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

Quick Vegan Risotto Recipe

Here's an easy little ristotto dish taht gives that creamy sensation vegan food usually lacks.

2 pints multi color grape tomatoes, halved
1 pint white mushrooms, sliced
2 large shallots, diced
5 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno, minced

1/2 cup arborrio rice
1/3 cup white wine
2 tbls olive oil
1 can garbanzos, plus liquid
1/2 bunch fresh parsley
water, as needed

1 tsp salt
2 tsps black pepper

It's pretty simple, but results in a complex flavor profile. Saute the veg, salt and pepper in the oil, omitting the tomatoes. Add the wine. Cook down. Add the beans, tomatoes and rice.

I wanted to refrain from cooking the tomatoes for too long to retain their texture and color. Their acid and juices still flavor the broth, but they stay alive for the final result.

Add water as needed until rice is creamy. When rice is done, stir in parsley.

It's really easy, but tastes like it was very difficult.