Israeli Vegan ‘Chicken’ Meatballs

Meatballs are a staple in every kitchen in Israel. Israelis love making everything they can into a meatball. One dish I really missed when going vegan was what in Hebrew is called ‘Yellow Meatballs.’ The sauce is yellow, cooked with the veggies you choose, and it can be served over rice or couscous. REAL couscous. Not ptitim, not ‘Israeli Couscous’ or Pearl Couscous or any of that other stuff. REAL couscous, made of semolina. A critical part of this recipe is Osem Chicken Consumme because it has a strong ‘chicken’ flavor but is parve and vegan! You can also use an alternative ‘chicken’ broth.

Serves: 4

What you’ll need…

For the meatballs:
1 pack of Beyond Ground Beef or Impossible
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1/2 of a medium/large onion, chopped
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
Pinch of salt & black pepper

For the sauce:
Veggies that you like. I chose 4 carrots and 5 mushrooms*
1/2 of a medium/large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp Osem Chicken Consumme**
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cup boiling water

Instructions:
1. Start by heating a medium and deep pan that will be deep and wide enough for the veggies and meatballs to not touch each other. Keep the temperature on low, add your chopped onions and garlic. Cover. If you’re cooking ‘tougher’ veggies like carrots, or potatoes, add them in now and cover the pan.
2. Put your meatball ingredients together in a bowl and mix. Feel free to mix with your hands. That’s the Israeli way;) Once the onions are translucent, add your meatballs. and cover again. Flip your meatballs over after 4 minutes so that they are nice and brown on at least two sides. Give the next side 4 minutes. Add all of the veggies you’re going to put in if you haven’t already. Add the cumin, turmeric, and Consumme to the pan, mix and cover.
3. Boil 1 1/2 cups of water in a kettle. Add the boiling water to the pan so that it covers the meatballs but doesn’t create a soup, mix and let it simmer for 6 minutes before serving.


Notes:
*Great veggies options include: potatoes, squash, green peas… Get creative! Use whatever veggies make your soul happy.
**Be careful with this ingredient! It can feel salty to some so I recommend not adding any more salt to your soup.


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