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

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta Recipe

A simple pasta treatment that's full of flavor. You can't go wrong with a generous dose of olive oil, garlic and roasted peppers.

All that oil holds onto all those other flavors and envelopes the pasta in them. The roasted peppers add a smokey flavor.

The secret to this dish is to just barely cook the pasta. That way when you saute it in the veggie flavored oil it's still thirsty enough to absorb all the goodness.

1 red bell pepper, diced
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/2 cup white onion, sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced thinly

1/2 cup olive oil

8 ounces macaroni

2 tsps salt
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper

Roast the bell pepper and the jalapeno over an open flame until the skin blackens.

Cook macaroni to just less than al dente. Drain. Set aside.

Saute all veg and seasonings in oil until just tender. Abotu 5 minutes. Stir in cooked macaroni. Saute a few more minutes, stirring often, until pasta is coated in the oil and veg is soft. Add a little more oil if needed to ensure pasta nicely lubed.