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

Pear and Black Bean Relish

A simple set of ingredients come together to create a complex array of flavors and textures.

The idea of combining sweet fruit with a little heat is a tried an true winner. Autumn fruits like apple and pear have an acidic undertone that add another layer of complexity to the classic sweet/heat pairing. Their crunchy texture also adds another dimension.

Don't take my word for it. Try it and see.

Base
1 pear, peeled and diced
1/2 a medium red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 can black beans, thoroughly rinsed
1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced thinly

Dressing
1 lime, zest and juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
1 tbl spicy mustard
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsps crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper

Add all dressing ingredients, except the oil to a small mixing bowl. Whisk in oil. Add base components and stir to coat. Let rest a few hours in the fridge.

Rinse the black beans in a wire strainer under cool running water. If you don't get rid of all of it, the black starchy liquid from the can will muddy your dressing.