I posted something on my Instagram a while ago about the Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel (EBTB) Sesame Seasoning and someone asked me what I use it on. I responded with eggs and avocado toast…which got me thinking that I probably haven’t used it to it’s full potential. Then I thought about what else I could do with it!!
Meatballs. Definitely meatballs.
I think meatballs are a great way to throw together a quick meal. It couldn’t be easier to mix some ingredients together in a bowl, right? Bonus is that they’re so small that they cook really fast. Meatballs are a great quick and easy protein option for a weeknight meal and are perfect for meal prep.
If you’ve had an everything bagel before then you’re familiar with the flavors of salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and sesame. The Traders Joe’s version is made from sesame seeds, sea salt flakes, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, black sesame seeds and poppy seeds – that’s it. And don’t worry if you don’t have a TJ’s near you. You can totally make your own. In fact, I didn’t have enough for testing this recipe so I whipped up a small batch of my own. Hint: You can also buy it on Amazon!
I actually found most of the ingredients at my local Target. Target carries a brand of spices called Badia that are specifically marked gluten-free; I’ve seen them located in the aisle with the Hispanic foods. The hardest individual spices to find might be the black sesame seeds and the sea salt flakes. I found the black sesame seeds at Hyvee (which is more of a midwest store, I believe). And I found the sea salt flakes at a little mom and pop shop near my house but I’ve also seen them at Whole Foods.
After I found all the spices I needed, then I just mixed 1 Tablespoon of each individual spice into a small bowl. Then I store the mixture in an old EBTB bottle I had. That’s it!! If you can’t find the sea salt flakes you can also use kosher salt, but just know that it will most likely sink to the bottom of the mixture. Just make sure you give the bottle a few good shakes before using it!
OK, on to the good stuff. How to make these “everything” meatballs! The are extremely simple to make. The ingredients are actually Whole30, along with gluten-free (duh) and I have a delicious drizzling sauce to put on top. Here is the super easy recipe:
Everything But The Bagel Chicken Meatballs
For the Meatballs
- 1 Pound Ground Chicken
- 1/4 Cup Almond Flour
- 3 Tablespoons Everything But The Bagel Seasoning Mix
- 1/4 Cup Dried Parsley
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil - + a little extra for drizzling before baking
For the Sauce
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Aminos or Tamari (Gluten-Free Soy Sauce
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1 Tablespoon Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
For the Meatballs
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix ground chicken, almond flour, Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, dried parsley, and olive oil together until well-combined.
- I like to use a medium-sized cookie scoop to make the meatballs the same size. Ground chicken can be kind of "slimy" so put a little bit of olive oil on your hands before rolling into balls so the mixture doesn't stick to your hands.
- Place raw meatballs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with just a little extra EBTB seasoning.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Turn meatballs over and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the Sauce
- Heat the coconut aminos/tamari/gluten-free soy sauce over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes to reduce slightly. Drizzle a teaspoon or two over meatballs before serving.
These meatballs would also be SUPER tasty served over some white rice or even pasta noodles!! While we’re talking about Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, here is another recipe for Everything Bagels I made using Chebe bread.
Everything But The Bagel can be used in so many ways. What’s your favorite way to enjoy it?