Thursday, September 18, 2008

Quesadillas and Lima Beans

I know, weird combination ... but I didn't eat them together. In fact, I haven't eaten any of the lima beans yet. On Tuesday morning before work, I picked one-fourth of a bushel of organic limas at the pick-your-own Windmere Farms in Raleigh. Damn, that's a lot of work! But here are the fruits of my labor:

It took about an hour and a half to fill up my small basket. And then the suckers had to be shelled. I'm still working on that, but I've shelled (and frozen for the winter) about half my haul. I plan to finish up shelling on Saturday morning.

Tonight, I whipped up some "Chicken" Queso-Less Dillas (that's what I like to call vegan quesadillas):

I sauteed some Morningstar Farms faux chicken strips with a mixture of water, nooch, soy sauce, chili powder, and garlic. Then I spread that over a whole wheat spinach tortilla, along with some salsa and shredded Teese. I topped the tortilla with another tortilla and heated it up in a dry skillet for a few minutes.

Yum! Melty, Teesy goodness! Unfortunately, my neighbor's water pipe broke this afternoon and the utility company shut my water off. Since the place is being foreclosed, our rental company won't fix anything, so now we're trying to figure out how to get his pipe fixed and our water back on. That meant I couldn't wash my Teesy, nasty dishes tonight. Nor can I shower. Ick.

UPDATE (9/19/08): My neighbor Wes called me to tell me the water has been repaired! Yea!

23 comments:

Cyn said...

Oh no! Being without water sucks. Your queso-less dilla looks delish, though. Usually I just make mine with refried beans, I'll have to try with nooch cheesy sauce.

River said...

Love the queso-less dilla! I hope you get your water back soon!

shelby said...

Aww I'm sorry about the water...but at least you have those amazing looking queso-less dillas to cheer you up, I know they would do the same for me. I am going to try this recipe soon, I have a craving for mexican. Do you think it would be good w/out Teese?

VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, gorgeous lima beans and quesadillas!!

Eeek, I hope that you get your water back a.s.a.p.!!! Hang in there!!!

twoveganboys said...

Slumlords are the worse. Hope you get moved soon. The quesadillas look terrific. Have a great weekend.

Krys

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

How fun that you got to pick your own lima beans! Too cool! I really need to hit up a You-Pick next year, I really do.

What a bummer about the water! I hope that they get that fixed soon.

jelymo said...

i'm sorry about the water situation, but am happy about your no-queso success.

shellyfish said...

Oh dillas sin queso! I was just commenting one someone's sillas sin queso... there must be something in the air, I think I'll need to make some soon!
I hope you get your water fixed - we couldn't take showers for a week after a H2O problem and it was the biggest pain ever!

funwithyourfood said...

AH no water?! that's terrible. But i dont' like doing dishes anyway so what a grat excuse not to do them :)

Teddy

jennycestcake said...

Oh, man!!! I feel so badly for you! No water trumps no electricity hands down! I hope you get something figured out fast. I could go a couple of days without a shower, but dirty dishes in the sink would kill me!

jessy said...

boo to your crappy landlord! glad you're moving out soon, Bianca!

that quesadilla made me wish i had that for lunch instead. mmmmmmmmm! it looked cheezy and wonderful and GLORIOUS!

the lima beans are so pretty! that's bad ass you're shuck'n 'em yourself!

hells yeah!

GEORGE ALAN FRAMPTON said...

I just came across your blog and have bookmarked it. Being north of the border, we don't get a lot of southern food, but I've always loved what Ive had. Can't wait for your cookbook to come out.

Happy to hear your water is back on.

Allison said...

Haha I love the "Queso-less Dilla" title! You're making me crave them now...good thing it's dinner time ;0) Yay for your water being fixed! Dirty dishes in the sink drive me crazy!

ladyliriel said...

That sucks about the water, but glad it was working again quickly.

Sorry I missed all of the tasty recipes lately =( I have so much cooking to catch up on....

Quesadillas are sounding really good right now though....

mad about udon said...

Pick your own beans? Awesome! The quesadillas look yummy.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

what a great idea to add faux chikn to the quesadilla for some extra protein! It really looks great.

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

Yum! Your queso-less dilla looks great. I'm very impressed with your lima beans, picking them seems like hard work. Can't wait to see what you do with them!

Nikki Douglas said...

You gotta love that teese.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Me want quesadillas!!!

seitanismymotor said...

Really sorry about the water :(
These quesadillas look like a dream come true. Awesome!
Kudos on picking your own beans AND shelling them.

Shenandoah Vegan said...

Picking beans really makes you appreciate buying them in a store!

Sheridanna said...

My goodness! You definitely need to get out of there ASAP! I wonder how your landlord could be so late on so many payments, when he's been receiving rent from 4 tenants every month? Can't you sue him or something?

Anyway, the queso-less dillas look scrumptious! I like that word...scrumptious? Did I spell it right?

Theresa said...

I love the look of your quesadillas. Yum!

Weet bix are kind of like shredded wheat cereal, but a different texture. They take whole wheat kernels, steam them and roll them into thin flakes, then press a bunch together into little bricks. They're healthy and flavourless, but I like to mix them with meusli or cornflakes for breakfast. They also make great crumbs for things like that seitan or chickpea cutlets.