Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Vegan MoFo - September 11th - Spotlight on... Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast which is sold in the form of flakes or powder. It can be found in most health food stores and online (I bought my first tub from Amazon), and can be added to many savoury dishes.

 

Nutritional yeast is a complete protein, and offers a source of B-vitamins (except B12) – it can also be found fortified with added B12. I’ve recently bought my first box of B12 yeast (not yet opened) but I’m guessing it will taste the same.

 


The flavour is strong so I wouldn’t recommend trying it on it’s own until you’ve cooked with it first. It has a cheesy, nutty flavour so it’s great for making cheesy sauces – we often have it in Mac ‘n’ Cheese. (Although I also have it just sprinkled on top of stuff in place of cheese - hubby doesn't like this though.) It’s good in scrambled tofu, as it gives it that extra flavour and also soaks up some of the water that come out of the tofu – it makes it a bit more like scrambled eggs. Apparently it’s also good on popcorn but I am yet to try that! (Maybe that should be a post in the near future…)

 

I used to think that Nutritional Yeast was territory only discovered by veggies and the health-conscious but when speaking to a non-veggie friend a few days ago, she told me that she likes to sprinkle her kale chips with nutritional yeast! It seems word is spreading! And that’s what has inspired tonight's recipe…

 

Kale Chips

 

1 bag chopped kale

Seasonings (mix and match between salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, powdered garlic, Cajun spices… anything you fancy – I’ve even read about people having their kale chips drizzled with a bit of sweet agave nectar!)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Tip the bag of kale onto a rimmed baking tray (or two if you don’t have one large enough).
  3. Sprinkle with seasonings and toss to coat.
  4. Cook for 10-15 minutes until crispy – you will need to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

You can add a tablespoon of olive oil if you fancy it, just toss it in with the seasonings. It does give the chips another layer of flavour and can help them to crisp up so it’s completely up to you!


8 comments:

  1. I love nooch!! I'll have to try the popcorn thing, sounds good :)

    I also need to try making my own kale chips...

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    1. Yeah I need to get round to trying it on popcorn! Kale chips are yummy :D

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  2. I use the "blue nooch" as well - really yum. Even omnihusband likes huge amounts of it on top of his veg-bolognaise. I've never made kale chips though..

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    1. Hehe, my husband doesn't like the smell of it when it's not been cooked so I don't think he'll be converted any time soon!

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  3. My Boyfriend isn't vegan but he loves nooch, this makes me seriously happy!... appart from when there is no nooch left for mac n cheese.....

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    1. Lol, I hate it when that happens! Specially when you THINK you have some left and then... Big disappointment!

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  4. I love nooch! I don't know what I'd do without it! :)

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