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 Red Wine Beans and Rice

Red onions and red wine are natural companions. Mushrooms also love red wine. This is a fancified version of classic red beans and rice using those complementary pairings as the inspiration.

8 ounces sliced white mushrooms
2 cups sliced celery
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 tbls each minced jalapeno, serrano, habernero peppers
3 cloves garlic, minced
Handful fresh basil, minced
1 cup dry white rice
1 can red beans

1 cup red onion broth, see below
1 1/2 cups water
1 lime, zest and juice

2 tsps dry basil
2 tsps dry thyme

Red Onion Broth
Skins and ends from 2 medium red onions
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 cups water
1/2 cup red wine
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

Bring all onion broth ingredients to a boil and then simmer uncovered until liquid is reduced by half and the broth is rich and deep. Strain to remove onion pieces.

Add to your strained onion broth, mushrooms, celery, garlic, peppers. Simmer uncovered for 7 minutes. Add rice, water, spices. Cover and simmer until rice is almost tender. Add lime zest and juice and fresh basil. Simmer 2 more minutes.