“Nutritional Yeast- what is this stuff?” you ask. Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast with a delicious cheesy, nutty, robust flavor. A similar inactive yeast is Brewer’s Yeast (labeled Imported Yeast in the pictured brand). I use either nutritional or brewer’s yeast in several of my posted recipes including my nacho cheese and tofu scramble. You can also use these yeasts for extra savory flavor in soup, sauces, veggie stir fry, tofu, over popcorn, or in a salad dressing.
Nutritional Yeast and Brewer’s Yeast are both high in… yes, you guessed it, nutrients! They are complete proteins, meaning that they have all of the essential amino acids that our bodies don’t produce. In addition to being high in protein, nutritional and brewer’s yeasts are great sources of B vitamins, fiber, iron, and potassium.
Nutritional yeast has a light cheddar flavor while Brewer’s yeast has a stronger, more robust, taste.
I use both yeasts interchangeably, as either one tastes good in recipes, but there is a slight variation in taste.
Nutritional Yeast and Brewer’s Yeast can be found at local healthy grocery stores or ordered online.