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

Red Wine Mushroom Sauce Noodles

This is an uncomplicated pasta  preparation that yields a lot of flavor from a humble array of ingredients. Less is more.

8 ounces mushrooms, your choice, sliced
6 celery stalks, chopped small
1 cup spinach
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 habernero, minced
3 clove garlic, sliced thinly

Cooked noodles, 1 cup water reserved

1/2 cup red wine
2 tbls; 1 tbl olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce

1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
3 tsps salt
2 tsp black pepper

In a large saute pan cook noodles in water with  2 tsp salt. Set noodle asides. Keep 1 cup cooking water in the pan. Add mushrooms, celery, wine and 2 tbls olive oil. Braise over medium heat for 15 minutes.

Add spinach, garlic, poblano, jalapeno, habernero, hot sauce and spices, including the remaining 1 tsp salt. Simmer for 5 more minutes.

Add noodles back to pan and remaining 1 tbl olive oil.  Stir thoroughly to combine everything. Continue simmering over medium heat until noodles have absorbed most of the liquid, are glistening  and only a small amount of liquid remains in the bottom of the pan. Top with your favorite beans.