MStrolling down the spice aisle at the grocery store (or staring at your own stock) and seeing a bottle of nutritional yeast is amazing. This doubles if you are vegan or dairy-free.
Nutritional yeast, a strain of yeast yeastIt is often used in cooking to add a cheesy, slightly nutty taste to food – however it is not made with any animal products whatsoever. But the taste of nutritional yeast is not only what makes it great. The spice is an especially great source of vitamin B12. In fact, one tablespoon contains about 65 percent of the recommended daily value when fortified.
Vitamin B12 is one nutrient that many people don’t think about, but is actually important for the body. Not only does it play a role in nerve function and blood cell formation, it is also important for brain health. “B12 is also involved in the production of neurotransmitters that affect your mood, which may be why some research suggests that vitamin B12 may be beneficial for people prone to depression,” said registered dietitian Samantha Cassetti, MS, RDN, previously shared With Well + Good. Besides being high in Vitamin B12, nutritional yeast also contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein.
It is also very safe to use. Just sprinkle it on any dish that can benefit from its cheesy flavor. Or use the 10 nutritional yeast recipes rounded up here to start the experiment.
10 recipes for nutritional yeast:
1. Vegetarian and gluten-free quiche
Traditionally, quiches are made with eggs and cheese – meaning they are off the menu for vegetarians. But this version gives it a 100 percent vegan makeover. Tofu is used in place of eggs and yes, you guessed it: nutritional yeast is used to give this breakfast its cheesy flavor. Garlic and turmeric boost the flavor even more, so be sure to have them on hand.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Vegan Quiche
2. Breakfast egg pancakes with cheese
If you eat eggs, protein plus nutritional yeast is *the chef’s kiss. * This recipe shows how to make a batch of egg pancakes so you’ll have a protein-rich breakfast prepared all week long. In addition to nutritional yeast, you can reach your pantry for garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, and dried basil.
Get the recipe: Cheese Breakfast Egg Muffins
3. Avocado Toast
Sprinkling nutritional yeast on your toast gives it a full layer of flavor. This might just be a game changer for breakfast. Follow this simple recipe to see exactly how much to use, plus a few other key ingredients, for the perfect avocado toast.
Get the recipe: Avocado Toast
4. 7 vegetable soup and “cheese”
Besides being made with tablespoons of nutritional yeast, this soup is also packed with fiber. (Maybe the “7 vegetables” name gave that away, right?) Top it with pumpkin seeds for protein and a satisfying crunch.
Get the recipe: 7 Vegetable and “Cheese” Soups
5. Vegetarian “Egg” Salad
If you’re looking for a vegan egg salad that tastes like the real thing, this is it. Pro tip: Use medium-hard tofu to replicate the texture of the eggs. Another trick is to mix cashews with other ingredients when making the sauce. This makes it more creamy. Along with nutritional yeast, Dijon mustard, turmeric, lemon juice, and chives are blended for a delicious, refreshing flavour.
Get the recipe: “Egg” Vegetarian Salad
6. Tuscan soup
This soup is packed with cabbage and potatoes, which provide a great deal of fiber, and cashews are mixed with nutritional yeast (and some other seasonings) to make a rich, creamy sauce. You’ll be making this one all winter long.
Get the recipe: Tuscan Soup
7. Cashew Alfredo is vegetarian
Every pasta lover needs a good Alfredo recipe in their collection. Nutritional yeast is a key ingredient in this ingredient, along with onion powder, lemon juice, almond milk, vegetable butter, and soaked cashews. You will lick everything last.
Get the recipe: Vegan Cashew Alfredo
8. Oven-roasted broccoli
This broccoli with cheese and garlic pretty much complements any entree. All you need to make are five simple ingredients. It only takes five minutes to toss together and 20 minutes to cook, making it an overnight win.
Get the recipe: Oven-roasted broccoli
9. vegan cheese
Make a batch of these to have on hand when you crave something cheesy and salty. These nutritious biscuits with a sprinkle of yeast take just 15 minutes to bake. kids And Adults will love them!
Get the recipe: Vegetable Cheez-Its
10. Popcorn nutritional yeast
Seasoning popcorn with nutritional yeast is a classic way to use up gold chips. Popcorn is indeed a healthy snack because it is rich in fibre. Now, you’ll get B12 with every handful.
Get the recipe: Nutritional Yeast Popcorn
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