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Meatless Monday with Vegan Matzo Ball Vegetable Soup (Gluten-Free Option)

Welcome to the Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

Soups are a great meal in the colder months and a matzo ball soup is a traditional comfort food that will satisfy vegans and omnivores alike. That is why today we’re sharing with you a vegan matzo ball vegetable soup recipe that can even be made gluten free. This great recipe idea comes from Jennifer Strohmeyer via One Green Planet, an amazing resource for all things vegan.

INGREDIENTS (serves 8)

For the vegetable soupmeatless monday vegan matzo ball soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or other healthy vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 32-ounce carton vegetable broth
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and finely diced
  • 6 to 8 medium carrots, sliced
  • Handful of celery leaves
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning blend, or use a Kosher for Passover brand
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, or to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the vegan matzo balls

  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup matzo meal (see gluten-free variation, below)
  • 1/4 cup light vegetable oil (such as safflower)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • A few grindings of black pepper
  • Pinch of onion and garlic powder, optional

PREPARATION

For the vegetable soup

  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add the onion and celery and sauté over medium heat until golden
  2. Add the broth, potato, carrots, celery leaves, seasoning blend, and 2 cups water. Bring to a rapid simmer, then cover and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in the dill, then season with salt and pepper. If time allows, let the soup stand for several hours off the heat to develop flavor. It can also be made a day in advance.
  4. Just before serving, bring to a simmer. Adjust consistency with more water if needed be, and taste to adjust seasonings. Add warmed matzo balls to individual servings of soup.

For the vegan matzo balls

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cover quinoa flakes with the water. Let stand for 2 or 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in the matzo meal along with the oil, and mix until well blended. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Just before baking, preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  4. Roll the matzo meal mixture into approximately 1 -inch balls; don’t pack them too firmly. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, carefully turning matzo balls after 10 minutes, until firm to the touch; don’t let them brown.
  6. If making ahead of time, let the matzo balls cool completely. then cover until needed. Warm them briefly in a medium oven and distribute them among the soup bowls, allowing 3 or 4 matzo balls per serving.

Gluten-Free Option:

  • Substitute 1 1/4 cups quinoa flakes for the matzo meal. Don’t add them to the original quantity of quinoa flakes; this is a separate measure to use dry. A bit more is needed than the quantity of matzo meal for the purpose, as the quinoa flakes are less dense.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

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