Nutritional yeast

What is it?

Nutritional yeast is vegetarian, vegan, sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free.

“Nutritional yeast is produced from a single-celled organism, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which is grown, harvested, washed, and dried with heat to deactivate it. Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of protein and vitamins, especially B-complex vitamins, and it is a complete protein.”

“Nutritional yeast is also an excellent source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, chromium, selenium, and other minerals as well as 18 amino acids, protein, folic acid, biotin, and other vitamins.”

“It is deactivated yeast – meaning it’s not going to grow and get frothy, or make bread rise – and it’s known for it’s cheesy, nutty, and sometimes creamy flavor. It’s free of sugar, dairy, and gluten…”

How is it used?

“Vegans and vegetarians use this in place of cheese in many recipes, as a topping for popcorn, and as a way to get additional vitamins in their diet.”

“For a great-tasting nutritious snack, sprinkle it liberally over hot popcorn.   Use it as a seasoning for salads, vegetables, potatoes, rice, sauces, gravies, soups, casseroles, sandwiches, and spreads.  Sprinkle it over spaghetti and other pasta, pizza, or other dishes as a healthful replacement for grated cheese.”

“And don’t worry about the yeast fermenting in your gut. It’s deactivated, so it will not give you the bloat.”

Recipes

Dairy-free Avocado Cashew Creamy Dip

Spicy and Cheesy Kale Chips

Celery Root “Cheese” Sauce

Tangy Marinade/Dressing

Cashew Cheese and Pomegranate Filled Acorn Squash

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

References

http://thepaleolist.com/2014/01/01/is-nutritional-yeast-paleo/

http://janeshealthykitchen.com/nutritional-yeast/#.U9e3pPldVr8

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/08/03/20-great-ways-to-use-nutritional-yeast/

http://www.bragg.com/products/yeastFAQ.html

Coconut oil for everyone

I use coconut oil for oil-based cooking almost exclusively nowadays, and people keep asking me why. Here are some of the wonders of coconut oil:

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. Isn’t that bad? Maybe not. Not all fats are created equal, and coconut oil has many health benefits. From livingpaleo.com:

  • Supports healthy metabolism
  • Supports thyroid function
  • Supports heart health
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Assists in fat loss
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves skin appearance and elasticity
  • Helps treat Candida and yeast infections
  • Improves cholesterol levels
  • Assists in killing off viruses
  • Helps kill bacteria
  • Relieves symptoms of diabetes
  • Has proven anti-tumor effects

(Be sure to use virgin coconut oil, which hasn’t been hydrogenated.)

This doctor ditched all other cooking oils and uses coconut oil exclusively, citing studies and the omega-3-omega-6 ratio. Check out these recipes if you need convincing about the fabulousness of coconut oil:

And this blog is full of recipes and resources for Paleo eating.

Please share your favorite coconut oil discoveries with me!