Fact or Fad? Nutritional Yeast is Good For Me….
FACT!!!The origin and use of nutritional yeast dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Although its recent popularity may seem like a trend to many, flavoring foods with this golden flaky stuff is….well, ancient. Nutritional yeast is grown on molasses and is loaded with B vitamins! It contains 16 different amino acids (needed for building muscle), at least 14 minerals and 17 vitamins. Just 2 Tablespoons contains only 60 calories, a whopping 9 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. The best part? It actually tastes good! Many describe it as having a savory, nutty, cheesy flavor when added to food. I think it is the healthy version of msg! Bon Appetite calls it, “Nature’s Cheeto Dust”; well said! Add it to vegetable dishes, casseroles, pasta, or sprinkle over popcorn. It’s an incredible flavor enhancer and deserves a spot in your pantry! I made this Amazing Roasted and Charred Broccoli dish with lots of nutritional yeast, even finishing it off with a bit more before serving. All you need to do is chop 1 bunch broccoli, separating stems and florets, roast the stems and char the florets in a dry cast iron skillet. Throw in some coarsely chopped peanuts, 1/2 tsp sugar, 2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast and some salt and pepper.
Amazing Roasted & Charred Broccoli with Peanuts
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- 1 bunch broccoli, ends trimmed and stems and florets separated
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup unsalted or lightly salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, plus more for serving
- Preheat oven to 450°. Slice broccoli stems about ¼” thick. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, toss with olive oil, and season with kosher salt and pepper. Gather up loose pieces of left-behind florets and finely chop. Roast stems until browned around edges, 15–20 minutes. Add vinegar; toss to coat.
- Meanwhile, heat a dry medium skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Add florets. Season with kosher salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until bright green and lightly charred in spots, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low; add peanuts and sugar. Cook, stirring, until nuts are golden brown. Stir in 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast; season again.
- Serve broccoli stems and florets topped with sea salt, and more yeast.
Adapted from bonappetite.com
Adapted from bonappetite.com
Time savers: I serve with something easy like crockpot chicken and rice. You could serve with a store bought rotisserie chicken and instant brown rice. The peanuts provide protein, so for a vegetarian meal, skip the chicken and just serve with rice! Use a dishwasher-safe mini food processor to chop the peanuts.something you may not know: According to Professor Piet van den Brandt, a project leader in a study for nut consumption and epidemiologist, said in a press release that a lower mortality was already observed at consumption levels of 15 grams of nuts or peanuts on average per day (half a handful)”. Nuts are rich in essential nutrients like fiber, protein, minerals, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and antioxidants. Epidemiologic studies associate nut consumption with a reduced incidence of coronary heart disease and gallstones as well as diabetes in women,” and “studies consistently show that nut intake has a cholesterol-lowering effect. If you feel overwhelmed by all the nutrition advice, calorie recommendations and diet trends, read these: Fact. Not Fad., Let’s Crunch Numbers!, Help Me To Help You!
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