Vancouver has quickly become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to fine dining. Now, we don’t mean fine dining as in lit candles, fancy waiters, and white linens (we have that, too). We’re simply referring to food that is just undeniably good: well made and absolutely delicious.
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.