When I tell people that I’m (mostly) vegan, one of the first things that seems to pop into their heads is “What about Cheese!?” As a former cheese addict, I know how hard it can be to give it up, and as the theme of this blog is living without compromises, I went on the hunt for a good cheese substitute. I generally don’t consume many faux animal products, but for me, living without some kind of cheeze is not an option.
Enter Nutritional Yeast. The definition of nutritious and delicious, Nutritional Yeast is truly a game changer.
So what is it? I know the name sounds a bit off putting, but keep an open mind here!
Long version: Nutritional Yeast is a deactivated yeast (so it’s safe for anyone dealing with Candida/yeast overgrowth issues), full of nutrients and vitamins, including B12. It is a complete protein, and it comes in flakes and can be found in health food stores or in the health food section of your grocery store (I buy Bob Mill’s).
Short version: It’s the cheesy flavour you’ve been searching for, and it’s good for you!
There are so many ways to use it. I like to shake it over salads, sprinkle it on popcorn, or mix it in with tofu scrambles. You can also use it to make an AMAZING cheese dip! I got the recipe off of the back of the Bob Mill’s package, and I’ll list is below in case you buy a different brand.
I like to use this sauce with nachos, with noodles to make mac and cheeze (SO good), and on sandwiches. However, the options are endless, and in my opinion there isn’t much that can’t be made better with a helping of cheeze sauce!
Adding Nutritional Yeast to your tool box is one more way to enjoy a happy, healthy, compromise free diet. I hope you enjoy, and I’d love to hear from your about how you use it in your cooking
Bob Mill’s Cheeze Sauce
½ cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes
¼ cup Cornstarch
2 tbsp. Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Yellow Mustard
½ cup Vegetable Oil
Whisk the dry ingredients into 1 cup of water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat and whip in oil and mustard. Put back on the heat and slowly add add 1 cup of water. Cook until thick and bubbly. Use for pizza, lasagne, nachos, or dip.
Seriously, you need to make this- it is amazing!