I think the nutritional yeast love affair started shortly after I got pregnant. I was doing some research on which foods were good to add to my diet and discovered this powerhouse. Nutritional yeast is rich in folic acid, 18 amino acids, 15 minerals, B-12 vitamins (this is what makes it yellow) and for the vegans and veggies among us is choked full of protein. It is not to be confused with brewers yeast and is not yeast forming in the body. It is commonly grown on beet sugar and molasses, fermented and then dried and has a cheesy nutty taste.
It is great for kids of all ages. I put it in the scrambled eggs, on top of the eggs, on every pasta dish, pizza, heck, anything I put cheese on really. It is awesome on popcorn and makes for a key ingredient in a mean mock chicken tofu, see recipe below.
It goes great with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. A personal favorite is toast and avocado with the nutritional yeast and liquid aminos on top and the boys love it too. It also melts into any sauce if you need to disguise it.
If you have no idea what I am talking about you can find it in the bulk section of Mana Foods, Down to Earth, Hawaiian Moons and Whole Foods. Check it out, if you get a chance, it’s cheap and is a great way to pump up the nutritional value of any meal.
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