Rather than providing a recipe this week, Rhonda and I wanted to share a way to obtain a cheesy flavor in foods without dairy cheese. Impossible, you say? We think you will be amazed and pleasantly surprised!
Here's a copy of Rhonda's notes on being able to achieve a cheesy flavor without dairy:
Hi friend, Rhonda here. Some think that using dairy is the only way to get that cheesy flavor we love. But there is indeed a better way! Here's how... Go to your local health food store and buy a container of "nutritional yeast" (make sure it is "nutritional" yeast; brewer's yeast is not the same thing). In many health food stores you can find nutritional yeast in bulk bins. Now, I realize that these two words “nutritional yeast” do not conjure up the thoughts of a cheesy flavor but I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Nutritional yeast is yellow in color and has a nutty, cheesy flavor. It is an inactive form of yeast and thus cannot be used for baking, but it is a favorite among many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Nutritional yeast has the additional benefit of adding a lot of nutrients to your foods also, because it is packed with nutrition, particularly B vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. It’s low in fat, gluten-free, and contains no sugars or preservatives. In addition, it is a source of vitamin B12. But in addition to its nutritional qualities, it provides a cheesy, nutty, and savory flavor to foods. Just a tablespoon or two can add richness to soups, salads, gravies, and other dishes. It can also be sprinkled on popcorn, garlic bread, or pasta for a cheesy flavor or even added to Hallelujah Herb Butter for a cheesy spread for bread or crackers.
Give it a try! Your taste buds will say “MMMM GOOD”!
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