It's possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don't prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry's regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money. This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit. Prepare Before You Begin Trading Because the Forex market is highly leveraged -- as much as 50 to 1 -- it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn't trading; it's gambling, with the odds long against you. A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you're trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market. Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading. The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time. All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg's book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it's widely available in public libraries. "Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude," by Mark Douglas is another good book that's available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not. Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket. Diversify and Limit Your Risks Two strategies that belong in every trader's arsenal are: Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea. Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it's even more important to understand how to limit your losses. Be Patient Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies. In "On Any Given Sunday," Al Pacino reminds us that "football is a game of inches." That's a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

Vegan Eggplant & Chickpea Meatballs

Not only are these eggplant meatballs oil-free and low in fat, they are also packed with plant-protein from the chickpeas and tempeh! These are perfect for kids, adults, friends, family…anyone you want to share these precious little bites with!


You can serve these eggplant meatballs atop spaghetti and marinara , as appetizers with a toothpick and a drizzle of marinara, in minestrone soup, in a salad…the list just goes on and on!

Vegan Eggplant & Chickpea Meatballs {Oil-Free} Recipe



INGREDIENTS

  • 1 chia egg (1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1 1/3 cups white onion, diced
  • 1 rib celery, diced small (about 1/3 cup, optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 unpeeled eggplant, diced into about 1/2-1″ cubes (about 10.5-11 cups diced)*
  • 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1/3 cup parsley, chopped and loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup tempeh bacon (I used 4 slices of Light Life)*
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4-1/3 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2-3/4 cups vegetable broth, as needed

To serve

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Marinara of choice (or a raw vegan marinara)


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Make the chia egg by mixing the chia seeds and water together in a small bowl, and set aside to thicken for about 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F on convection*. Line 2-3 large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water in a large pan over medium heat. Once heated, add in the onions, garlic and celery, and cook until translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes (adding more broth as needed to prevent burning). Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. In the same pan, add another 1/2 cup more water or broth with the eggplant. Cook, stirring often, until it is soft, about 10 to 12 minutes. If needed, cook in two batches and add more broth to prevent burning.
  5. Once cooked, add to the large bowl along with the garbanzo beans, parsley, tempeh, oats, and basil. Mix until uniform, then place into a food processor in two batches and pulse until chopped and combined but NOT pureed. If needed, you can pulse and also mash down with a fork later on in the bowl to prevent a purée consistency.
  6. Place all of the mixture back into the large bowl and add in the remaining ingredients. Adjust salt to taste, then roll into 30-35 meatballs, about 1-inch in diameter. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet(s) and bake until firm and browned, about 20-24 minutes.
  7. Serve warm with marinara and pasta or zucchini noodles or even make a meatball sub in a roll with vegan cheese.

NOTES
  • You may have to cook the eggplant in two batches. Please note that the eggplant will cook down a bit.
  • This recipe was tested using a convection oven. For a regular oven, set the temperature to 400°F and bake for about 25-30 minutes, cooking until firm and browned. I haven’t tested it this way and can’t guarantee the results but I am confident in a positive outcome.
  • If you can’t get your hands on tempeh bacon, add in 1/2 tsp liquid smoke + sub in 1/4 cup more bread crumbs or oats — I haven’t tested this yet so I can’t guarantee the results.

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