Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Nutritional Yeast

Since becoming a vegan I have discovered nutritional yeast. This is very delicious. Frequently it is used as a cheese substitute. The delicious flavor of this product is not reflected in it's name even though it is very nutritious. This product is low in fat and makes a great source of protein. You can add the yellow colored flakes or powder to many dishes for an enhanced eating experience. One of my favorite ways to use nutritional yeast is to combine it with Mexican seasonings, oil, and stir fried vegetables. Mexican food frequently uses cheese. It is nice to find a way to simulate these flavors in a vegan friendly manner.

Nutritional yeast is not available at most grocery stores. I purchase mine at the local food co-op or Bulk Barn. There are some brands which add vitamin B12. A vegan diet typically lacks this vitamin. If you buy the Red Star label of nutritional yeast you will be able to get this vitamin into your diet. 

Nutritional yeast can be added to many dishes. You can sprinkle it on popcorn or add it to scrambled tofu to increase the flavor. There is a Parmesan substitute which can be made from nutritional yeast. Merely grind it together with almonds in your food processor.  

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