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  • 15th May 2014

    Nutritional Yeast


    For those of you who haven’t heard of nutritional yeast, you are missing out on a tasty savoury addition to your diet!  It varies from the yeast used when you make bread or beer as it is inactive and has no leavening ability.  It is a single celled organism that is grown on molasses, harvested, washed and dried with heat.  Sounds technical but it is super good!  It has a particular smell and you can almost imagine what it tastes like.

    Nutritional yeast is high in folic acid, selenium, zinc and protein.  It is also very high in B vitamins (especially B12)….a particularly important vitamin to everyone, not just us plant eaters.  Just to add to this, it is low in fat and gluten free!  Winning on all accounts!  For those of you who have no idea where to find it at Nana's, just ask the crew behind the counter and they will be more than happy to get it for you to have a look, smell and buy some to have a try of.  It is nice and cheap and a really cool ingredient.

    But… to use it I hear you ask?  Well, it can basically be used in any recipe that would normally call for cheese.  You can sprinkle it on top of pasta, throw some into mash potato for a cheesy taste, mix with freshly popped corn or use it on top of home made pizza made into a ‘cheese sauce’, my personal favourite.   

    So, for this weeks recipe I am going to mix it up a bit!  Something that everyone loves…pizza…however this one is completely vegan, healthy and mainly green!  Topped with the ‘cheesy sauce’ it will have you tossing out the cheddar and reaching for the flakes of gold (I can hope so anyway!). Grab some nutritional yeast from Nana's and give it a go!  Enjoy! 


    Green Pizza with Cheesy Sauce


    Pizza base – (Thin base…however if you want a thick base or a super big pizza just double the ingredients)

    1 tablespoons of olive oil

    Half teaspoon of salt

    One and a third cups of wholemeal flour

    Three quarters of a teaspoon of instant yeast

    Put all the ingredients into a food processor with a half cup of warm water. Wazz up.  Knead out for about five minute, place in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel in a warm place for about 45min.  After this time, roll out to make your pizza base, whatever shape you like.  

    (I got told by someone once to let your dough rise in the garage of your house as it is usually nice and hot…it works well!)

    Pizza Toppings 

    Tomato paste


    Basil leaves

    Green capsicum




    Add as much as you like but I load mine up!  You can add whatever else you like too…I can not go past olives on pizza!

    Cheesy Sauce

    2 cups raw cashews, soaked for 4 to 6 hours in water 

    2 Tablespoons lemon juice 

    Small clove of garlic 

    1/2 cup warm water, plus about another 1/4 cup for thinning 

    Two tablespoons of nutritional yeast!

    Combine all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth and put on top of your pizza.  Bake your pizza pie in the oven on about 180deg for about 20min.  YUMMO!!!  Pizza like you have never had it before!

    Nanas Pantry Nutritional Yeast Flakes

    Matt Grills


    Matt Grills

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