Many you have heard of it, many could be hearing it for the first time. I was knew to it a few years ago and creeped out completely when I finally gave in and bought it. See people said it gives everything a “cheesy” flavor and becoming a new vegan at the time only cheese tasted like cheese. The first recipe I tried with it which was kind of dumb on my part was mac and cheese. Yeah instead of using regular cheese I used a cup or so of this “nooch” stuff. Oh god did I gag, I couldn’t even force it down. I gave up on the stuff and then came across a few recipes that only called for a tbs or 2, a simple amount. I tried it and began to see how it gives it that cheesy flavor. By no means does it mimic sharp cheddar or fresh mozzarella like I first thought it would, it has it’s own unique taste that’s absolutely delicious. Not only is it a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium. For vegans most of them are fortified with B-12 which is also a plus!
I sprinkle this stuff on everything! Salads, popcorn, eggs, and pretty much every savory meal. I mix it with peanut butter sometimes to for an extra kick and trust me you don’t taste it, I’d gag again if it messed with my beloved peanut butter. This is one of my favorite recipes to use it in and I have this at least once a week in my house.
Cheezy Quinoa (serves 1; can easily be doubled/tripled)
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1.5 cups water
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbs nutritional yeast, plus more for sprinkling on top
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups kale, torn in pieces
1 cup broccoli
In a medium saucepan start by sauteing your garlic, once softened add the quinoa and water and give it a few stirs. Once the water is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked (15-20) stir in your nutritional yeast and salt. While quinoa is cooking in a separate pan saute your kale and broccoli until wilted and soft. Serve quinoa on top of the kale and broccoli and sprinkle with more nutritional yeast. (I used an extra tbs!) Enjoy.
What makes me happy: Bananas. Literally could eat 4 a day and have. The browner and grosser looking the better! Freezing them is my favorite, after a run in the summer I’d come home take a couple pieces out of the freezer and it really hits the spot! And banana soft serve?! the best. No I don’t walk around saying it taste like ice cream because it doesn’t but it sure taste delicious! I go to the reduced rack at the store and they take bananas that are just about to turn brown off shelves because “it looks bad”. Poor bananas, so I save them all for about 10cents/ lb. Can’t beat that.
woohoo my freezer stash for about a month:-)!
off to try and do a run! have a good thursday!