Are you using nutritional yeast yet in your cooking? You should! It’s delicious and nutritious and you will feel so righteous using it too;)

You’ll be all like ‘Would you like some nutritional yeast with that?’ And your friends will say ‘What’s nutritional yeast?’ And then you’ll be all like, ‘You don’t know about nutritional yeast? Well, let me tell you!’ Also, if you want to be totally cool, call it ‘nooch’.

So what is nutritional yeast? It’s similar to the yeast used for bread, but it won’t make dough rise because it’s inactive. Nutritional yeast is pasteurized and dehydrated saccharomyces cerevisiae — the strain also known as baker’s yeast. I use Bob Mills brand which you can find in pretty much every grocery store now but to make it super easy, you can buy it right here through Amazon.ca. (Don’t you love Amazon? Delivered right to your door!)

Not only is the cheesy flavour of nutritional yeast is delicious, it’s really healthy for you too.  It has a decent source of protein and is fortified with vitamin B12. This is perfect if you are vegan/vegetarian and are trying to get enough B12 into your daily diet.

So, how does one use nutritional yeast? Well, if you’re my teen-aged daughter, you liberally sprinkle it on every single thing you eat for a cheesy flavour.

Or, try this amazing dressing that you will literally not be able to stop eating. This dressing is delicious on roasted veggies and all salads as well as chicken, fish, baked tofu, etc. etc. It’s from the Hollyhock Centre on Cortes Island. You can get their cookbook here.

Okay…here is the recipe:

Addictive Yeasty Dressing

3/4 cup nutritional yeast (must be nutritional yeast)
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup tamari sauce (tamari is gluten free)
1/3 cup raw apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp crushed garlic (I’m quite liberal with my garlic, 4-6 cloves;)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil (approximately… give or take)

Instructions:

Throw everything in a blender and blend. That’s it! This keeps in the fridge for a good 2 weeks. However, mine has never lasted that long because we ate it all up VERY quickly;)

Make some tonight and enjoy!!!!

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