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.

Sweet Corn and Chile Tofu Puree Vegan Recipe

I'm a fiend for tofu purees. It's such a great way to incorporate a big dose of protein into a few flavor packed spoonfuls. 

Silken tofu makes an ideal puree base. It blends up smoothly and adds that creamy mouth feel.

Any other flavors you pair with it, they take center stage and really shine. 

1/2 package silken firm tofu
2 tbls sunflower seeds, ground
7 cloves garlic, roasted
1 jalapeno, roasted
1 serrano, roasted
1 habanero, roasted
1/2 cup cooked corn niblets
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbl white vinegar
2 tsps salt

Roast the chiles and garlic in a foil packet in a 425 F oven for 30 minutes. Set aside

I used frozen corn. Cook in the microwave according to package directions

Grnid sunflower seeds in a spice/coffee grinder. You can skip this step, but the puree will not be as smooth.

De-stem an de-seed cooled chiles.

Add all ingredients to food processor and puree until smooth. .

Enjoy with anything that needs more flavor.