RECIPE ROUND-UP – NUTRITIONAL YEAST

If you are vegan or are trying to cut dairy out of your diet, then let us introduce you to nutritional yeast.  Also known as nooch, this flakey condiment adds a cheesy, nutty flavor to food and is completely dairy-free. Sprinkle it onto popcorn or roasted veggies or use it to make vegan ‘parmesan cheese’ by grinding it in a food processor with almonds and cashews. Unlike baker’s yeast, nutritional yeast has been pasteurized so it doesn’t rise, but it retains all of its healthy benefits – it’s packed with nutrients like zinc, protein, B12, and folic acid. Nutritional yeast also weighs in at only 20 calories per tablespoon, so it’s much lighter than real cheese, not to mention free of gluten and sodium.

But using those bright yellow flakes as a dry topping is just one way to incorporate nutritional yeast into your diet. It makes an incredible cheese substitute in many hot dishes that are traditionally prepared with the real thing. No longer are classics like macaroni and cheese or potatoes au gratin off limits to vegans! But transforming cheese-based recipes into non-dairy meals is not easy for those new to nutritional yeast since it takes lots of trial and error to get the proportions just right. Instead, get to know nooch with these vegan versions of cheesy classics and then you can start experimenting on your own.

Mac & Cheese (via The Glowing Fridge)

Mac & Cheese (via The Glowing Fridge)

Potatoes Au Gratin (via Raley’s)

Potatoes Au Gratin (via Raley’s)

Caesar Salad (via Platings and Pairings)

Caesar Salad (via Platings and Pairings)

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole (via Connoisseurus Veg)

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole (via Connoisseurus Veg)

Fettuccine Alfredo (via Lands & Flavors)

Fettuccine Alfredo (via Lands & Flavors)

(Top image via Lands & Flavors)