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.

Tofu Avocado Crema

avocado tofu crema
So my brother had a ripe avocado he couldn't use and he gave it to me. That was thoughtful of him. 

I don't generally buy avocados for myself. I don't like them plain, so I am forced to process them to enjoy them. But his gift inspired me. 

I decided to do an avocado crema, but using silken tofu. It's a flavor bomb and a nutrient bomb too. Tons of potassium and protein. 

It's super garlicky and creamy. You'll want to just eat it by the spoonful.

Now I'm back on the avocado bandwagon and want to make this again and again. 

It's really simple and comes together very quickly. 

1 ripe avocado
1/2 package silken firm tofu
5 cloves garlic peeled and destemmed
1 long hot pepper, chunked
1 tbl white vinegar
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cayenne
2 tsps oregano

Buzz it all up in your food processor until smooth.