You’re wondering how sustainable living is one of the crucial steps to achieving goals. It’s simple. And I will explain exactly how adopting a sustainable lifestyle is the easiest way to ensure all of the steps to achieving your goals are harmonized and therefore reinforced. I’m going to show you how sustainable living is key to making your goals a reality with as little effort as possible. This article is about how to use nature’s law of sustainability to capitalize on balance — and let sustainable living be the raft that floats your goals down the path of least resistance to the ocean of your fulfillment.
The anti-inflammatory — superfood powerhouse — benefits of turmeric tea can now be turned into wine! This has to be one of my proudest health hacks to date. If there’s anything I love more than mixing health & pleasure, I can’t think of what it is. When I started making healthy (low carb) alcoholic ciders, I was enamoured by the world of holistic health possibilities I’d coupled with fun fun fun! You too can make a sparkling alcoholic turmeric drink, from fresh turmeric tea, and reap all of the incredible health benefits of turmeric and the gut healthy probiotics of natural wine (with none of the chemicals responsible for hangovers — WIN).
Do you ever feel the need to just begin afresh, start anew? I do. All the time! That’s why this minimalist DIY body scrub is one of my favourites for ECO friendly self-care. I’m big on exfoliation. You should be too. It not only strips away dead skin cells (and helps to clean out pores), it also improves lymphatic drainage and allows you skin to breathe, meaning it can do its job eliminating and detoxifying the body better.
A good exfoliation routine can be game changer supporting healthy skin, but it can also be a major uplift on a day you just need to hit reset and get a fresh start!
I came up with this recipe for high protein vegan meatballs when a very ‘helpful’ friend soaked enough beans for me to feed 20 people! These are great frozen (they stay moist) so I went with it. They’re crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. I’d normally make a brown rice & bean mixture, but we had so many beans—I cut out the rice, added a little oats for binding, and experimented with a nearly all-bean recipe.
The outcome was delicious! To say the least. But I still had a full meal’s worth of bean & oat mixture! So I took the recipe one step further and made vegan meatballs by shaping then sautéing the mixture. They were even better than the cabbage rolls…! Crispy on the outside, soft & warm on the inside—the were delectable.
Vegan Meatballs Recipe:
I never really measure anything. Even when baking bread (it’s turned out not-so-well on occasion). I watched too much Urban Peasant when I was a kid. He just threw everything together by measurements of fistfuls & pinches. So I’m going to say, go by taste with this one.
Cooked beans (I used pinto)
Oats (just enough to soak up the moisture)
Sesame oil (optional)
Braggs (or soy sauce)
Chilli paste or sauce of your choice (I used Indonesian sambal olek)
- Cook the beans in salted boiling water. I actually kind of over-cooked them to the point where they were splitting. I feel that this added to the softness of my dough, but undercooking will add to the binding capacity of the end product.
Tip: for vegan meatballs you can simmer in a sauce, try undercooking the beans & preparing the batter in a blender before adding the oats. You will probably be better off not chilling the beans before.
2. Strain & chill the beans a bit under some cold running water. You’ll want them a bit warm still so you can smash them up a bit. Add all of your chopped up stuff along with a bit of oats to bind the mixture together and work it with your hands (just like meat meatballs). Break up some of the beans to make it a sort of half bean half mush blend.
3. Form into balls and drop into a pan with quite a thick splatter of hot oil lining it. Turn gently until browned all around.
Tip: one of the most overlooked aspects in vegan cooking is making up for the fat loss when cutting out 100% of animal fat from the meal. Don’t be shy with frying food, or drizzling good oils onto cooked food (you can safely do this with any oil—even oil you keep in the fridge will be fine on hot food—you just can’t cook the ones that degenerate with heat). Vegans love french fries for a reason (and it’s not just because that’s all we can eat on most menus) when you cut out meat and dairy there is a whole whack of fat you lose from your diet. Making sure these factors are substituted in vegan cooking is a sure way to make the diet satisfying for you longterm, but also for your friends & family who you’d love to enjoy your food too.
They can be eaten on sandwiches, with potatoes or rice, or served on their own—they go great with ketchup for the kids (think shepherd’s pie feel) or mix some chilli sauce into the red stuff for more mature tastes. You can absolutely eat them with pasta, just drizzle tomato sauce on top of them or even shape them into patties for burgers. I love bringing snacks like these camping, because they’re good hot or cold.
Hope you enjoy your gluten-free, high protein, homemade vegan meatballs as much as I did! Peace & so much LL.
HOT off the VLOG