This is a good one – baked meatballs are quick to make and last in the fridge for days – a great meal prep component or emergency snack to keep on hand.
gluten-free, paleo, low carb
Middle Eastern Spiced Meatballs
1 lb. ground chicken
3 Tbsp. zaatar
1/4 c. slivered pistachios
2 tsp. sumac or lemon powder
1 small onion, grated
4 cloves garlic, grated
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1 Tbsp. water
Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 200C/375F. Prepare a baking sheet.
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix with your hands to combine.
Form into meatballs and bake 15 minutes.
Makes enough for 4 servings
Bonus Recipe: A quick side salad to go with
2 cucumbers, cut into small moons
15 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 Tbsp. green onions, minced
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/4 c. parsley, chopped
Hand full of olives, sliced thin
Hand full of your favorite salty cheese (I used an aged provolone tasting vegan cheese)
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. your favorite mustard (I used Dijon)
1 Tbsp. zaatar
Salt & pepper
Whisk together all ingredients from the olive oil down. Pour over the rest.
Salad serves 2-3
Everything But The Bagel Seasoning is on it’s way out of the zeitgeist, but I’m behind the times. EBB seasoning has been causing a stir as of late where I live, with warnings going out left and right to not try and smuggle illegal items into the country while coming back from your Summer vacations.
Where I live, poppy seeds are illegal. I thought this had something to do with them not being halal, but according to Islamweb.net, they are fine to consume as food. The Global Arabic Encyclopedia says that the seeds have no narcotic properties, and are fine for both human and livestock consumption. [Source]
No idea why they’re illegal where I live, but they most certainly are.
In a 2019 bulletin, they were still on the banned import list.
“All Types of Papaver or Opium poppy seeds with or without mixing with other substances and all foodstuff include Papaver or Opium poppy seeds as ingredient.” The reason given was “Precautionary measure due to possibility of non-food prohibited use.” [Source]
Which is a total bummer, since I’ve been dying to get my hands on an EBB seasoned avocado toast (I know, stick me in Uggs and gimme a PSL at Target).
I was not about to risk going to jail for a seasoning, so I indulged during my trip to the US and then made plans to make my own when I got home.
I’m glad I did. Yum. I remember liking EBB seasoning on bagels, but it’s a nice way to dress up an otherwise pretty plain breakfast (unless you top it with Tajin, that is – my other go-to).
gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan
Legal Everything But The Bagel Seasoning Avo Brekkie
2 Tbsp. granulated onion (chunky dried onion)
2 Tbsp. granulated garlic (chunky dried garlic)
1 Tbsp. black sesame or nigella seeds
1 Tbsp. white sesame seeds
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 tsp. flaky salt
2 tsp. oil
1/2 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3-1/2 c. frozen spinach
Dusting smoked paprika
Salt & pepper
1 small avocado
2 slices toast
Heat the oil in a pan over medium. Sauté the shallot and garlic until soft. Add the spinach, and let go a minute or two to start thawing.
Add a couple dashes of water to steam the rest of the spinach thaw.
When thaw, add the spices and stir. Let cook a minute more to combine. Hit with salt & pepper.
To serve, mash the avocado lightly and spread in a thick layer on the toast. Add the spinach and sprinkle the whole thing liberally with the EBB Seasoning. Add a little more flake salt to the top. Enjoy.
Breakfast serves 1; the seasoning makes extra