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!

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

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Do you ever have those times in life when so much is happening at once and if you don’t laugh at all of the things going wrong you will actually crumple into a ball and completely lose your mind?

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Hi, it me.

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Ya girl has been in and out of the hospital over the last two weeks with appointments and tests and a big barrel of melodrama. All is fine but I can say with great confidence which hospital restrooms reign supreme – first floor second set on the left – and there is popcorn on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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The off-brand maraschino cherry on top of my radical few weeks: On the way to my most recent appointment, I’m cruising along, listening to some good tuneage, daydreaming about my to-do list when BAH BOOM pot hole. I hit that thing so hard it about knocked me into a tree. I’m swerving trying to get my act together when I hear this heinous sound. I pull over just to catch my breath and look at the car. What do ya know? I successfully popped a tire! Being the modern woman I am, I have always MEANT to learn how to change my own tire, but for some reason, kept finding 8 million better things to do with my time. So there I sat. Waiting for my knight in overalls to show up in his steed of a pickup truck.

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I still can’t decide if I’m uber grateful or disappointed not one person stopped and offered to help. Am I that off putting even from afar?

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of uncooked black eyed peas (soaked overnight)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 serrano pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of flax milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of agave
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2 chipotles in adobo + 1 tbsp. of the adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 lime
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Rinse soaked beans + add to a pot
  • Fill with water + bring to a boil, cook for 25-30 minutes
  • In a large bowl, combine onion + peppers + tomatoes + cilantro + S+P, set aside
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine milk + lemon juice + apple cider vinegar + agave + garlic + chipotles + adobo sauce + olive oil + cumin + a lil S+P, process until smooth + runny like a dressing
  • Drain peas + add to veggie bowl + top with dressing (or let peeps serve themselves) + squeeze lime juice over
  • Serve warm or cold, whatever your prerogative baby
  • Use mouth as vacuum to suck all of this up

 

Chilled Corn Soup

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Were you all aware that I look absolutely adorable driving a sports car?

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I’m not tooting my own (car) horn or anything (get it?), but I think it’s true. It might have something to do with the tinted windows and the fact you can’t tell who is actually driving, but I digress.

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For the last week, I’ve been driving around my dad’s 2017 electric blue Mustang GT California Special.

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I know what you’re thinking, “EWW mustangs are gross!” Under normal circumstances, I totally agree, but you haven’t seen me behind the wheel of one! I fit like a glove! Also, my dad has this terribly obnoxious kit on the car that makes it sound like you’re driving a jet down the road, it’s so fetch. I just felt alive! Like, I can go so fast and it is so loud and everyone turns to look at me and is like umm how did an idiot like you afford this car and I just smile with all of my teeth and give them a big thumbs up.

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But like it’s an actual boat and ya girl had some slight difficulty in the parking department.

 

 

Time: 2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn, shucked + save the cobs
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh ginger, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 white potato, diced
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of turmeric
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Sriracha, for serving

How to:

  • In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add ginger + garlic, cook another minute
  • Add jalapeno, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Add corn kernels + potato + coconut milk + 1 cup of milk + turmeric + S+P, stir to coat
  • Add corn cobs, bring to a boil, reduce heat + simmer for 25-30 minutes
  • Remove corn cobs
  • Turn off heat + stir in lime juice
  • Using an immersion, blend soup until smooth
  • Taste + add some more S+P, if you’d like
  • Put in the fridge for a couple of hourse
  • Serve cold with cilantro + some sriracha if you like a lil heat
  • Pour some soup into a glass + serve to sweetie + tell him it’s a banana smoothie

 

Adapted from here!