I used to be the biggest cheesehead. I’m not talking huge Green Bay Packers fan here.
I loved cheese and at one point in time, you might have found 5 different types of cheeses in my fridge in any given week. I’m not kidding. In fact, when I thought about going vegan, I of course uttered the likely phrase “but how will I give up cheese?”.
Now I’m like “cheese, schmeese.”
How did I give up cheese? Well, truth be told I read books. I got angry with cheese. I read articles and got even more upset with it. You mean to tell me that I love cheese so much because it has addictive qualities in it? You mean to tell me that cheese promotes cancer growth? Damn you cheese. But needless to say, some things are just better with cheese flavor. ie the ever loved mac & cheese. Now what? Give up mac and cheese and cheesy garlic bread forever?
Enter: Nutritional yeast.
Personally, I think it takes a bit getting used to the first time you use it – and of course not all brands are created equal! Not to mention it just sounds like one of those “weird vegan foods” that most people never hear about.
If you have heard about nutritional yeast before, do you really know what it is? Nutritional yeast is a yellow inactive yeast with a cheesy/nutty flavor. You can find it in two forms – powder and flakes, but the flakes are the only ones I have used. Now, I love adding nutritional yeast to recipes to up the cheesiness factor since us vegans choose not to eat artery clogging animal secretions. But what’s another reason to enjoy nutritional yeast as a vegan? It is really the only reliable source of vitamin B12 (short of taking a supplement), so shake on!
Curious to know what you can make with nutritional yeast? I’ll be whipping up a simple snack of Cheesy Salt & Pepper Kale Chips, but you can also toss it in your potatoes, macaroni, caesar dressing, Alfredo sauce, garlic bread and the list goes on. Remember, when shopping for nutritional yeast, which you can find on Amazon or in natural food stores (try the bulk bins or packaged by Bob’s Red Mill), you are not looking for baking yeast – totally not the same thing!
Cheesy Salt and Pepper Kale Chips
Do you use nutritional yeast and what is your favorite way to use it?