What is nutritional yeast and how do you use it?

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Have you ever heard of nutritional yeast? If you are like most people, you may have seen it on the grocery store shelf, or heard about it but never actually tried it. In fact, you probably are wondering what exactly is nutritional yeast, and how do you use it? Why should you use nutritional yeast?

In this post I will answer all three of these questions.

1. What on earth is nutritional yeast? Well the short definition direct from the bottle is: Provides great-taste and nutrition when added to a wide variety of foods and recipes. Makes a delicious seasoning when sprinkled on most foods, especially salads, vegetables, potatoes, rice, pasta and even popcorn! Add to soups, dips, spreads, cereals, juices and smoothies for added flavor and nutrition. It’s ‘cheese-like’ flavor makes it a great low-sodium, cholesterol-free, addition to recipes and foods. Despite the word “yeast” in it’s name, nutritional yeast does not contain yeast, so no it won’t make bread rise and yes you can still have it even if you can’t have other kinds of “yeast”. It also will not cause candida, other yeast induced problems. It is also a great source of B12, so if you are like me and you don’t eat red meat, then cooking with nutritional yeast, can be one way to up your B12 intake. In someways nutritional yeast, is both a supplement and a spice you can cook with.

2. How do you use nutritional yeast? Personally I like to use it in recipes as a replacement for cheese or a similar sauce or flavoring. I use it as main ingredient in my gluten free and dairy free macaroni and cheese as well as in several other recipes. I’ve found that it ads a nice “cheesy” flavor to soups and egg omelets as well. Any recipe where you might use cheese, you can use nutritional yeast instead. It’s funny because even though it has no milk in it, it still has a cheese like taste and because it’s orange, you can trick children into thinking there is cheese in something, when there isn’t. It’s only nutritional yeast. Warning: Don’t use it with anything cold like smoothies, salads, cereals, or other similar items. It’s gross that way. Even though you may want the nutritional benefits, it really only tastes good, when used with hot recipes and food that you cook.

3. Why should you use nutritional yeast? Well I touched on one reason in number 1, because it has a lot of vitamin B12 and can help with a vitamin B12 deficiency. However, there are several other good reasons to use this awesome powder. First, you can use it has a replacement for cheese and this is great when cooking for children who are used to cheese but have to give up dairy. Second, it’s an inexpensive way to add favoring without salt, sugar or fat. Third, it is good for you.

What other comments or questions do you have about nutritional yeast? Post them below.

How to Cook Cabbage

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Have you ever wondered how to cook cabbage and make it taste delicious? I’ve been surprised at how many people have told me ever since I began doing health coaching how many people claim to have never eaten cabbage. Yet cabbage is great green vegetable that is very good for you and can be cooked in a variety of ways. One of the more common uses that many people are familiar with is coleslaw. However, when preparing coleslaw the cabbage is raw. Personally I’m not a big fan of eating cabbage in this way, I prefer to eat my cabbage cooked. Here are some tips and recipe ideas on how to cook cabbage.

1. Slice the cabbage into thin pieces. I recommend using a slicer or chopper rather than a knife. This makes it easier for you to make the pieces small enough that you can cook them thoroughly without overcooking.

2. Then put the pieces in a pan with just enough water to cover them and cook until the cabbage is just barely tender.

3. You can also cook larger pieces of cabbage and use them like you would a piece of lettuce to create cabbage wraps instead of lettuce wraps. Pretty much anything that tastes good in a lettuce wrap will taste good in a cabbage wrap too.

Here are some of my favorite recipes and meals that use cabbage.

Saute cabbage with onions and chicken and some olive oil then eat with brown rice or quinoa

Add cabbage to your chicken soup. It can use used to create a thicker chicken soup without noodles.

Cook it in a crockpot with chicken, potatoes, carrots and onions for a nice Sunday evening or really anytime evening meal.

Serve with potatoes and salmon.

Cook with red onions, carrots, mushrooms and spinach in some olive oil for a nice vegetable stir fry. You can also serve over brown rice or quinoa.

Make some mashed potatoes and then fill larger pieces of cabbage with the potatoes and eat them like a cabbage wrap.

What other ways have you cooked and enjoyed your cabbage? Share with me in the comments below.

How to Cook Brussel Sprouts

How to Cook Brussel Sprouts

Do you eat Brussel Sprouts? I didn’t eat them for over 20 years because I had an experience eating them when I was about 9 years old when they tasted really gross and so for years I thought that I hated Brussel Sprouts. However, a few years ago I decided to try them again and was surprised at how delicious they can taste. I’ve realize that Brussel Sprouts are one of those vegetables that depend on how they are cooked to taste good. In this post I want to share some ideas on how to cook Brussel Sprouts and make them taste delicious.

My favorite recipe for cooking Brussel Sprouts is the following:

1. Saute them in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and some water with some chicken until about 3/4 cooked. Then add in 2-3 drops of wild orange essential oil and finish cooking. You can also serve them with some red potatoes or quinoa. If you don’t have wild orange essential oil you can add in 1-2 slices of orange or a tablespoon of orange juice for the added orange flavor. If you want to try the wild orange essential oil, contact me and I can get you some.

I also really like to cook Brussel Sprouts with salmon and some lemon. You can also try cooking them with coconut oil instead of olive oil. I find that using one of the oils and adding in some orange or lemon flavor really adds to the flavor and taste. You can try using other meats as well but I’ve found that the combination with chicken tastes the best. Plain Brussel Sprouts in water are really not very good and will make you less likely to want to eat them again. You can also do a stir fry with them and add in peppers, onions, broccoli and other vegetables.

What ideas do you have on how to cook Brussel Sprouts and make them taste delicious? Share them in the comments below.