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Cheesy Nutritional Yeast

You either love it or hate it. Nutritional yeast has a very yellowish color, vegans who often miss the taste of cheese often add it to food. Which is smart since the meatless dairyless vegan diet can be low in B12 and nutritional yeast is a great source for that vitamin.

You can find it in most health food stores, sold in shaker containers, or in bulk. Some brands, like Red Star make special formulas to support the dietary needs of vegans and vegetarians.

It's an inactive food yeast grown on a molasses solution, and comes in powder or flake form. It's not to be confused with brewer's yeast, which is an active yeast used to make beer.

What do you do with it? Sprinkle some on popcorn, pasta, baked potatoes, salad, steamed veggies, or bread to add a little flavor. You can also add it to dishes like stir fries, soups, gravy, or pasta sauce. Vegans also make a sauce with it to make a mock macaroni and cheese.

Fit's Tips: Looking for unique ways to use nutritional yeast? Check out The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook available through Amazon for $9.95.

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andrennabird andrennabird 9 years
I made nutritional yeast "queso" tonight and I'm in love. It's so tasty and healthy!
oatmeal_bliss oatmeal_bliss 9 years
I love nutritional yeast! I first tried it many, many years ago and hated it. Once I became vegan, I fell in love with it. My taste buds completely changed once I started cutting out processed foods, meat, and dairy. Everything tastes so much better!
PetitLapinVegan PetitLapinVegan 9 years
I seriously have it (almost) every night sprinkled on top of anything. It's especially delish on cauliflower!
sigmaration sigmaration 10 years
I am a total nut for nutritional yeast on my popcorn. I bought a huge canister at Whole Foods and I sprinkle it on every time I make popcorn. I even take a baggie of it to the movies with me!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I've never heard of this. Very interesting.
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