Definition: Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce. Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12, so if you're vegan, it's a good idea to add some to your food regularly.
Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of your health food store. You can look for either nutritional yeast flakes or powder, but be sure you don't get brewer's yeast by mistake, as its quite similar in appearance. In Australia and New Zealand, nutritional yeast is also called "savory yeast" or "savory yeast flakes".
If you can't find nutritional yeast where you live, you may want to try shopping online for nutritional yeast.
See also: Can vegans eat yeast?
Recipes Using Nutritional Yeast
- Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- Easy vegan pesto with nutritional yeast
- Angel Hair Pasta Primavera with Nutritional Yeast
- Cheesy vegetarian macaroni casserole
- Potato Frittata
- Vegan Pesto Recipe
- Summer Squash Stir-Fry
- Breaded Tofu Nuggets
- Vegan Cheesy Macaroni Casserole
- Easy Vegetarian Gravy Recipe
- Vegan Green Bean Casserole
- Cheesey Vegan Lasagna with Tofu
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