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

Green Tea Cucumber and Tomato Salad

As summer is coming to a close I'm inspired by the lingering heat. Cucumbers have such a hydrating and cooling appeal. Gorgeous multicolored heirloom tomatoes are an ingredient to snatch up while still available.

When it's hot it can be hard to get yourself to eat anything hearty. This dish feels light, but packs plenty of nutrients. Just sprinkle in some beans on top and you're good to go.

Crisp granny smith apples add crunch and sweetness. The cucumber is refreshing and crunchy. Tomatoes add acid.

1 large cucumber, sliced into quarter circles
2 pints heirloom grape tomatoes, halved
1 granny smith apple, diced
1 jalapeno, quartered, then sliced
3 tbls olive oil
1 tbl white vinegar
2 tbls hot sauce
1/4 cup diet citrus green iced tea
3 tsps dry dill
2 tsps salt
2 tsps black pepper

Toss everything in a bowl and gently stir to combine. Let rest an hour or two in the fridge. Done and done.