Definition: Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods - Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce - Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12, so if you're vegan, it's a good idea to add some to your food regularly - Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of your health food store- You can look for either nutritional yeast flakes or powder, but be sure you don't get brewer's yeast by mistake, as its quite similar in appearance
How to Use Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast is an especially good addition to a vegan diet, adding a cheesy taste to various dishes and providing B-12, which can be difficult for vegans to get without a supplement - Here are some ideas for using it in your recipes
Add to savory food. Nutritional yeast goes with almost every type of savory food. As you experiment with nutritional yeast, use it as a condiment, sprinkling it .. you cook the dish...
As you become familiar with its taste, begin incorporating it into recipes
Sprinkle on popcorn -Nutritional yeast, especially in powder form, is delicious on popcorn and is a great way to get your daily B-12 requirement!
Stir into soups, sauces and gravies - Nutritional yeast is a natural with any sort of savory liquid - It breaks down well when heated and creates a deliciously cheesy taste - Add to your favorite recipes
Bake with nutritional yeast - Add one tablespoon to ¼ cup nutritional yeast to your favorite savory baked good - You may need to increase the liquid—but only slightly
Make faux cheese - "The Uncheese Cookbook" by Joanne Stepaniak provides hundreds of vegan recipes that replicate dairy cheeses, and other vegan cheese recipes can be found online
Make a "parmesan" topping - A quick and delicious topping for pizza and pasta can be made by blending equal parts blanched almonds and nutritional yeast until fine - Add salt to taste - Refrigerate for up to a month
Share with your cats! Most cats enjoy nutritional yeast, so try sprinkling it on your cats' food or put a teaspoon on a plate for them to sample - It's a healthy feline snack full of nutrients
The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook
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