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.

Hummus Flatbread

I have a lot of hummus. They keep putting it on sale. Even though the grocery store is short of a lot of things, hummus is wonderfully abundant. I thought that it's creamy texture and high flavor content might make a good addition to bread.

What dedicated vegan doesn't love a fresh made bread? I practically live on the stuff.

Flatbread is so much simpler than a yeast bread. You can bang some out in no time at all.

Flatbread Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbls nutritional yeast
2 tbls ground flax seed
2 heaping tbls of your favorite flavor of hummus
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl salt
1 tbl garlic powder
2 tps aleppo pepper flakes
1/2 cup water

Cooking Oil Ingredients
1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced into, but still intact
1 tbl olive oil

Mix together bread ingredients into a loose dough. Knead with your hand to finish. Knead for a few minutes to get a smooth dough. Cover and set aside.

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet. Add garlic clove and fry it in the oil. Turn the garlic to brown on all sides. Remove garlic.

Tear off a piece of the dough and shape into a 3 inch ball. Use a tortilla press to flatten. I don't have one, so I folded the dough in a silicone baking mat and pressed it down with my hands. Flatten to 1/8 inch thickness.

Fry in the garlic oil until golden on both sides.

Enjoy after cooled for a few minutes.

Store leftovers in a container covered with a kitchen towel. Do not refrigerate. Do not store airtight.