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 Black Bean Pepper Salad Vegan Recipe

This recipe is all about the dressing. Fresh vegetables really sing when you give them the loving embrace of a good dressing.

The perfect dressing has a delicate balance of acid, oil, spice, heat and herb. It coats its components in a rich and lively liquid that awakens and enhances all their inherent flavors.

When I first started creating vegan recipes I came up with a black bean and corn salad with lime and hot sauce dressing. It was pretty simple, but it tasted really good.

It was very mexican influenced. This is a refinement of that original idea. It's much more Thai inspired. Ginger, lime and garlic come together in perfect vegan harmony.

Dressing
2 limes, zest and juice
2 inches freshly grated ginger
4 cloves grated garlic
3 tbls olive oil
2 tsps hot sauce
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry basil

Salad
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups assorted bell peppers, diced
1/4 cup poblano, diced
1 cup red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/2 a serrano, minced, optional

Add the dressing ingredients to a bowl, except oil. Slowly whisk that in to the rest. Toss salad components into the dressing. Allow to chill for a bit in the fridge.