nUTRITIONAL yeast is a nutty, cheesy-tasting condiment that’s packed with nutrients.
It’s a complete protein, so it contains all nine essential amino acids. In addition, nutri-tional
yeast contains lots of B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals like zinc and
selenium. Not bad for a small handful of inactive yeast!
Vegan “cheese” sauces often contain nutritional yeast (or “noosh”) for extra flavor. The
extra protein and B12 boost certainly doesn’t hurt, given B12 is one of the few nutrients that
a plant-based diet lacks. Sprinkle over popcorn or stir into soups or sauces for thickness
and extra umami flavor. Look for it in the baking or health food aisles of the grocery store.
mISO is a fermented soybean paste, standard in Asian cooking. Miso soup is pop-ular
in Japanese restaurants. Miso is a superb source of protein that packs a
punch with its meaty umami flavor.
Mix a tablespoon of miso with a quart or two of water on medium heat for
a tasty broth, and top with noodles and fresh veggies for a killer ramen. Or whip up a
sweet and tangy miso salad dressing to jazz up greens.
Miso can be found in the Asian aisle of the local grocery store.