My husband Mike is going meatless this Lent. Yes, you heard it hear first folks, Mike the Carnivore, has given up meat for the FULL 40 DAYS! God Bless him. My smart and lovely nutritionist Susan Moore, strongly advised that during Mike’s journey, and for the entire household, to ensure that we eat plenty of PROTEIN in other forms (eggs, seafood, plant protein, nuts, etc.). Normally, Mike would just supplement with peanut butter, his favorite second-tier food, but he gave that up for Lent too! Surely, the Lord is doing great things on Mike’s path to holiness! Amen!
Last night for an appetizer for Mike and a meal for me, I made meatless chicken stock soup with egg noodles. But I was secretly wishing that I add some yummy matzah balls with my soup! Mike’s coworker Debbie, shared her delicious Matzah Ball recipe with me this week. I promise to make it soon. I have sampled her soup before and begged for this recipe. Now I have it and plan to make it this weekend. In the meantime, enjoy Debbie’s “fool proof perfect matzah ball recipe.” Debbie recommends “going the extra mile and using real rendered chicken fat.” Here in Maryland, the Giant grocery store sells the chicken fat in little tubs in their freezer section.
My twist on this recipe, is to boil the matzah balls in chicken stock (two cartons), add either one shredded and cut carrot (you can use 1/4 c of whole baby carrots too) and dashes of onion powder and garlic powder. Add a zesty side salad with some cucumbers, tomatoes, shredded cheese, croutons and your favorite salad dressing. This soup is yummy enough and filling to eat as a meal or an appetizer. Serve it before the main course of baked salmon over jasmine rice with a pat of Kerry Gold Irish butter. Make and take a container of soup for your neighbor. I made some soup recently for my good friend and neighbor Shelly. She said enjoyed the soup so much, that she was willing to pay me to make her some more! Yes, please! Order up! This recipe would also be great to double and save in freezer-safe containers for an unexpected sick day or just to have a reserve meal at the ready.
Enjoy! Bon Appetit!
p.s. Usually, I keep several boxes of the famed Manischewitz Matzoh Ball soup in my pantry. They are also super easy and quick to make. Especially during Lent on Meatless Fridays or during Passover! You can never go wrong with Lotzah Matzah!