childhood and eating salisbury steak. Which was awesome.

The second time around it was like eating my mom's meatloaf as a kid, only not dry like my mom's meatloaf always was.

I don't even eat these things in sandwich form. I've contemplated using them in that application, but have yet to actually do so. I like how they taste so much so that I eat them straight up. Entirely plain. No bread. No condiments. I don't want to mask any of the flavor. I just break up with a fork and dig right in.

This has not been a paid endorsement. I have not been compensated in any way. It's just my honest opinion.