This vitamin-packed protein works on salads, pastas and so much more.

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Hmm, thanks for the tip! I did a lot of research into powders because the thought of all those nuts and beans made me ill. It's not common here to eat nutritional yeast, and I've never seen anyone else other than my wife put it on pierogi, but we absolutely love the combo, especially with pierogi ruskie. Kale is packed with calcium. Just something to keep in mind when picking out a powder.

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What is Nutritional Yeast and How to Use It

You can also add nutritional yeast raw to smoothies or salads, or sprinkle it over popcorn, stir into soup or toss into pasta. Because of its described flavor, nutritional yeast is often used as a replacement for cheese to create vegan dishes such as nacho dip and mac 'n' cheese. Nutritional yeast is a complete protein, meaning that among the 18 amino acids it contains, nine are essential ones that your body cannot produce. Nutritional yeast also provides the compounds beta-1,3 glucan, trehalose, mannan and glutathione, which are associated with enhanced immunity, reduced cholesterol levels and cancer prevention.

You get a significant dose of the minerals iron, selenium and zinc when you consume nutritional yeast as well and one serving of nutritional yeast provides about four grams of fiber. Nutritional yeast is a source of B vitamins, including thiamine, folate, B-6 and niacin.

Just a half tablespoon of some brands will provide you with a day's worth of B vitamins, while other brands offer between 30 and percent of B vitamins. These vitamins help you extract the energy from food and produce red blood cells. Many types of nutritional yeast are also fortified with vitamin B, which is usually found exclusively in animal products.

The things you won't find in nutritional yeast also make it a boon for your diet. It contains little sodium and fat. It's also gluten-free, so people who must avoid this protein found in wheat products can enjoy it. Additionally, nutritional yeast lacks Candida albicans, the type of yeast that aggravates the fungal infection known as candidiasis. It's free of dairy and soy as well. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onion and sauté for five minutes.

Add riced cauliflower to the pan and stir to coat with olive oil. Sauté for another five minutes. Add broth, garlic powder, salt and cook an additional five minutes. What foods go well with nutritional yeast? I'm addicted to the stuff and like to mix it in with all kinds of dishes.

Vegan mac and cheese gets a burst of healthy with the addition of nutritional yeast. I love mixing nutritional yeast in with rice and pasta dishes of almost any sort. There is one exception that I can think of, however. I don't like to mix it in with something containing tomato sauce. The tomato sauce seems to overpower it, so I don't see the point. That said, nutritional yeast does go well with actual tomatoes.

Whether as toast or as part of a sandwich, I love to sprinkle a little nutritional yeast on top of olive oil. When I'm in the mood for rice cakes rather than bread, I do the same thing on rice cakes. Well, I like nutritional yeast on various types of beans, and especially in rice or pasta dishes that include beans, but I also really love the simple dish of garbanzo beans plus nutritional yeast plus a little salt. Mixing nutritional yeast in place of cream in soup can help thicken it. My wife noted that she likes to use it in some soups and sauces in place of cream to thicken it.

Note that we aren't vegan, but simply prefer soups and sauces made like that sometimes. A little bit of nutritional yeast, maybe olive oil, and salt on some yellow or green beans is delicious. For some extra spunk, adding in a somewhat spicy mix as well is extra tasty we have some curry mixes we tend to use in this way. Adding nutritional yeast to scrambled tofu makes it especially tasty. I tend to forget this, but I really love some scrambled tofu, tomatoes and potatoes for breakfast or even just the scrambled tofu.

Mixing in some nutritional yeast makes it especially good. With its high calcium content, tofu is a great match for nutritional yeast. Tofu actually has about twice as much calcium per grams as milk and it doesn't turn around and leach that calcium from your bones. It's quite popular to sprinkle nutritional yeast on popcorn. It makes for a tasty and somewhat more nutritious snack. This is another simple dish but one I absolutely love.

I used to eat this all the time for lunch.

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