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!