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

Pickled Cucumber Tomato and Celery Salad

A simple and refreshing summer salad full of texture and pop. Acidiic and sweet. Beautiful colors and flavors. This is a wonderful example of the great food that can happen when you simply wander through the store picking out the freshest produce, take it home and get creative.

4 stalks celery, sliced on the bias
1 large cucumber, cut into matchsticks
1 pint grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 large handful celery leaves, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 a jalapeno, minced

3 tbls olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup apple juice
3 tbls hot sauce
2 tsps thyme
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps salt

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss/stir to coat and combine. Chill at least 3 hours, preferably longer