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.

The Right Way to Make a Bean Sandwich

There's seems to be a great discconect about bean sandwiches which pervades both society and the internet.

Most recipes either call for mashed fried cake versions or pureed into slurry stuffs.

Nothing could be further from the truth of it.

Think instead of the classic sloppy joe, but imagine it somewhat less sloppy. Think of your beans as a form of  'ground meat' and build your sandwich accordingly.

No pureeed gloopy mess. No fussing with mixing in bread crumbs, shaping and pan frying.

The key is hummus. Spread your bread with hummus, then lay on the plain rinsed canned beans. Any beans will do. Except garbanzos. They are too firm. But you can use black, red, kidney, lentil, pinto, etc. Or a mix of several kinds of beans.

Nestle your beans into the hummus in s single layer over the bread.. They will magically stick to the bread! Top with sliced onions, cheese, lettuce, kale, etc. Use your favorite sandwich toppings. Tomato, Jalapeno, Pickle. Whatever. This is a normal sandwich. Like any other. The only difference is there are beans where the meat used to go. Just like a real sandwich, only way better. Put on the lid and enjoy. The beans will  stay in the sandwich thanks to the adhesive properties of the hummus. Voila! A meaty sandwich without the meat.