Who knows what Nutritional Yeast is and what it’s good for?

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that is a popular vegan food product. It has a cheesy, nutty, and savory flavor and is often used to give vegan food a cheesy flavor. Nutritional yeast is said to boost energy, protect against cell damage (aka cancer) and lower cholesterol. It’s typically fortified with Vitamin B12, so it’s a great vegan source of B12.

Braggs Nutritional Yeast Seasoning

Some simple ways to incorporate nutritional yeast into your diet include:

  • Use it as a popcorn topper
  • Sprinkle it over soup or pasta
  • Mix it into your homemade hummus
  • Add it in as you cook up some scrambled eggs

One of the most common things to do with nutritional yeast is to make a cheese sauce. Here is a Vegan Cheesy Pasta Recipe:

Easy vegan nutritional yeast pasta recipe
  • 1 cup pre-cooked pasta
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. flour
  • 2/3 cup nut/soy milk (unflavored, unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp. mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt (to taste)

DIRECTIONS: 1.) Cook pasta according to package, prepare sauce while the pasta cooks 2.) Heat the oil over low heat then stir in flour to make a paste. 3.) Slowly add in the nut/soy milk and heat, stirring frequently, until semi thickened. 4.) Then stir in the nutritional yeast, mustard, turmeric, garlic and salt. 5.) Heat for a minute or two, then stir in cooked pasta. (Adjust seasonings to taste.) Serve & enjoy!

Here is a great Vegan Butter Recipe:

  • ⅓ cup room temperature refined coconut oil
  • 1½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba (**liquid from a can of garbanzo beans)
  • ¼ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • Pinch of salt (to taste)
  • Pinch of turmeric powder (for color)

DIRECTIONS: 1.) Add aquafaba and vinegar together and blend until it begins to get frothy & thick (for best result use an immersion or high-speed blender). 2.) While blending, slowly drizzle in the coconut oil and then olive oil. Continue blending until it thickens to a mayonnaise consistency. 3.) Add in nutritional yeast, turmeric, and salt until combined and smooth. 4.) Store in an air-tight container in the fridge overnight to firm. 5.) Use on toast, on corn on the cob, or in any other way you would use butter. (makes about 1 cup)