For those of you who don't know about what has become known as "nooch" in the vegan blogging world, you are missing something. Nooch is shorthand for nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast has been a vegan darling for decades. There are complete cookbooks dedicated to the stuff. The reasons vegans are crazy for nooch include the ample B-vitamins (even the allusive B12), high protein content, and the "cheesy/nutty" flavor. It is also very versatile stuff. For nutrition, you need to look for "Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula". What has amazed me over the past ten years is the number of omnis who have asked me about nooch and how to use it. Many people are sensitive or allergic to dairy so nooch is of interest to them so they can prepare "cheesy" dishes without the cow mammary secretions. Also, more and more people are becoming aware of the many reasons humans would not want to consume milk from a non-human animal, allergy or no allergy. But even if you eat dairy, nooch is a great food in its own right and you should give it a try.I was using some nooch the other day and thinking about how many things I use it for and what a wonderfully versatile food it really is. It is great for sauces, but also on popcorn, as a thickener in soups, sprinkled on pasta dishes as one would use Parmesan cheese, in the crust for calzones, on pizza, in grits, as an ingredient in crackers, and above in mashed potatoes and as a breading for fried tofu. We buy it by the 6 lb. container and it has a great shelf life, but we can go through the container in six to eight months. I recommend the flakes over the powder.
Someone (Rob) really needs to fix my poor camera! I mean the pictures have hit an all time low and they don't look this dark on the camera when I preview them...something is very, very strange. It probably has something to do with a 12 month old getting her hands on everything in the house. Last night I used the leftover Chickpea Gravy and made some mashed potatoes (with nutritional yeast), lightly fried some tofu, and sauteed the rest of our kale with garlic and olive oil. I also made a chocolate peanut butter smoothie with the rest of my Chocolate Nutriva Hemp Shake powder, leftover red grapes, leftover watermelon, chocolate rice milk, and crunchy natural peanut butter.