Kitchen Staples: Nutritional Yeast

June 25, 2011

Nutritional Yeast doesn’t win the Sexiest Condiment Name award, but it's so good, you'll come to find it a must-have, especially if you’re transitioning to veganism.

A 1970s-ish superfood, health foodies have been using it all these decades for its cheesy, nutty flavor.

We use it where one might used to have used parmesan— sprinkling (okay, flooding) the savory flakes onto our salads, soups, Italian dishes, and vegan cheesy sauces.

Nutritional yeast is a complete protein (contains all the essential amino acids) and is high in B vitamins, including B12 (note: not everyone absorbs this B12, but it works for me. My B12 blood levels are fine, even after 8+ years of veganism without capsule supplementation).

Available in all health food stores, usually in the bulk section—buy a large jar at a time, you'll use it up fast!

Kitchen Staples: Braggs Aminos

June 25, 2011

This is one of the only soy products we use, but it’s definitely a staple.

Bragg’s is like soy sauce, but with a milder taste.

We use Bragg's in place of sea salt when we want to add a rounder, umami flavor (Japanese for “pleasant savory taste”) to soups, salad dressings, sauces, and marinades. A small pump-spray bottle of Bragg's lives on our counter, next to the raw olive oil and nutritional yeast, so that we can swiftly use all three on our daily salad servings.

Available in every single health food store on earth.

If you're ready for an even higher quality umami seasoning, try Nama Shoyu—raw soy sauce.

Mulberry Science

June 23, 2011

It's mulberry season, and if you're lucky enough to find a tiny basket at the farmer's market, forget the pricetag, just DO IT!

Mulberries are gold—and you are worth it.

Of the morus genus, the family to which cannabis, fig, breadfruit, and rubber trees belong, mulberries are highly complex little structures. Where we have 46 chromosomes, the black mulberry has 308—get THAT in your body and let the mulberry do it's work as a blood and liver cleanser, kidney strengthener, anemia annihilator, Type-2 Diabetes controller, cancer fighter, and premature-grey hair remedy...all while you enjoy one of the best flavors you'll ever taste in life.

Thousands of years of use in Chinese medicine can't be bad.