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 Stroganoff Recipe

Not sure what inspired me to create a stroganoff like pasta sauce. I guess I just wanted something different from my usual fare. I have a penchant for italian, mexican and thai flavors. But sometimes something totally different is exactly what you're craving.

I remember liking beef stroganoff as a kid. Or rather, that hamburger helper version that my mother used to make. Hardly authentic, but it was pretty tasty to my teenage palate.

Here, I was going for a creamy, mushroomy sauce with that great depth you would get from beef stock and/or beef, but obviously without actually using anything beef or beef derived.

The resultant creation was thick, rich, super tasty and heartily satisfying.

1 pint white mushrooms, sliced
1/2 a medium yellow onion, diced
1 poblano pepper, diced
6 cloves garlic, sliced
1 anaheim peppper, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced

1 can coconut milk
1 can black beans/can brine
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup dill pickle brine
1 tbl spicy mustard
1 tbl capers
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbl ap flour

2 tps paprika
1 tsp dry savory
1 tsp dry parsley, use a few handfuls fresh parsley if you have it
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsps black pepper

8 ounces dry pasta, cooked

In a very large/high sides skillet cook pasta in heavily salted water until al dente. Set aside. Discard pasta water. Use same pan to cook the sauce. Starches left over from cooking the pasta will help thicken it and season it.

Cook down first set of ingredients in the oil. When mushrooms are nicely browned deglaze with the wine. Cook off wine for 5 minutes. Add beans/brine, pickle brine and mustard. Cook 5 more minutes. Add coconut milk, spices. Keep at a steady simmer until sauce begins to thicken up a bit. Sprinkle in flour. Stir to evenly distribute. Cook 2 more minutes. Turn off heat and let rest several minutes.