Bread Protein Balls Recipe

I love a good bread. It's absolutely one of my favorite things. Bread can deliver amazing flavor when done correctly. It can also provide exciting texture and plenty of protein.

The more you knead bread, the more gluten you create. Those already familiar with seitan know that wheat gluten is total protein.

When you add nutritional yeast, flax or other nuts/seeds,  now you have a bread that is also a complete protein.

In the interest of doing things a little differently, I decided to do little bread balls because I figured they would offer a unique textural experience to other forms of bread. I also figured they'd make a nice little snack size bite. They're easier to shape than a flat bread, can bake in the oven, and take much less time to cook than rolls or loaves. They're great for dipping into hummus too.

As you can see, they're very cute as well.

Bread Balls Dough Recipe
2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
3 tbls nutritional yeast
2 tbls ground flax seed

Mediterranean Rice

Do you have that leftover 1/3 jar of tomato sauce always hanging out in your fridge after you make a batch of pasta or ravioli? Don't want to waste it? Don't know what to do with it? This is an easy solution that also tastes great.

1/2 cup dry white rice
2 poblano peppers, diced
1/2 a jalapeno, minced
1/2 a serrano, minced
1/2 a habernero, minced
6 small cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup spinach
1/3-1/2 jar leftover tomato sauce
2/3 jar's worth water
1/4 cup red wine
1 tbl canola oil

Four different kinds of peppers turn ordinary jarred sauce into something special. A little wine goes a long way.

Add all peppers, rice, garlic, wine, oil, water, sauce to a large sauce pot. Cover. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer slowly for 15 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in spinach.