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

Broccoli and Tomato Salad

A simple salad with few ingredients. I came up with this idea as an accompaniment to our Thanksgiving dinner. The main entree was a vegetable lasagna that was heavy on the cheese. The other side dish was oily, buttery, garlic knots. I wanted something to break up the monotony of all the decadence and richness. Something vegetal and acidic seemed like it would be the perfect foil.

I also went very light on the spice to keep this friendly to all types of palates.

The deeply sauted garlic has a lot of flavor, but isn't sharp at all.

One 12 ounce bag frozen broccoli florets
One large package cherry or grape tomatoes ( about 12 ounces)
11 cloves garlic
2 tbls red wine vinegar
1 tbl olive oil
2 tsps hot sauce
2 generous handfuls fresh basil, chopped small
1/2 tsp crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

Quarter the tomatoes if using grape. Halve if using cherry. Set aside.

Cook the broccoli in a large frying pan. No oil. No water. A pinch of salt. Cook until broccoli is warmed through and bright green. A little bit of char is nice. Remove to an ice bath. Then drain of excess water. Chop small.

Saute whole garlic cloves in a hot pan with a small drizzle of olive oil. Cook until nicely browned on both sides. Mince cooked garlic cloves very small.

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and gently stir to combine.