Nutritional yeast, affectionately called “nooch” by fans, is inactive yeast made from sugar cane and beet molasses. That may sound strange, but it is very similar to active yeast found in bread without the leavening ability. You can find it as flakes or powder in health food stores; be sure not to confuse it with brewer’s yeast, which tastes bitter. Vegans have latched onto this secret ingredient because it can be used as a cheese substitute in many recipes, due to its nutty, umami flavor. Nutritional yeast is high in B vitamins, so try swapping it for cheese to put a healthier spin on your meals. Sprinkle it on roasted veggies or popcorn, add it to eggs, or mix it into a vegan sauce. It is a versatile ingredient that can be used almost any way that Parmesan can.
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