Nutritional yeast

I am so glad that I was introduced to nutritonal yeast. It’s amazing and I would recommend all vegans/vegetarians to use it. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that can be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment. It is produced by culturing the yeast with sugarcane and beet molasses then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging the yeast. It can ususally be found in the form of flakes in the bulk aisle of health food stores (I can only find it at Whole Foods). It tastes great in many different dishes and is most popularly used as a cheese substitute in vegan recipes. It has a nutty, cheesy flavor so it works great in sauces, soups, rice and pasta recipes, and is also great sprinkled on popcorn. I recently experimented with it in different sauce recipes and also used it to make vegan mac and cheese! I used the recipe on Vegweb.com and it was soooo good. It doesn’t taste completely like the original thing, but it’s a great alternative for vegans. It’s “cheesy”, creamy and so healthy for you. You get to enjoy mac and cheese without all the bad for you, fatty cheese! To me, that was really exciting. Also, nutritional yeast has many health benefits besides being low in fat, sodium and calories. It’s a great source of protein and vitamins, especially B-complex, and it contains 18 amino acids, making it a complete protein. I’ll keep you posted on more great recipes using nutritional yeast, but feel free to tell me about dishes you have used it in!

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  1. Me and my other half made a vegan pasta premavera for a friend who is vegan. It turned out amazing and we did use the nutritional yeast in the recipe and EVERYONE loved it. It was a huge hit…and it is so hard to find things that are completely vegan. Alot of things that are advertised as meat-free have animal bi-products or some sort of subsance derived from animals. Is nothing pure any more?? I am not vegan but I have cut down on meat considerably in the past 4 months.

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