Vegan Sweet + Sour Meatballs

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There are some days I just can’t adult.

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The weight of adulthood is just too much to bear sometimes. Bills, meetings, laundry, showering. It’s just TOO much.

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I need insight from seasoned adults here. How do you do it?? How do you get up everyday & be a human being? How many mental breakdowns are socially acceptable from year to year????

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Yesterday I woke up & just couldn’t adult. I’d been feeling sick for over a week & finally drove myself into a fever. So I rewarded myself by not being a human for a day. I was more like a dog. I curled up in fuzzy blankets & drooled on myself while binge-watching Grey’s all day. I really got a peek into Topanga’s day to day life. Man is she living.

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Wish me luck as I attempt yet another day as an adult human being.




Time: 50 miuntes (prep + cooking) | Serves: About 24 meatballs


  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. of ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. of vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • Plenty of S+P

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Add onion + black beans + chickpeas + S+P to a food processor + combine until smooth but not liquidy
  • Stir is quinoa + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Form into balls + arrange on a lined baking sheet
  • Bake 25 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, combine pineapple juice + coconut milk + ketchup + soy sauce + vinegar + cornstarch + brown sugar + bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat + let simmer until it thickens
  • Drizzle sauce over cooked meatballs + serve hot
  • Pour leftover sweet + sour sauce on body

Idea came from here!


44 thoughts on “Vegan Sweet + Sour Meatballs

  1. budgiesntiels says:

    When being an adult is just too much, I take the day for myself, bake, cook, rent a movie, read something by my favorite author. Don’t worry adulthood will still be there when you feel better. Julie


  2. captainwoods says:

    This looks delicious. You’re a genius. Taking days off is good. Get in touch with that quiet place inside you when the room starts to spin. Meditation is a good place to start. “As they say, don’t sweat the small stuff.” And in fact, it’s all small stuff, isn’t it?


  3. ryehumour says:

    These look and sound delicious.

    I got up yesterday with a whole list of things I intended to do, and instead I read the entirety of the first Hunger Games book (how did I miss this until now??)… so you’re not alone on that front.


    • Rachel says:

      The sauce maddddde it. Modern Family is on my list of things to binge. Gotta get through Grey’s, The Office & a possible re-watch of One Tree Hill. Then, Modern Fam is up!


  4. Chika Gujarathi says:

    when I was a kid I couldn’t wait to be an adult so that I could eat ice cream for breakfast or whenever and however much I wanted. Thanks for the reminder that I need to go buy ice cream! Where are my Priorities!?
    The recipe looks good. Will have to test it on a crowd without touting the health benefits and see if the flavor wins. Thanks for sharing.


  5. cmblackwood says:

    Now that’s gorgeous. I was a vegetarian, but not a vegan, for about a year, and I still love all this sort of stuff. I used to love going to Trader Joe’s (they’ve got all those great veggie foods), but alas, I’m too poor for Trader Joe’s. He he 🙂


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