Nutritional yeast is popular with vegans/vegetarians or just those who are health-conscious and is often used as an ingredient in recipes. As a reliable source of vitamin B12 (important for brain and immune system functions), nutritional yeast is often used as a dairy-free substitute for cheese because of its similarities in taste.
Health Benefits of Nutrtional Yeast Include:
- Kosher & GLUTEN FREE
- Dairy Free
- 18 different amino acids, making it a complete protein, with 8 grams of protein per serving (2 tbsp)
- Only natural animal-free source of the all-important B vitamins
- Helps maintain ideal intestinal ecology
- Helps improves blood production
- Helps in maintaining optimum cholesterol levels
- Helps improve liver health and function
Including Nutritional Yeast in Your Diet:
Besides the obvious health benefits of nutritional yeast, it is has a nutty and cheesy, making it a popular supplement for vegans and the health-conscious. Here are some delicious ways in which nutritional yeast can be included in your everyday diet:
- Use it as a topping for popcorn, instead of butter and salt.
- Put in on your scrambled eggs.
- Make a yeast “cheese” to adorn a vegan pizza or lasagna.
- Add to soup to give it a creamy taste without adding milk.
- Use it with fried or mashed potatoes.
- Can be used with gravies and sauces.
- Mix it with vinegar and oil and use as salad dressing.
Buying Nutritional Yeast:
Most health stores and some grocery stores carry nutritional yeast nutritional yeast and may be labeled as ‘savoury yeast flakes.’Nutritional yeast is sold both in packages, but more commonly seen sold in bulk bins.
that being said, DINNER TONIGHT….
Usually when it comes to making oatmeal, we think sweet (i.e. maple syrup, honey, berries, granola, dried fruit , nut butter). Although, as you all know by now, I can’t get enough sweet oatmeal/overnight oats for breakfast, I also love savoury oats.
The platter looks HUGE but trust me, its the perfect serving for one. Yes, even in my savoury oats, I enjoy toppings. I topped (or ‘sided’) with avocado, salsa, canned black beans, grilled corn kernels, and whole wheat crackers.
“Cheeezy” Fiesta Oats
Adapted from TasteSpace
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1/6 block vegetable bouillon cube
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- Dash or two of the little black dress of seasonings (see below)
- Mix oats, water, milk, and vegetable bouillon cube in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then slightly lower the heat. Allow oats to cook for approximately ~25 minutes, stirring occasionally. (*If you don’t have enough time to cook steel cut oats, you can replace it for regular oats and only cook for ~15 minutes)
- Once the oats are well cooked (steel cut oats will have a slightly chewier and al dente texture), add the rest of the ingredients and and cook for another 10 minutes, continuously stirring.
- 1/2 avocado fries (see below)
- 1/4 cup salsa
- Roasted corn kernels
- Whole wheat crackers
Cornmeal Baked Avocado Fries
- 1 avocado (peeled, cut length-wise into strips)
- 1/3 cup cornmeal (Panko Japanese bread crumbs would work too)
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp or sugar
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- Salt & pepper (to taste)
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg and cream together.
- In a different bowl, combine cornmeal, sugar, cayenne pepper, salt & pepper.
- Dip each slice of avocado into egg mixture and then into cornmeal mixture coating well.
- Bake for ~20-25 minutes