Upon seeing nutritional yeast in yesterday’s Tomato Basil Barley Risotto recipe, you may have been asking yourself “what exactly is nutritional yeast?” “why should I be eating it?” and “where can I find it?”.
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast similar to brewer’s yeast. It is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses and then harvesting, washing, drying, and packing the yeast.
Nutritional yeast is sold commercially in flake or powder form and can be found in the bulk section of your local health food store (such as Whole Foods). Nutritional yeast is a complete protein, is packed with B vitamins, is gluten free, and is naturally low in fat and sodium. It has a mild nutty flavor and creates a creamy cheesy texture to dishes. For these reasons, nutritional yeast is commonly used as a cheese substitute in vegan and vegetarian cooking.
Nutritional yeast can be used in a variety of ways. Sprinkle some on your popcorn, mix it into sauces or soups to add a creamy texture, or even use it in mashed potatoes or scrambled eggs. Nutritional yeast is a great way to add extra nutrients to any of your daily meals!