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

Asian Carrot Fettuccine

I found myself inspired by all those vegetable versions of noodles and pasta. I think they're silly. Pasta is delicious. Zucchini noodles are not. Carbs are awesome.

Still, ribbons, are a great way to quickly process carrots for easy cooking. It's also pretty.

I don't want to spend time julienning carrots. Sliced take too long to cook. So shaved seemed like a perfect marriage of both aesthetics and function.

Normally, I don't peel carrots. I just wash them and slice. With this method, you do peel, but you just keep peeling the entire carrot right down to the core. Don't discard the outer peels. All of the peels are usable. Besides being great for quick cooking, they're also good for texture as a raw garnish.

When you get down to the carrot cores, reserve them for snacks or stocks.

2 large carrots, shaved into ribbons
1 pint white mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch scallions, sliced on the bias
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
7 cloves garlic, microplaned
2 inches fresh ginger, microplaned
1 can garbanzos and can juice
2 1/2 tbls low sodium soy sauce
2 tbls sriracha
1 lime, zest and juice
1 tsps fresh black pepper

1 pint orange grape tomatoes, sliced
2 handfuls fresh basil chiffonade

1/4 cup red wine
2 tbls olive oil

2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps celery seed
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp cumin seed
5 whole cloves

Put the first group of ingredients into a large stock pot or deep dish skillet. . Bring up to  medium heat and simmer 2 minutes. Add oil. Stir to coat contents of pot in the oil. Simmer 5 more minutes. Add wine. Cook off wine and scrape pan to deglaze carmelized bits.

Add dry seasoning. Simmer 15 miinutes.

Turn off heat. Stir in tomatoes and basil. Let rest 5 minutes.