Kitchen

Who’s got the NOOCH?

OK, so I’m a little ashamed that I coyly referenced a song by Everything But The Girl, and even more ashamed that it wasn’t that coy, but in my current state of feeling achy and congested, cleverness escapes me.

As I am currently playing vegan coach to a budding vegan–this person wants to be a vegan, but feels they don’t have the discipline (not completely foreign territory)–I was recently asked about nooch. What is it? What’s the point?

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Any good vegan worth his or her sodium chloride knows that nooch, or nutritional yeast is the yellow flaky (sometimes powdery) stuff that can be used as an ingredient in many recipes, or a topping for many foods. It’s great in that it’s an excellent source of B-vitamins (including the elusive B-12, which vegan bodies just crave!). It’s a yeast that is allowed to culture for days at a time, before the yeast is deactivated, and then ‘processed’ and packaged. OK, it’s the one processed food I’ll actually endorse. But, hey, it’s awesome!

In addition to being Vegan and fortified with Vitamin B-12, Nooch, the good stuff anyway, is also <strong>Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Salt-Free, Sugar-Free, and Kosher Certified!</strong>

Initially, new herbivores use nooch as a topping on pastas as a replacement for parmesan cheese, as a seasoning on popcorn, or to add a little zest to meatless dishes. But, once you get the hang of vegan cooking, the nooch possibilities are endless!

I won’t claim to be a phenomenal cook–I mean, I can hold my own in the kitchen–so I’ve scoured the web (but mostly Pinterest) in search of <strong>12</strong> (I was going for a theme…you know, because of Vitamin B-12…) simple or creative recipes that incorporate our favorite little flakes. Happy nooching!

<ul>
<li><a href=”http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Bacon-With-A-Vegan_-Recipezaar”>Bacon With a Vegan!</a> by Food.com
<li><a href=”http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/10/cheezy-loaded-potato-broccoli-soup.html”>Cheezy Loaded Potato Broccoli Soup</a> by The Lunchbox Bunch
<li><a href=”http://ohsheglows.com/2011/04/29/royal-wedding-fun-easy-cheezy-crackers/”>Easy Cheezy Crackers</a> by Oh She Glows
<li><a href=”http://realsustenance.com/millet-cakes-glutensoycorn-free-vegan/”>Gluten Free Millet Cake</a> by Real Sustenance
<li><a href=”http://www.vegangela.com/2011/10/15/homemade-vegan-cheese/”>Homemade Vegan Cheese</a> by <strong>Vegangela</strong>
<li><a href=”http://militantvegancooking.blogspot.com/2011/07/grilled-nutritional-yeast-cheese.html”>Grilled Nutritional Yeast ‘Cheese’ Sandwiches</a> by Militant Vegan Cooking
<li><a href=”http://www.novicehousewife.com/2012/10/10/going-raw-day-2-day-3/”>Nutritional Yeast Dressing</a> by The Novice Housewife
<li><a href=”http://thespicyvegan.blogspot.com/2009/07/nutritional-yeast-tofu.html”>Nutritional Yeast Tofu</a> by <strong>The Spicy Vegan</strong>
<li><a href=”http://vegeangel.com/2012/02/12/vegetarian-recipe-vegan-fried-egg/”>Vegan Fried Egg</a> by Vege Angel
<li><a href=”http://www.veggieful.com/2012/07/vegan-pesto-pizza-recipe.html”>Vegan Pesto Pizza</a> by Veggieful
<li><a href=”http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/161258786/vegan-pumpkin-alfredo/”>Vegan Pumpkin Alfredo</a> by Christen F.
<li><a href=”http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2011/06/vegan-zucchini-frittata.html”>Vegan Zucchini Frittata</a> by FatFree Vegan Kitchen
</ul>
Have you tried any of these recipes? If so, please share your reviews!

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