A few of my recipes calls for nutritional yeast flakes. Although it sounds scary (I was nervous trying it myself at first), it actually tastes really good.
Nutritional yeast is made from, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, a yeast used in winemaking, baking, and brewing since ancient times. It is grown on molasses and then harvested, washed, and dried with heat to deactivate it. There are a number of brands that sell nutritional yeast such as Red Star and Braggs. Nutritional yeast is very beneficial and contains B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein.
It has a cheesy, nutty flavor and I use it for many recipes that call for cheese. I also sprinkle it on pasta, popcorn, pizza or anything else that needs just a little extra cheese-y flavor. I also make my own vegan parmesan alternative from it!
Braggs Nutritional Yeast is the one I usually purchase but if I know I’m using a lot for a few recipes, I’ll purchase a larger container from my local natural foods store. Some stores like Whole Foods might even have some in the bulk section.
Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist helping clients regain their energy, confidence and health through a plant-based diet. When she’s not reading up on the latest nutrition research, you can find Mary Ellen doting on her two rescue shih tzus, creating the perfect vegan mac & cheese, or exploring the world with her husband.