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

Ginger Lime Dressed Roasted Potatoes

You don't typically encounter potatoes in Thai cuisine, but lime and ginger are a winning combination with any beige starch.

Baked and then broiled potato chunks dressed with a ginger lime vinaigrette. Served with a spicy ginger broth. The broth is from an older recipe. The combo really works.

These potatoes are extra crispy on the outside and pillowy soft in the middle. For a variation on classic potato flavor I decided to create a ginger and lime vinaigrette to dress the cooked potatoes.

Cut potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Coat a bowl with olive oil. Pour 2 tbls in the bottom of the bowl and then gently rotate the bowl to coat the sides and bottom with the oil. This ensures that the first few potato chunks you add to the bowl don't soak up all the oil. This way all the potato wedges get a nice even coating of the oil.

Add cut raw potatoes to the bowl. Season with salt, pepper and thyme. Toss potatoes to coat evenly. Add more seasoning as needed to evenly coat all chunks.

Bake potatoes in a single layer on a sheet pan in a 425 F oven. Bake near the bottom of the oven, but not at the very bottom. Bake for 25 minutes.

Switch oven to high broil and move potatoes to the bottom of the top third of the oven. Broil for 10 minutes or until nicely browned and crispy.

In the bowl from earlier, add juice and zest from 1 lime. 1 tsp salt. Grate in 1/2 inch fresh ginger. Grate in 1  clove of garlic. Whisk in 2 tbls olive oil.

To keep potatoes crispy, dress them with the vinaigrette immediately before serving.