Oh Yum: Nutritional Yeast - What is it and What to do with it?
For the first couple weeks of being vegan, I was at a loss as to what to use when I wanted a little sauce or the flavor of cheese on something. Nutritional yeast is a wonderful non-dairy product if you're missing cheese or that cheesy, nutty flavor of cheese sauces. Although you may not have heard of it or used nutritional yeast, it's been around for quite a while. You used to only be able to find it in health food stores. Now, it's commonly found on line and in most large grocery stores.
What is nutritional yeast?
- It is deactivated yeast.
- It comes in flake form.
- It's a complete protein (2 T = 8 to 10g protein).
- It's safe for those with milk allergies.
- It contains protein, iron, selenium, zinc and fiber.
- It is gluten free.
- It boosts mood (B vitamins, balances hormones).
- The selenium in it boosts immunity and helps prevent cancer.
- It comes in a package and is often available where bulk items are sold by the ounce.
Ways to use Nutritional Yeast
- Sprinkle on pasta, baked potato, popcorn, vegetable chips, etc.
- Mash into vegetables (potatoes, squash, etc.) or sprinkle on top.
- Blend with warm broth and seasonings such as garlic and onion powder to make a sauce. Use it for mac and cheese or on vegetables.
- Stir into soups to thicken.
- Sprinkle on popcorn.
- Check out some recipes using nutritional yeast here.
- And, you might like this one. We used nutritional yeast in the Breakfast Skillet Scramble if you want a yummy recipe to try.