Nutritional Yeast – What is it and How to Use It

So, you’ve made the jump from vegetarian to vegan. You have decided to live without dairy, but you have this huge craving for cheese!! You can either ignore it or find a way to satisfy that craving. My suggestion is to satisfy it!!
Now, the question is how. Maybe you have heard of a product called Nutritional Yeast. But, what is it and how do you use it?
Nutritional Yeast is an inactive yeast that is yellow and comes in either a dry, flaky texture or a powder. It is made by culturing the yeast with a mixture of beet molasses and sugarcane. Most brands are fortified with B12, which is helpful to vegetarians and vegan since that is sometimes the hardest thing to get from our diet alone. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium.
The best thing about Nutritional Yeast is that it has a naturally wonderful nutty cheesy flavor. So, it’s easy to make a great cheesy dish using this.
Where do you find this stuff? It’s actually a little more common than you might think. A few groceries stores are starting to carry it, if they have a health food section. Usually, it can be found a local health food store. It’s great if you can find it in bulk because it’s a lot cheaper. If all else fails, there is a few places online that sell it and can ship it to you.
So, what kinds of things can you make with it? Well, you can sprinkle it on popcorn, mix it into scrambled “eggs”, mixed it into mashed potatoes, put it on top of spaghetti, stir it into soups, and add it to pizza. I could go on and on. My favorite way is to make a sauce with it and make macaroni and cheese. You can use it to make nachos, pour on veggies, pour it on casseroles, lasagna, or baked potatoes. The possibilities are endless with this stuff!!