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.

Great Garlic Goodness

Do you love garlic? I mean, do you really love garlic? If you do, then this technique I'm about to share will become one of your all time favorites.

Do you have a microplane? Some people call it a zester. Whatever you call it doesn't matter. What matters is that you use this magnificent device on your garlic. A garlic press ain't got nothin' on this baby. You'll get crazy garlic flavor when you grate your garlic with this little gadget.

Just try it. Tell me you don't get the absolute most awesomest garlic flavor ever.

Just be careful. Don't grate your fingers in the process. Be certain to only grate the garlic and not yourself.

Also use this baby on your ginger root. And horseradish if you like that. And it's perfect for zesting citrus as well.

But you haven't really lived until you've had food with microplaned garlic in it.