Here in Canada we essentially have two seasons: Winter and Not-Winter. They are approximately the same length of time, except not-winter can be further divided into spring, summer and fall.
Okay, so maybe the Not-Winter months technically take up more of the calendar year than actual Winter, but it never feels that way. Plus, it's not entirely unheard of for snow to fall in May around these parts. Or October, for that matter, meaning that Mother Nature typically has her own plans, and they don't necessarily coincide with the chronological seasons.
That being said, when you get a nice day here in Ontario you better do something productive with it. If you're lucky, you just get out there and enjoy it in some way. But for those of us that are home owners, the first Not-Winter days are used to start yearly outdoor projects. It's best to get a jump on these tedious monstrosities because before you know it that damn snow starts falling again.
We are currently in this "work on the house" stage and are eagerly awaiting the "enjoy it" phase of Not-Winter. Meaning that over the past couple of weeks, after-work but still-daylight hours have been reserved for working in the yard.
This has also meant that in order to avoid 11pm dinner times I have needed to have some quick and easy meals on hand for when the sun finally did go down.
Vegan Express has been my armor against the temptations of fast food restaurants on these particularly busy spring evenings. At 30 minutes per recipe, these meals take just about the same amount of time as hopping in the car and hitting the drive thru and thus this cookbok has taken away my only excuse for consuming highly questionable deep-fried items.
These quesadillas were my particular favourite from last week. Salsa, black beans, portobello mushrooms, broccoli and some spices (a lot of spices, in our case). I also had an avocado that was quickly approaching its twilight so I smeared it on each tortilla before filling them according to the recipe.
Look at that. So simple that I'm kind of embarrassed that I didn't think of it myself. And these quesadillas pass the "leftovers" test, as they warmed up quite nicely in the microwave at lunchtime the following day.
The good news is that we are making substantial progress on our backyard project, so there will be a return to my regularly scheduled kitchen adventures soon.