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.

Low Calorie Deconstructed Apple Pie

I don't generally do desserts. It's easier to just have a piece of chocolate or buy a cookie. I do however, love apple pie. Unfortunately I can't eat too much of it. It's not really that good for you. And good apple pie is very hard to find. Mrs. Smith's just isn't what it used to be.

Anyway, I had the idea to just make the inside part, minus the crust. But I would also use way less sugar and fat.

I got a big bag of gala apples and a few limes. I began by creating acidulated water with one of the limes. Then I started to peel and slice my apples. Tossing the slices into the water so they wouldn't turn brown.

When I'd done 5 apples, I stopped and heated a 12 inch skillet. Add to that 1/3 cup water, 1/3 of my apples and a pinch of salt. Cook apples until tender. Then add cinnamon and 1 tsp butter. Cook 2-3 minutes more until liquid thickens. Remove from pan.

Return pan to heat and add another 1/3 cup water, 1/3 of apples and a pinch of salt. This time when I add the cinnamon and butter I also add a few dashes of hot sauce.

To my third batch of apples I add 1 tsp sugar.

Store them altogether. Stir to combine. Let sit overnight.

Stir again.

Crush ginger snaps or apple snaps or crispy oatmeal cookies into crumbs.

Spoon apples into a bowl. Top with crumbs. Stir and enjoy.