I recently came across nutritional yeast in a recipe and found myself at the store going…what the what? I was looking at the little packets of dry active yeast thinking that was probably a bad idea, and my husband wasn’t sure either. So I started googling it on my phone. After unraveling the mystery, nutritional yeast has become a newly discovered favorite health food in my home. As the name suggests, it’s packed with nutrition. Below I’ll cover what it is, the health benefits, uses, where to buy, and how to use it in delicious cheesy sausage & brussels sprouts!
What is nutritional yeast?
Nutritional yeast is a yeast grown on molasses and then harvested and dried with heat to deactivate it. It’s not the same as brewer’s yeast like in beer, or any kind of baking yeast (like I thought about buying). Baking yeast is active, which is why it makes food rise and is, well, gross tasting on its own.
What are the health benefits?
Nutritional yeast is full of B-vitamins including B-12, which most people are deficient in. It contains all 18 amino acids and is a complete protein. It has 80 calories per tablespoon. Nutritional yeast contains 4 grams of fiber per serving and also has folic acid. Not bad for a few little flakes!
What can you do with it?
Nutritional yeast has a tasty cheesy flavor and the possibilities for using it are endless. You can add it as the cheese for homemade macaroni and cheese or mix it in with your mashed potatoes or grits. It can be used like parmesan on your pizza and pasta. Or you could sprinkle it on popcorn or mix it into your scrambled eggs. It’s great on veggies (think broccoli and cauliflower) and I’ve also included a scrumptious recipe below for cheesy sausage & brussels sprouts!
Where can I find it?
I was not able to find nutritional yeast at my neighborhood grocery store but it was available from my nearest health food store. They had it in a canister, which is how I purchased it, and also in the bulk bins section where you measure out your own portion to buy. Alternatively, you can always count on Amazon!
Cheesy Sausage & Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Behold, cheesy without the cheese! This is a great “throw it all in a pan” entree for a weeknight. It’s spicy, cheesy, comforting, filling, OH, and healthy too! Hope you’ll give it a try. It doesn’t disappoint!
- 12 oz brussels sprouts, rinsed, ends removed, halved
- 1 small onion, diced
- ½ lb smoked turkey sausage, sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ⅛ c nutritional yeast
- ⅛ c water
- dash cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Add brussels sprouts and cook about 5 min.
- Add onion and sausage. Cook until sausage is starting to brown.
- Add salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. A little cayenne goes a long way!
- Add nutritional yeast and water and stir around until mixture is covered with the yeast and all is heated through.