I love nutritional yeast – mostly because it reminds me of Gentlemen Broncos, which makes me laugh. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do! It’s one of the best intentionally terrible movies you will ever see. Bonus: Then yeast will make you laugh too. Here’s some stuff you should know about nutritional yeast:
- Technically a fungus, nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast grown on cane and beet molasses.
- The flavor is best described as nutty or cheesy, which also makes me laugh.
- Depending on the type you buy, it either looks like cornmeal or yellow flakes.
- Our New Zealand friends know it as Brufax. They also pronounce “aluminum” hilariously.
- Nutritional yeast is a complete protein, rich in B-complex vitamins and it makes you pee bright yellow.
Now that you’re basically a yeast expert, WTF do you do with it? Well, if you’re a good little vegan or vegetarian you’re probably already putting it in almost everything you eat. Because of its savory nature, nutritional yeast is great sprinkled into soups and stews, stir frys, in dips, on salads… I sprinkle it on popcorn for a cheesy flavor and use it like Parmesan on my pasta. Even if you’re not vegetarian, it’s a great flavor and nutrient boost to all of your food.
This week end we used a whole heap of nutritional yeast in a vegan mac and “cheese” recipe my husband has been talking about since I met him about 8 years ago. Its Eric Z’s mac n’ yeast, and it was worth the 8 year wait. We went for the classic elbow-shape so Teno would eat it, but rotini or anything else that grabs onto sauce would work too.