One of the first comments you often hear when you say you eat a plantbased diet is: I really could not live without cheese! Cheese seems to be a real big deal for many of us. Quite understandable, right? It‘s such a great way to flavor so many dishes. When I decided to live healthier I also thought I would miss cheese a lot. However, this never happened, because soon I got introduced to nutritional yeast. The name is not very promising if you mention this to a cheese lover, but oh how tasty it is! If you know nutritional yeast already, stay tuned for my nutritional yeast seasoning recipe. A delicious mixture you can sprinkle over almost anything.
Often, many vegans already know nutritional yeast, for others this may be something they never heard of. Except for sweet dishes, you can use this yellowish powder for almost everything. Nutritional yeast is basically a vegan option for cheese. Nutritional yeast is made of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, this is a single-celled ‘organism’. Actually, a single-celled fungus. The same yeast that is used for beer, wine and bread. The difference is that nutritional yeast is cultured, harvested, washed, and finally dried to “deactivate” the yeast. Nutritional yeast is actually a dried inactive yeast. It’s inactive and can’t therefore grow as baker’s yeast can (it has no ability to rise).
Is Nutritional Yeast healthy?
Nutritional yeast flakes contain lots of B vitamins, especially vitamin B-6. This is good for the metabolism, functioning of the nervous system, to improve memory and it also helps relieve fatigue. B vitamins are also perfect for shiny hair, strong nails and a beautiful skin.
How can you use nutritional yeast?
Almost everything that is not sweet only gets better with nutritional yeast flakes. Cold or hot, both are delicious with these flakes. Warm I love it sprinkled over a soup, on vegetables, roasted nuts or a stew. Of course you should not heat the flakes too much if you want to preserve all the vitamins. The cold options are also delicious. Sprinkled over an avocado with salt and lime. Or what about a teaspoon over your salad or your favorite sauce?
I use nutritional yeast quite often, but when I made this super mix and noticed how crazy everyone was about it, it was time to share this mix. One look at the other ingredients (such as turmeric) and you will notice how healthy this mix is. You‘ve probably got all the ingredients already in your cupboard, so let’s get started.
- 5 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 3 pinches Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoons dried oregano
- a pinch of ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- Mix everything in a dry glass jar/container and you can enjoy this mix for months.
- It's also lovely to mix it with sliced almonds and / or walnuts.
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