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

Vegan Potato Cheese Slices (No Kidding)

I was trying to come up with a way to add faux cheese slices to my lightlife vegan bologna sandwiches. This will probably sound ridiculous to anyone who isn't vegan, but it really does mimic the texture and flavor of an unmelted slice of  american cheese.

Waxy red potatoes are essential. Other potatoes would go too soft and crumbly.

I've always thought that turmeric not only has the color of cheese, but it also has a similar flavor. I combined that with salt and paprika to create my vegan potato cheese slices. The oil adds that essential fatty element to really seal the deal.

2 red potatoes, sliced thinly
olive oil
turmeric and paprika
1 tsp salt

Slice the potatoes into thin circles. Brush each slice with oil on both sides. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet lubed with cooking spray. Season with salt. Sprinkle lightly with turmeric and paprika. Brush each slice to evenly coat with the spices.

Broil on high on the third rack from the top for 10 minutes or until nicely darkened. Turn off broiler. Leave potatoes in the oven for 10 more minutes.

I did not turn the potatoes to brown the other side. I felt the texture would be creamier that way.