Nutritional Yeast · i am a food blog

18 Oct.,2022

 

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Cheesy, nutty, and full of umami and protein, nutritional yeast is your pantry flavor friend that’s here to stay.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the cheesy, delicious seasoning and how to enjoy it. If you’ve been hearing about nutritional yeast and are wonder what the heck it is, you’re in the right place.

What is nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a flaky, golden powder that’s made from a species of yeast that’s the same as baker’s or brewer’s yeast. Baking and brewing yeast is active, which lets bread rise and beer brew. Nutritional yeast on the other hand is inactive. It’s grown specifically for food, then harvested.

When harvested, heat deactivates the yeast, then it’s washed, dried, and crumbled. The result is a cheesy, nutty, savory ingredient that is used to make vegan cheese sauces, vegan dips, in soups, scrambles, stews, and more.

Fortified vs unfortified

Yeast is a natural source of protein and B vitamins. There are two kinds of nutritional yeast, fortified and unfortified.

  • Fortified has vitamins added to boost nutritional content. Most of the ones you find commercially come fortified with B12 and folic acid.
  • Unfortified doesn’t have added vitamins or minerals. Unfortified yeast on its own has protein and B vitamins.

Flakes, granules, or powder

Based on what you want to use your yeast for, it comes in flakes, granules, or powder. I like large flakes for sprinkling and granules or powder for sauces. You can also just use your food processor to turn flakes into powder.

Is nutritional yeast good for you?

Nutritional yeast is, as its name proclaims, very nutritious. It’s a great source of protein, B vitamins, and minerals. It has all nine essential amino acids and is a great way to add high quality protein to your diet. Fortified yeast is great because it has B12 which helps with maintaining a healthy nervous system, energy, and creation of red blood cells. It also has antioxidants which help protect your cells.

How to enjoy

Think of it as a vegan grated cheese. Anywhere you want a cheesy hit, add a sprinkle!

Sprinkle it onto:

  • popcorn
  • pasta
  • salads
  • eggs
  • roasted vegetables

Stir it into:

  • soups
  • stews
  • rice

Add it to:

  • cheese sauce
  • crackers
  • biscuits
  • sauces

Where to buy nutritional yeast

They sell it at health food stores and in the health aisle at most grocery stores. You can also buy it online. I like Bob’s Red Mill large flake but there are tons of brands out there.

 

Vegan Kale Salad with Nutritional Yeast

You'll never miss cheese again.

Serves

2

5

from

3

votes

Prep Time

3

mins

Cook Time

2

mins

Total Time

5

mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4

    cup

    olive oil

    extra virgin preferred

  • 1

    tbsp

    nutritional yeast

    large flake preferred

  • 1

    tbsp

    lemon juice

    about 1 medium lemon

  • 1

    clove

    garlic

    crushed

  • 1/4

    tsp

    salt

  • 1/4

    tsp

    freshly ground pepper

  • lemon zest

    from the lemon before you juice it

  • 1

    bunch

    kale

    lacinato kale preferred, about 4 cups finely chopped

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients except the kale and lemon zest, let sit while you prepare the kale.

  • Prepare the kale: Give the leaves a good wash and shake off any excess water, then slice the stems away with a knife or rip the leaves off by running your fingers along the ribs. Finally, cut into 1/4" thin strips.

  • Toss the kale with the dressing.

  • Top with lemon zest and extra nutritional yeast. Enjoy!

Notes

Serves 2 as a small main or 4 as a side salad.

Estimated Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Kale Salad with Nutritional Yeast

Amount Per Serving

Calories 244

Calories from Fat 228

% Daily Value*

Fat 25.3g

39%

Saturated Fat 3.7g

23%

Cholesterol 0.01mg

0%

Sodium 308mg

13%

Potassium 19mg

1%

Carbohydrates 5g

2%

Fiber 1g

4%

Sugar 0.2g

0%

Protein 1.9g

4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.