Roasted Umami Sprouts and Carrots plus Baked Apples

This week, at the grocery, I grabbed a bag of brussel sprouts on a whim, and got some baby carrots. So, last night making dinner, I decided to roast them up with a nice umami flavor. I had also gotten some apples that we weren’t really enjoying (picky apple eaters).

Umami Sprouts and Carrots

4 cups of brussel sprouts washed and trimmed
4 cups of mini carrots or carrots peeled and chopped
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup nutritional yeast
sea salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and toss or gently stir until the vegetables are coated. Place on a baking stone or sheet and cook at 425* until the carrots are done.

Baked Apples

4 apples sliced into wedges
¼ cup maple syrup
3 TBS cinnamon
3 TBS sugar

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray if it is not a nonstick sheet, or cover in parchment paper. Arrange apples on the sheet with the inner side of each slice facing up. Drizzle with maple syrup, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 425* until apples are soft. Serve with non-dairy yogurt if desired.

Nooch News

IMG_1002webIf you have been reading The VeganAsana for any period of time, you have probably noticed that my recipes often contain nutritional yeast. I use it in so many things that I buy it in large containers and keep a shaker on the table.

So, if you are not a “nooch” (a little nickname it has developed) user, here’s the scoop.

Nutritional yeast is a fungi (Saccharomyces Cervisiae) that grows on molasses and then is processed and dried and sold in flake or powder form. Because it is a fungi, like mushrooms, it is a vegan food.

Nooch is not like baking yeast or brewer’s yeast. It won’t help your cinnamon buns rise or give you a great start on that home-brewed pale ale.

I mostly use nooch because it tastes so good. It has an umami flavor, sort of like something between nuts and cheese. It pairs well with many foods and imparts a bit of a creamy taste in recipes, as well as being a credible substitute for parmesan cheese.

While I like it mostly because it’s delicious, it’s also nutritious (though the amounts you’ll likely consume at one time are pretty small). Nooch naturally contains most of the B-complex vitamins, except B-12, selenium, and potassium. It is a complete protein. Most brands of nutritional yeast are also fortified with B-12, making it a full compliment of the Bs.

So, what do I use it in? It might be easier to say what I don’t use it in! You can find nooch in my Tunaught Salad, Vegan Lasagna, Cheesy Marinara, Tofu Loaf, Tofu Scramble, Fried Green Tomatoes, Breaded Vegan Eggplant, Cheesy Mashed Potato Soup, on Chickpea Nuggets, Fauxrito Kale Chips, and on Vegan Cheesy Move Popcorn. That’s not all, but I’m trying not to get carried away with this list.

You should try it. Really.