The most common question family + friends ask me is, “Holly, what the hell is nooch?”
Before you drop your healthy foodie jaw in utter shock, let me just say I can’t blame my loved ones for being scared of this vegan protein wonder.
Case in point: hooch, mooch, pooch, cooch (yeah, I said it) and nooch.
For starters, it’s just not in good rhyming company.
That’s okay however, because “nooch” is really just a pet name for what is more commonly known as nutritional yeast. Yes, I said yeast. Grown and cultured on enriched purified cane and beet molasses, this yellowish-hued yeast is then harvested, washed, dried and packaged.
When finished, it looks a little something like this…
You can get it in flakes (seen above) or a powder that looks oddly identical to cornmeal.
It’s vegan. It packs roughly eight grams of protein in two heaping tablespoons. It’s nutty, cheesy and yummy. And I love it. Not to mention, I can get hoards of it for cheap in the bulk bins of my local co-op.
Other health benefits of nutritional yeast?
- It’s a complete protein (meaning it has all the essential amino acids for human dietary needs)
- Good source of fiber
- Rich in the B-complex vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin + pyridoxine)
- Naturally low in fat + sodium
You’re probably saying to yourself, “Well Miss Everythingtarian, that’s just fabulous and all. But how do I actually USE this supposed wonder ingredient when cooking?”
Sprinkled over a veggie egg scramble…
As an extra cheesy layer of flavor on homemade English muffin pizzas…
In a batch of noochified hummus…
Atop a ginormous junk salad…
Other ways of enjoying the nooch: Mae’s Pizza Cheese, mixed with marinara sauce (hello vegan cheesy marinara!), Cheezy Kale Chips, sprinkled on popcorn, used in place of parmesan cheese…the proverbial foodie sky is the limit on this one.
Have I convinced you to go buy some yet?
So, tell me…
Are you a fan of the nooch? What are some of YOUR favorite ways to eat it?
Off to pack before moving my lil’ sissy to college – see y’all in the Rocky Mountain State!