Nutritional yeast is no longer a niche product that only hippies use. Also known as “nooch” (you know, the first syllable of “nutritional”), is a superfood that not only packs a punch in flavour, but also in versatility and nutrients.
For vegetarians and vegans, it is a common substitute for ingredients in dishes that would provide that cheesy, unctuous flavour, but its uses are not limited to being just a cheese replacement. Nutritional yeast carries a deep umami flavour, so in addition to being a crucial ingredient to vegan macaroni and cheese, it’s also great for amping dishes like scrambled “eggs.”
In addition to its versatility, though, what makes nutritional yeast a staple in the cupboards of vegetarians and vegans? Here, we delve into why it is such a beloved ingredient and how it went from niche to delicious nooch.