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Nutritional yeast is a vegan substitute, which is now a lot of talk, but what is it? Nutritional yeast can serve as a cheese substitute for vegans who want to add a little flavor to your favorite dishes.

Supplement with cheese flavor is gaining popularity among Neverov, especially among followers of metadata. Many consumers use vegan substitutes as a means to control the state of ketosis, and to strengthen the immune system and supply the body with vitamins and minerals, but what about its use with food?

What is nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a product containing deactivated yeast, it has become popular due to its taste reminiscent of cheese. Yeast for millennia, used for making bread, but the method is the use of nutritional yeast is different, as this form of candida albicans is inactive.

Nutritional yeast can be a truly magical ingredient for those who avoid eating foods of animal origin. Nutritional yeast is a superfood, with which you can simulate the taste of Parmesan, mozzarella and even cheesy sauces such as Alfredo.

This substitute has several healthy properties. It contains a range of B vitamins, protein and zinc, it protects the body from oxidative damage and may even lower cholesterol levels in the blood, making its popularity constantly growing. It contains amino acids, thus, it is useful for people seeking to build muscle and boost endurance. In addition, it is known for its properties to improve the immune system and protect against cancer.

Than nutritional yeast different from other kinds of yeast

First of all, nutritional yeast is deactivated. While most types of yeast by using candida albicans fungus, edible yeast using sweet substances. For growing this species of yeast commonly used products, such as sugar cane molasses and beet sugar. This method achieves a nutty and cheesy flavor, thanks to which nutritional yeast so well-suited to many recipes. Because these yeasts are empty, they do not cause foaming and will not be subject to certain conditions, to grow like baking yeast.

In addition, in contrast to another varieties of deactivated yeast — beer — nutritional yeast does not have a bitter taste and aftertaste.

As far as they like cheese?

For those who are thinking about how cheesy flavor of this substitute is really similar to the taste of this cheese, we can say that nutritional yeast can replace the usual cheese in almost all cases where it is required. Yeast can even mimic the taste of sour cream and you can easily prepare a product like the pesto and season them to dress pasta. In many cases, for making cheese sauces such as Nacho cheese with nutritional yeast, needs only a little work with blender and a bit of cooking, a great sauce for nachos and burritos will be ready.

How to add nutritional yeast in your daily meals

Adding this ingredient to daily meals is not require a blender and mix while cooking. There are several ways to add it to food without any extra effort.

In the form of topping

This substitute can be used as a topping. With the cheese taste, it goes well with popcorn and chips.

Sprinkle roasted vegetables

Just as many people add cheese to broccoli and cauliflower, nutritional yeast can be added to grilled and steamed vegetables.


Now you can find a range of supplements which include nutritional yeast, but you may have to search a little to find the most effective ones. Nutritional yeast included in the composition of some chewy sweets and tablets.

Recipes with nutritional yeast

Despite the fact that nutritional yeast is one of the most versatile vegan substitutes, it is not so easy to find for them the best solutions and methods of application. In this section you will find some delicious recipes that use this vegan substitute, giving the cheese flavor.

Vegan omelets with cheese flavor

Most vegans don’t want to think about eating eggs for Breakfast may not be out of the question, but scrambled eggs can be cooked using nutritional yeast, hummus, and tofu.


  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 140 g (5 oz.) dense silky tofu, you should give it to drain and Pat dry
  • 2 tbsp of hummus
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F).
  • Carefully chop the garlic.
  • Heat in a pan or skillet with olive oil and add the chopped garlic. Fry for about two minutes.
  • After the garlic becomes Golden color, transfer it to a food processor along with other ingredients — tofu, hummus, corn starch, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast. If the mixture will be runny, add a few teaspoons of water.
  • In a skillet or on a griddle, fry in oil with sliced onions and peppers, add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove the vegetables from the frying pan and if necessary add more oil.
  • Put into a pan a quarter of the number of vegetables onlynow and flatten the mixture over the entire surface to cover the bottom thinly.
  • When a spatula or spoon smooth the surface of the omelet, so there are no irregularities with the exception of vegetables.
  • Cook the omelette on medium heat for five minutes. When the edges begin to acquire brown — time to move on to the next stage.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes.
  • Then remove it from the oven and fold the omelet using the spatula. Serve with remaining steamed vegetables.
  • Vegan chips Kale with the taste of cheese

    They contain a lot of nutrients, combining a rich set of vitamins Kale with nutritional properties of this yeast species. This dish is good because it’s the same crunch as traditional chips kettle — cooked chips with no oil, products of processing of animals or gluten that is usually found in sneko of this kind.


    • 1 bunch Kale, torn
    • 2 tbsp olive oil extra-virgin
    • 3/4 Cup nutritional yeast
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • 1/3 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1/3 Cup raw cashews
    • 2 tsp soy sauce


  • First, preheat oven to 90°C (200°F).
  • Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Whisk the olive oil with the cashews in a food processor, so that the mixture became thick.
  • Then add the remaining ingredients and beat until complete mixing.
  • Pour the cheese mixture into a bowl and dip there hands Kale so that each piece was covered with it from all sides.
  • Place Kale on a baking sheet and cook for one hour, or until until all the chips will not stay wet.
  • Pour the chips out of Kale in a bowl and serve once they are cool enough you can eat.
  • Creamy Alfredo pasta with vegan Parmesan

    In Italian cuisine often uses such a non-vegan egg ingredients with rich flavor, like eggs, cheese and cream, however, with nutritional yeast you can prepare meals in the Italian style, such as pasta without using these traditional products. This dish also contains vegan Parmesan with nutritional yeast for a cheese flavor.

    Ingredients for pasta:

    • 1 package vegan pasta
    • 2 cups finely chopped cauliflower
    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 1 cube vegan vegetable broth
    • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
    • 1/3 Cup cashews
    • 1/3 tsp salt
    • 1 3/4 Cup water


  • Place cauliflower, vegetable broth, yeast and all other ingredients in a large pot.
  • Cook ingredients for three minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
  • Place the prepared Alfredo sauce in a blender and blend until it reaches a thick consistency similar to the consistency of a traditional Navaginskaya Alfredo.
  • At this time, cook the pasta following the instructions on the package.
  • Pour the pasta sauce from the blender and serve with vegan Parmesan cheese.
  • Ingredients for the vegan Parmesan:

    • 3/4 Cup raw cashews
    • 1/4 Cup nutritional yeast
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp of garlic powder


  • Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until the consistency starts to resemble Parmesan.
  • Serve with Linguini, the rest can be placed in an airtight container and store in the fridge. This Supplement with a nutty cheesy flavor and can be used for pizza and also for other types of pasta such as baked pasta.
  • This article was written by staff writer iHerb.