Nutritional yeast (or nooch) is one of the only non-animal sources of vitamin B-12. It only takes 1/2-1 tbsp of nutritional yeast to get the daily requirement. Nutritional yeast is also a great source of iron, magnesium, zinc, chromium, 18 amino acids, protein and other vitamins.
Sprinkle the nooch along with a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt for a cheesy touch. Add other spices, such as garlic powder, thyme or paprika for an even greater party in your mouth.
Skip cheese and sprinkle a light layer of nutritional yeast onto your pizza. If you top a pizza with diverse textures and flavors, such as roasted vegetables, fragrant herbs and nutritional yeast, the cheese component is unnecessary.
Vegan Cheese Sauce
Nutritional yeast takes kale chips to a whole new level. Do it…. DO ITTTTTTT
You don’t miss parmesan because you’ve got nutritional yeast on top of your warm pasta!!!
Stir nooch into mashed potatoes, not only saving calories by nixing cheese but also cutting down on the sodium. Indeed, mashed potatoes can be healthy.
Nutritional yeast has been showing up in onion ring recipes, and for good reason. It helps to increase the nutritional benefit of onion ring batter and adds an edge to each bite. Make the baked fat-free onion rings featured on vegan blog My Whole Deal.
Want some added nutrition, crisp, and kick to a homemade version of baked French fries? Drizzle olive oil over cut root vegetables and then toss them in a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast.
Creamy Cooked Greens
Replace cream and cheese with a tablespoon or two of nutritional yeast and then watch as the bare spinach suddenly becomes decadently creamy and bold in flavor.
Vegan Queso Aiiiaiiiaiii
It’s Quick, it’s easy, I made it up on the spot!!!
1/4 green or red pepper chopped into small cubes
1/2 an onion finely chopped
a handful of mushrooms chopped into thick cubes
a splash of soy sauce or BRAGGS seasoning
pinch of paprika
pinch of cayenne
1 package of Daiya cheddar
- In a medium size heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat, and cook onions until soft and translucent.
- Add remaining vegetables and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add seasonings and Soy sauce or BRAGGS, cook for 2 mins.
- Place Daiya on top of vegetables and cover, letting it melt. on medium heat.
- Mix and serve hot or cold with tortilla chips or veggies!
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Cheese… this guilty pleasure is the number one reason why many individuals have such a hard time converting to veganism 100%. This creamy, savory, amazing brick of deliciousness was the hardest thing to give up 2 years ago, when I made the switch. I used to find myself hiding in my bedroom with a whole pizza; or would go two weeks without having it and then crash and eating an entire wheel of brie… it was sickening really. But nonetheless terribly, terribly hard to give up… Keep these tips in mind if you are a new vegan, finding yourself with cravings for cheese or other non vegan products. Having a great inner dialogue will help you to exercise willpower.
Why are you Vegan? It’s important to be clear on your reasons for giving up animal products. Spirituality or religion? Have you taken ethical position because of animal rights, or the environment? Or have you done this for health reasons- experimenting with the diet to reap the many benefits associated with eating a plant based diet? If it is the later, than I suggest beginning your venture into veganism with being predominantly vegan while enjoying without guilt, though perhaps only on special occasions, your favorite dishes. Pizza was my special treat two –three times a month when I was making the conversion.
For the first two reasons try this easy but effective strategy–it works well for cravings in general, especially those more unconscious ones (smoking, for instance). When a craving arises, look directly at it with your mind’s eye. Try to see what it looks like; its color, its shape, its texture. In shining the light of awareness on your craving, you’ll find that it has seemingly vanished. The more you practice this, the more effective it becomes in reducing cravings. Of course drinking a huge glass of water or nibbling on a vegan treat will help as well.
Learn how to substitute. With a little to no effort, you can make your own vegan cheeses from nuts, or purchase whole food alternatives like Daiya. Then use these in your favorite recipes. Voila, easy vegan nachos, pizza, grilled cheeses and poutine!!! The list really is endless. If you need creative inspiration just visit my Bitchin’ Recipes page. I am a firm believer in the fact that you do NOT have to give up your favorite dishes just because you go vegan. You will not have to say goodbye to these items forever, no quite the opposite, indulge and feel fantastic, the vegan way.