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Creativity with Nutritional Yeast

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Three months ago my friend suggested I try nutritional yeast (a source of Vitamin B12) to help me with stress.

It's been fantastic!
I have much more energy whenever I use it!

Please share your ideas on how I can incorporate this into my daily snacks/meals.
post #2 of 17
I like it over popcorn. Also, I like it over pasta, sort of like a parmasan topping, especially if I have a tahini-based pasta sauce.
post #3 of 17
I put it in greens (collards, kale, spinach, mustard, turnips, you name it). It adds a nice flavor to the background.
post #4 of 17
: I just bought a pound of nutritional yeast and had no clue what to do with it.
post #5 of 17
I also like this gravy made with yeast. It's from a local restaurant, The Grit.


1 cup (2 sticks) margarine
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup flaked nutritional yeast
2 cups regular soy milk
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 3/4 cup hot water
2 T Worcestershire sauce

Melt margarine. Stir in flour and yeast ultil blended and continue to heat roux until mixture begins to bubble. Whisk continuously for 4 minutes.

Continue rapid, thorough whisking and add soy milk gradually. The mixture will quickly become thick and custard-like. Combine soy sauce, water, and worcestershire sauce and add to gravy gradually. Blend well after each addition and do not add so rapidly that gravy gets thin. If the gravy is too thin, continued cooking will thicken it.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by AllieFaye View Post
I like it over popcorn. Also, I like it over pasta.
I use it in these ways too. Mostly over popcorn. I crave it. It's yummy!
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by BetsyS View Post
I put it in greens (collards, kale, spinach, mustard, turnips, you name it). It adds a nice flavor to the background.
In cooked greens? Do you mix it with a bit of water first?
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by tbone View Post
: I just bought a pound of nutritional yeast and had no clue what to do with it.
One of the things I have tried is adding 1/4 cup nutritional yeast to banana bread and muffin recipes. If it seems a bit dry I add a lunch-sized container of applesauce which helps and gives the recipe a bit more flavour.

It helps me get the nutritional yeast on the days I forget to eat it with popcorn or take my Vitamin B12 strips.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by amydawnsmommy View Post
In cooked greens? Do you mix it with a bit of water first?
I use it when I cook greens in water. I'm from the south, and the whole sauteed greens is an exotic dish to us. Most of the greens I eat are cooked to death in water. (we eat the water, too, as pot likker) The recipe I generally use comes from the same restaurant as the gravy, The Grit. It calls for the yeast gravy, but I just add the ingredients instead (too lazy to make gravy for this; the ingredients work just as well) It all dissolves in the broth.

Collard Greens
1 large bunch (about 3 pounds) fresh collard greens, well rinsed
Water
¾ c. Grit Yeast Gravy
½ c. cider vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1 T. sugar
2 t. hot sauce
1 t. dry mustard
1 ¾ t. salt
½ t. white pepper
¼ t. baking soda

Strip stems from leaves of collards. Roll handfuls of leaves as if rolling a cigar and chiffonade into narrow strips, then chop strips into smaller pieces. Place in a large stock pot. Add enough water to cover greens when greens are forced down by hand into bottom of pot, then add 3 cups water.

Place pot over high heat, stir in remaining ingredients and cover. Bring to a vigorous boil, stirring occasionally, and cook greens 35 minutes to 1 hour, depending on desired tenderness. Check flavor and adjust seasonings as desired.
post #10 of 17
My kids love to sprinkle it on their mashed potatoes. And when I say "sprinkle", I really mean "dump". After they've put the yeast on, it's difficult to find the potatoes!
post #11 of 17
I use it:

Over popcorn
On pasta
As a replacement for parm cheese in pesto (really really really yummy!!!)
as an ingredient in soup (about 1/3-1/2 cup) in big pot

The one cavaet I've heard is that it is high in iron, so should be kept away from kids (for possible OD concerns), and not eaten with too much wild abandon!
post #12 of 17
I also love it on popcorn and over any salad. Here are another few ideas:
browing it up with veggies for quick broths on the fly, breading tofu in it and then gently sauteing or baking it for a healthy "crust", adding it to dogs' meals b/c they really reap the benifits of it also.
post #13 of 17
Great ideas everyone! Thanks!
post #14 of 17
We love this salad dressing and I have been known to drink it straight up.

Liquid Gold Dressing - Becoming Vegan by Davis & Melina

1/2 C of Flax Oil
1/2 C water
1/3 C lemon juice
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 C Bragg's Liquid Amino's or tamari
1/2 C Nutritional Yeast flakes
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp ground cumin

and I like to add about 1 or 2 garlic cloves

put everything into a blender and blend.

We also dredge marinated (braggs or soy sauce) tempeh in it and fry it up in pan.

Over pasta and popcorn

straight out of the bag!

www.veganlunchbox.com
this has an amazing, AMAZING, vegan nacho cheese recipe using nutritional yeast. Look for it under the recipes or buy the book. We put this on burritos, tortillas, dip veggies in it.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by nonconformnmom View Post
My kids love to sprinkle it on their mashed potatoes. And when I say "sprinkle", I really mean "dump". After they've put the yeast on, it's difficult to find the potatoes!
Great idea!
post #16 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jane-t-mommy View Post
I use it:

Over popcorn
On pasta
As a replacement for parm cheese in pesto (really really really yummy!!!)
as an ingredient in soup (about 1/3-1/2 cup) in big pot

The one cavaet I've heard is that it is high in iron, so should be kept away from kids (for possible OD concerns), and not eaten with too much wild abandon!
Thanks for the tips! In soup would be great!!!
post #17 of 17
I mix up a concoction of braggs, yeast, pepper, olive oil and a bit of water (to a saucy consistency) and my DD love dipping everything and anything into it.

I put it on my salad every night (with Olive oil and braggs)

I also make a "fried yeast tofu" with the same 3 ingredients (braggs, yeast, and Olive oil) and my DD loves that too.

popcorn
gravy
on greens

I use it whenever I can - i am hopelessly addicted to it! There is actually a nutritional yeast cookbook out there...i have it but hardly ever use it although there are some good recipes in there I'd like to try.
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