VEGETARIAN LESSONS FOR LAZY DUMMIES (Part 2 of 4)
feat. Nutritional Yeast [photo from FatFreeVegan]
[Last week, I had my own “Vegetarian Cooking 101”. Not that what we prepared was the most basic of vegetarian fare, but that it was simple enough to do, and that I got some vegetarian cooking fundamentals when I got introduced to Chia Seeds, Nutritional Yeast, Liquid Aminos and TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein).
I also decided to do a wee bit of research on my own, and here’s the super simple low-down (I didn’t go all-out geek, I promise!) for those of you exploring vegetarian fare as well.]
NUTRITIONAL YEAST SEASONING
What is it? Nutritional yeast a.k.a. “nooch” is a deactivated yeast, meaning it has no leavening ability like the regular yeast that we’re familiar with. Yeasts are members of the fungi family, like mushrooms, so no animals are hurt in the process. [ref]
What is it used for?Because of its cheesy, nutty flavor, it is often used by vegans in place of cheese. Add it to pasta, stir it into mashed potatoes, scrambled tofu (instead of scrambled eggs), and sprinkle it on popcorn. [ref]
What are its health benefits? It’s NUTRITIONAL! It’s a source of the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and soidium and is free of sugar, dairy and gluten (double check labels, to be sure). Sometimes nutritional yeast is also fortified with Vitamin B12 (such as the Red Star variant — not sure about Braggs’)
Any known risks? I didn’t find any immediately, and felt too lazy to do much more digging, but I figure if this is a pretty popular product, then I should be good, for now.
Where can I get it?I got my Red Star Nutritional Yeast from Healthy Options for (P299).
Now hankering for some popcorn,