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 Mushroom Cream Sauce

An Italian inspired creamy mushroom sauce over pasta. Totally vegan. Just a really simple thick and rich mushroom sauce over elbow pasta. Extremely cravable, yet very healthy.

1 pint cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 cup celery, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 small poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 can garbanzos, plus can brine
3 tbls nutritional yeast
3 tbls vegan mayo
1/2 cup white wine
2 tbls hot sauce
2 tbls olive oil

2 tsps dry basil
2 tsps dry oregano
1 tsps crushed pepper flakes
3 tsps salt
2 tsps black pepper

Saute mushrooms, onions and celery in oil until tender. Deglaze with wine. Cook out wine for 5 minutes. Add poblano, jalapeno, garlic, garbanzos/brine, yeast, hot sauce, spices. Simmer 10 minutes. Stir in vegan mayo.

Toss together warm cooked al dente pasta with the finished sauce.