What IS Nutritional Yeast?
|Flakes- Mmmm mmm good!|
In addition to being naturally low in fat and salt, nutritional yeast is an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. It is an especially good source of the B-complex vitamin, which is important in promoting healthy skin growth, increasing metabolism, immune and nervous system functions, as well as reducing the risk of pancreatic cancer. Two heaping tablespoons of flakes contains 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber at just 60 calories!
What Does it Taste Like?
Nutritional yeast has a strong cheesy or nutty flavor, which makes it popular as a cheese substitute among vegans and vegetarians. It can be paired with almost any dish, including stir fry, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, pasta dishes, garlic bread, and so many more. My personal favorite use for flakes is as a popcorn topping. Some movie theaters offer nutritional yeast in addition to salt and butter, and once you try it you will understand why!
Nutritional yeast is referred to as "savoury yeast flakes" in Australia, while it is known as "brufax" in New Zealand. In the U.S., it is sometimes called "yeshi" which is Ethiopian and means "for a thousand." Prisoners of war have used "home-grown" yeast to prevent vitamin deficiency.
Where to Find Flakes
Nutritional yeast can be found in most natural foods stores. The Nature's Market section in Kroger also carries this tasty kitchen must-have. If shopping locally at the Athens Kroger, you can find flakes packaged in a pound container and a pint (quarter pound) container.
Try These Recipes!
Ok, so you bought some flakes but aren't sure how to incorporate them in your diet. Try one of these delicious recipes and you will be hooked!
For the best popcorn you've ever tasted:
- Organic popcorn
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Nutritional yeast
- Salt, pepper, garlic powder (optional)
- Cover the bottom of a medium saucepan with a layer of extra virgin olive oil
- Turn the heat on the stove to medium-high and add a few kernels of popcorn
- Cover with lid
- When the kernels have popped, the pan is hot enough to add the amount of popcorn you want.
- Wait for popcorn to pop and remove from heat so that it doesn't burn
- Pour popcorn in a bowl and sprinkle with a generous amount of nutritional yeast
- Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder if desired and enjoy!
Delicious Pasta and Greens
- Pasta of your choice (We recommend vegan pasta from Crumbs Bakery in Athens)
- Greens of your choice-broccoli, collards, kale, etc.
- Nutritional yeast
- Butter (to help yeast stick to pasta)
- Boil water and cook desired amount of pasta in a pot on the stove
- In a separate pan, melt two tablespoons of butter (or more depending on how much you are making) and add greens to cook on a medium heat
- Once the pasta and greens are cooked, combine them in one pan
- While it is warm, add a generous amount of nutritional yeast to the dish