I know this sounds like an oxymoron but these Vegan Meatballs are yummmm! Even my veggie self-deprived hubby loves them.
I am trying to go vegan for three weeks while addressing some hormone imbalances.
So far, so good.
I am the only one in the household that is trying, so when it comes to dinner I gotta cook something tricky.
I was a vegan for a year after my final endometriosis surgery. I cut gluten and did low sugar.
I even took sugar out of my daily coffee.
(I impressed myself with that one.)
Sugar is a big craving for people with endometriosis.
I went a little hard core with my diet but it helped me to heel. I gradually started introducing food back in. That was years ago.
Now, I am mostly curious if I can pull off veganism again. I ain't gonna lie. I love food, all kinds, that includes bacon.....mmmm bacon.
But I am also very conscious of the hormone disruptors in meat and dairy. I am estrogen dominant and I am currently tackling it with some supplemental support and taking away meat, dairy and sugar for the most part. Gluten was already out of our diets due to the hubby being gluten sensitive.
So fun facts for you all. Here is a list of other items that mess with your hormones:
BPA-in canned food- especially with tomato which is an acid
Triclosan- in toothpastes and soaps
Oxybensone- in sunblock
Dioxine- mostly in meat, fish, milk, eggs and butter
Atrazine- in non organics mostly corn and unfiltered drinking water
Phthalates- in some plastics, fragrance- called “death-inducing signaling” in testicular cells... enough said
Perchlorate- in produce and milk- nearly impossible to avoid. Combat with iodine.
Fire Retardants- they are everywhere, whatcha gonna do?
Lead- little known fact, lead is stored in bone so when women have bone loss of any kind they may have an influx of lead coursing through their body
Arsenic- in unfiltered water, rice and juice concentrates- it is a natural occures in soil and ground water but we don't need a ton!
Mercury- in Silver Amalgam fillings, fish, and some adjuvants of vaccines- again it occurs naturally in nature but it loves to rest in fat cells...like your brain!
Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)- in non-stick cookware. Try a cast iron skillet, you can actually gain iron and less PFC.
Organophosohate Pesticides- in non organic produce. Was originally used by Nazis for chemical warfare... Thanks NAZIS!!!! 😲
Glycol Ethers- in paints and cleaning products
Don't get scared. Crap is all around us. We have to be diligent and minimize what we can. Read labels now and then.
Okay! Now that I have scared you all from ever going outside of your house again.
Here is my recipe:
One peeled and cubed Eggplant
One 6 ounce carton of Baby Bella Mushrooms- finely chopped
Once small Onion - finely chopped
1/2 cup Vegan "Bread Crumbs" (Chickpea Crumbs like Watusee)
1 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed- in place of egg
1 Tbsp EVOO
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Dried Oregano
1 Tsp Dried Parsley
Salt and Pepper
If going vegetarian:
Feel free to use regular bread crumbs or Panko
Add Parmesan if you are feeling dairing- get it? dairy...daring
Heat oven to 400℉
In medium pot, put cubed Eggplant in with an inch of water. Cook with lid until tender- 10 or so minutes. While eggplant cooks, heat a medium pan with EVOO. Cook your Onions with salt and pepper until soft. Add chopped Mushrooms.
When eggplant is soft, put in mesh strainer and drain out moisture.
When Onion/Mushroom mix is soft, put in mesh strainer and drain out moisture.
Put Egglplant into mixing bowl, mix in Ground Flaxseed, salt and pepper. Add cooked Onion/Mushroom mix. Add spices and Bread Crumbs to the flavor and consistency of your choosing.
Wet hands to form 1 inch balls. Place on oiled cooking tray. Cook for 20 minutes. Flip and cook for additional 10 min. They should be brown and crisp on the outside and moist on the inside.