Vegan Buffalo Meatballs

I’m hoping this is my last blog post.

At least for a little while, you can’t get rid of me completely, idiots!

Our little girl is due on Sunday! And despite me being convinced this entire month she was coming early, she is really making us work for it.

I started maternity leave this week and am just soaking up this quiet time before the imminent chaos. I should probably keep reading our baby book or watching YouTube videos about how to actually care for this child. Instead, I keep finding random things to clean. Today, for instance, I cleaned out the refrigerator and then pulled up all of the air vents & cleaned their insides, too. Oh, then I magic erased some walls. Very productive, if I do say so myself.

I may not know how to care for this child, but at least she has a clean place to come home to!

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2 dozen meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, riced
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. of flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of buffalo sauce
  • Greens, for serving

How to:

  • In a small bowl, combine flaxseed meal + 6 tbsp. of water, mix + set aside for a few minutes
  • In a bowl, combine cauliflower + quinoa + cilantro + flour + breadcrumbs + flax eggs + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Form mixture into about a dozen meatballs + fry up on all sides
  • Repeat with remaining oil + meatballs
  • Place in a dish + douse in buffalo sauce
  • Serve atop your greens
  • Allow this to count as your workout for the day with the amount of sweating you’re bound to do

Meatballs adapted from here!

Chickpea Dumplings

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I like being spoiled.

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Not just with lil treats and happies, but with my reality television show endings.

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I need spoilers to survive this cruel & unusual world.

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Specifically, I have to know The Bachelor/ette spoilers or I can hardly watch the show. I don’t want to be surprised, I don’t want a plot twist. I want to know what I’m getting into. This is why before every season I stalk the blogs until I discover the ending and every twist and turn leading up to it. I’m prepared, I’m ready. I am usually the go-to in my friend group for Bach news. (I have very little joy, leave me be.) For SOME reason I cannot comprehend, my sources don’t have the dirt this season. They speculate, but no one KNOWS how this season ends. It’s driving me absolutely bonkers. How am I just supposed to WATCH the show for the next four weeks and not know who he picks and will ultimately break up with in 3-4 months? Who do you think I am?

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In my next life, I hope I’m one of those kewl, enlightened girls who couldn’t be bothered with the trash fire that is reality television.

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 4 cups of spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. of curry powder
  • 2 tsp. of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of ground mustard
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a food processor, pulse chickpeas until broken down
  • In a bowl, combine chickpeas + breadcrumbs + 1/2 cup of spinach + 1/2 the oil + yogurt + jalapeno + S+P
  • Shape into lil dumplings + arrange on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Refrigerate while you work on the rest
  • Heat remaining olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat
  • Add ginger + curry powder + coriander + cumin + mustard, cook about a minute, stirring constantly
  • Add tomatoes + tomato sauce, bring to a simmer
  • Add remaining spinach + S+P, cook 1-2 minutes
  • Nestle dumplings into the skillet, cover + cook for 20 minutes, turning dumplings a couple of times
  • Praise the good Lord above for giving you a warm bowl of grub to devour + dig in, hunny

 

Adapted from here!

Black Bean + Soyrizo Meatball Tacos

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3 years of marriage. Be honest, where has the time gone?!?!?!!

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Just yesterday, wasn’t I watching episodes of Arthur and purchasing my underwear based on the cartoon characters featured?!

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Don’t answer that.

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In my 3 years of being wifed up, I have gained invaluable life lessons. Like, always stock extra toilet paper in the house. Cuddling on the couch while he scrolls memes and I look at food pix can actually be intimate. He would just as easily live out of the clothes hamper, but does appreciate when I fold his underpants for him – it’s the little things. Preparing his lunch for the next day is therapeutic and reminds me I eat too many carbs. Compromise is essential – I get 1 hour of Food Network and he gets 1 hour of the Military channel, and we pretend to show interest in the other’s TV time.

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We’d totally win an episode of The Newlywed Game.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 20-24 meatballs / 10-12 tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 package of soyrizo, browned
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped + more for serving
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of vegan butter
  • Corn tortillas, for serving
  • Red cabbage, for serving
  • Pico, for serving
  • Avocado, for serving
  • Sriracha, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

 

How to:

  • In a bowl, mash black beans
  • Mix onion + breadcrumbs + cilantro + chili powder + cumin + smoked paprika + S+P, combine well
  • Stir in browned soyrizo + combine well
  • Heat butter + 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Form mixture into balls + place in hot skillet, cook each ball for 3-4 minutes, tossing to brown on each side. If needed, add remaining oil to your skillet
  • To serve, place 2 meatballs on a corn tortilla + top with cabbage + pico + avocado + sriracha + more cilantro
  • Go ahead and put Meatball Tacos Anonymous on speed dial now, cause you bout to be addicted