12 Ways to Use Nutritional Yeast
Find out how and why to try this unique seasoning.
It doesn't sound particularly appetizing and looks a lot like, well...fish food. So why am I recommending that you try nutritional yeast?
For starters, it's an ideal seasoning—much more nutritious than salt. Not only is it sodium-free, but it contains protein and fiber and is rich in B vitamins (and some brands are fortified with B12, so it's great for vegetarians and vegans who don't consume animal foods).
Grown on molasses and sugar cane, nutritional yeast is deactivated (as opposed to the active yeast used to make bread), washed, and dried into flakes. You can find it in health food stores or in the natural foods aisle of some grocery stores. With a nutty, cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast goes well with lots of foods. Here are some ideas:
- Sprinkle it on popcorn with a spritz of olive oil.
- Shake it on top of kale chips.
- Toss it with roasted nuts to get a slightly cheesy coating on cashews, walnuts, or sliced almonds.
- Sprinkle it onto salads.
- Add a tablespoon of it to homemade salad dressings.
- Add it to creamy soups for a savory flavor.
- Use it as a substitute for Parmesan cheese to top off pasta dishes or rice.
- Mix it into mashed potatoes, replacing the butter and cheese.
- Toss it with roasted vegetables to create a cheesy, savory flavor.
- Use it in place of breadcrumbs to help veggie burgers stick together.
- Use it to make a vegan gravy to please vegan loved ones for the holidays.
- Make a vegan cheese sauce to top steamed broccoli, mix with salsa to create a vegan cheese dip, or combine with pasta noodles for an easy mac & cheese.
Have you tried nutritional yeast?
—Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD