Vegan Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Risotto

Fancy dried mushrooms combine with baby bellas and marinated artichokes to produce an earthy and tangy risotto more than capable of standing up to any traditional version. 

1 pint baby bella mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/3 cup fancy dried mushrooms, diced (such as chanterelles and morels)
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup arborio rice
2 shallots, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps dry thymeI got a large bag of 'chef's blend' fancy dried mushrooms on amazon. It's great for adding umami depth to broths and sauces. 

A mushroom risotto is awesome with just humble mushrooms, but add some more exotic ones as well, and you've really got something. 

Normally I'll use tomato for acid in a risotto, but this time I went with artichokes. I love artichokes. They offer a unique flavor and texture that creates an entirely different risotto experience. I know there is a certa…

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
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl salt
2 tsps baking powder
2 tsps ground garlic
2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps aleppo pepper flakes
water as needed

Combine all the dry ingredients. Add the oil. Add 1/2 cup water at first. Mix to form a dry dough. Add more water a tablespoon or two at a time until a slightly sticky dough just barely comes together. Knead the dough for at least 5 minutes until it is firm. The more you knead, the more gluten you create. The more gluten, the more protein. More gluten also creates a chewier finished bread. So it is personal preference.

Set aside

2 tbls olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp salt

Microwave the drizzle components for 45 seconds on high. Discard garlic clove. Set aside.

Shape dough into 3 inch diameter balls and place them on an ungreased baking sheet. You should wind up with about a dozen little balls.

Bake at 400 F for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and immediately drizzle each ball evenly with the oil mixture.

Allow to cool a few minutes before enjoying. These little bread balls have lots of flavor, protein and nutrition. They also taste great!