Monday, 10 March 2014


I'm a cheese lover from way back & it has been "a work in progress" eliminating dairy products from my diet; the emotional ties to Dairy are obviously deeply rooted & occasionally the addiction still kicks in!
Nutritional Yeast has to be one of my favorite ingredients to play with in a recipe; it has that magic power that gives food the cheesy flavor that I might be hankering for, at the time! Through the years I have taste tested a number of different brands and my favorite is the Red Star Brand. You can sprinkle nutritional yeast on salads, soups, use it in dehydrated crackers, kale chips, cheese sauces and more.
  • A terrific food, providing nutrition including Vitamin B12, enhancing flavor, and adding taste to your favorite meals and drinks.
  • An excellent source of protein (52%), containing essential amino acids. Gluten Free.
  • Rich in vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins. An excellent source of folic acid, which is important for formation, growth, and reproduction of red blood cells.
  • Commonly known as T6635+ Vegetarian Support Formula™. This yeast is easy to use and blends well with liquids. It can be used in almost any recipe and in small amounts will enhance the flavor.
  • Grown specifically for its nutritional value. Naturally low in fat.

                           Nutritional Yeast Information gathered from the Internet

Red Star® nutritional yeast is an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Lesaffre Yeast Corporation derives its primary grown nutritional yeast from pure strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae grown on mixtures of cane and beet molasses. After the fermentation process is completed the yeast is harvested, thoroughly washed, pasteurized, and dried on roller drum dryers. The special growth medium and unique drying process are the secrets to the exceptional performance and flavor of Red Star® nutritional yeast.
Red Star® nutritional yeast is grown specifically for its nutritive value. In addition to protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, it contains additional functional and beneficial components such as beta-1,3 glucan, trehalose, mannan and glutathione. Studies have show that these components have potential health benefits such as, improved immune response, reduction of cholesterol, and anti-cancer properties. Red Star® nutritional yeast is not made from by-products of breweries, distilleries or paper mills. Red Star® nutritional yeast is not a genetically modified organism (GMO). Red Star® nutritional yeast contains no added sugars or preservatives. Best when stored in a cool, dry place.

      B-Complex Vitamins

The B-complex vitamins are essential to the wellness of body, mind, and spirit. Thiamin (B1) deficiency can lead to hand and foot numbness as well as damage to the central nervous system. Vegetarians, diabetics, and women taking birth control pills are highly susceptible to Riboflavin (B2) deficiency. Niacin (B3). Pyridoxine (B6) is needed for the production of antibodies and red blood cells, and promotes a normal functioning nervous and musculoskeletal system. Cyanocobalamin (B12) helps prevent nerve damage and anemia, aids in cell and blood formation, proper digestion, fertility and growth. This vitamin is also helpful during pregnancy and lactation. Vegetarians and immune compromised individuals are the most at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.

History of Yeast

Yeast belongs to the same family as edible mushrooms and the beneficial organisms used for medical and veterinary use. It may be considered man¹s oldest industrial micro-organism. With the invention of the microscope, it became possible to isolate yeast in pure culture form. The pioneering scientific work of Louis Pasteur in the late 1860’s has resulted in the ability today to commercially produce baker’s yeast, wine yeast, and nutritional yeast. LesaffreYeast Corporation has been delivering consistent high quality yeast products for over 100 years. For more than 50 of those years, the company has been manufacturing primary grown nutritional yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), grown specifically for its nutritional value. The result has been a high quality product containing protein composed of essential and non-essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.

                                                                Types of Yeast

Nutritional Yeast Vegetarian Support Formula™ by Red Star® (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is a primary grown nutritional yeast grown specifically for food nutritional benefits. Active dry Yeast is made from cream yeast. It is a raising agent used in baked goods.Brewers Yeast is a bitter by-product of the brewing industry that has a high nutritional profile, but typically not as high as Red Star®  Nutritional Yeast which is grown for maximized food nutritional benefits

Here's A Great Easy Recipe; Raw Almond Parmesan

This is a wonderful easy staple to make and keep in the fridge.  It is perfect for sprinkling on ANY salad.  I highly recommend that you remove the skins from the almonds to give it that pure white color, just like parmesan cheese.  Plus, it makes it easier to digest.  The nutritional yeast gives the parmesan that slight “cheesy” hit.  You can always add more if you want to give it a stronger flavor.  Enjoy.

Ingredients: yields 2 cups

  • 1 cup raw almonds,soaked & skinned
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. In the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, combine the almonds, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and salt.  Pulse till the almonds break down to small bits.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-4 weeks.

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