Cucumber, Corn and Tomato Salsa

My co-worker gave me some cucumbers she and her husband had grown in their garden. I wanted to use them right away as they were so fresh. This is a variation on a classic cucumber and tomato salad. I added charred corn for sweetness and smokiness. I also added poblano and jalapeno for spice. 

2 small or 1 medium cucumber, diced
2 ears corn
3 vine tomatoes, diced
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbls apple cider vinegar
2 tbls olive oil
2 tsps dry dill
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsps salt

I wasn't about to turn on the broiler to cook the corn. It's been in the 90's here. Instead, I used the same technique often used to char bell pepper. Put the shucked ears directly over a gas flame on the stovetop. If you don't have a gas stovetop you can broil them or use an outdoor grill. 

The corn will pop and make a bit of a mess on your cooktop, but it's worth it. 

Char the corn evenly all around. Allow to cool and them cut the kernels off the cob. 

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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!