Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Baby Steps...
I wanted to stay in bed longer this morning, but that just did not happen. I went ahead and got up, worked out, got some much needed coffee, ate some pumpkin oats (that I did not want to end) and now, while I work, I am streaming Lynn's movie, "White On Rice"!  I am working on a different approach to getting things done.  I feel like I am spread way too thin lately and I really need to work on a better way of getting things done.

After a really busy weekend, I really needed to spend some time on the house. We finally walked yesterday morning for the first time in two weeks. Between working on the studio and the rain and well, major exhaustion, we just haven't been able to get our walks in. It was chili and windy, so I walked fast! The illustrator asked me to slow down. I was trying to stay warm! Then, it was time to scrub the house! I felt really accomplished yesterday after all of that.

The plan for dinner was a feast for the boys. They ordered up baked chicken and baked macaroni and cheese. I love it when they ask for things because it takes the thinking out of it for me. I found broccoli and cauliflower on sale at the store so I started thinking about something I wanted to make. Well, by the time I got done with all the other stuff for them, I changed my mind and went for a savory waffle with steamed broccoli, cauliflower and sauteed mushrooms. Now on to the title of this post...baby steps. Nutritional yeast...I had a bad experience with it a few years ago and quite frankly have been afraid to venture there again. Being that I can't have regular cheese, I really wanted to love it since it is supposed to be a little "cheesy" in flavor. So, I figured this would be a perfect addition to my meal.

I sprinkled a little on top and gave it a taste. I liked it so much I sprinkled on more! I don't know if it was the brand I got last time or maybe it had gone bad...I don't know, but this time I used Red Star. I am so glad I gave this a try again!  I loved it! It definitely has a tangy taste, very reminiscent of parmesan cheese. Now I am looking forward to trying it out in dairy free versions of pesto! Nutritional yeast is a great source of B vitamins and since I don't eat meat, this is a great way for me to get my B's!

I used my usual recipe for Chickpea Oatmeal Waffles. These are like toast with better flavor! I love savory waffles!

Have you tried nutritional yeast? If so, what is your favorite way to eat it?

I am so happy...we are planning a huge breakfast for dinner!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 10:39 AM  
  • At November 2, 2010 at 11:01 AM, Blogger laura said…

    Yay for nooch!! Glad you tried it again and liked it! :)

  • At November 2, 2010 at 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Ahhh, I need to have a cleaning day like that. It always makes me feel so accomplished!

    Can't wait to see your big breakfast for dinner :-)

  • At November 2, 2010 at 11:06 AM, Blogger slow panic said…

    My mom loves nutritional yeast.....

    I've got to try the waffles.

  • At November 2, 2010 at 11:09 AM, Blogger lynn said…

    thanks for watching my movie!
    i do like nutritional yeast - i mix it with hummus to make "humnut sauce"


  • At November 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    I love using nutritional yeast. Sorry you had such a horrible experience before. Glad you tried again though. I soooo hear you on not being able to get everything done. I feel guilty for sitting in front of the tv even b/c there is so much that just never seems to get finished around the house.

  • At November 2, 2010 at 11:52 AM, Anonymous Holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    I've never used nooch before, although I really want to try it. I don't know whats been holding me back!

  • At November 2, 2010 at 12:13 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    I've never tried nutritional yeast before! Its yet another ingredient on my "to try" list (right next to peanut flour). :)

    I hope you get into a rhythm soon! Hang in through the craziness.

  • At November 2, 2010 at 1:22 PM, Blogger Mandiee said…

    Like you, I absolutely HATED nooch the first time I tried it, and I am not one to react so strongly usually. However, I was determined to like it, so when I tried it again, I did so a little at a time. Now I love it, sprinkling it on my veggies all the time. It's a great source of B-vitamins, protein, fiber, vegetarian B12 (if you buy Red Star), not to mention it tastes great! Do you eat daiya? I haven't had it before but I've heard it's a good cheese substitute, too. However, I prefer to eat more whole foods so I'm good with nooch for now :).

    Have a lovely day!

  • At November 2, 2010 at 7:47 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw Twins said…

    Love love love nooch!!! YUM

    So glad you like it too! YAY

  • At November 2, 2010 at 9:04 PM, Blogger Ann Claire said…

    Mmm savory waffles sound really good! But, then again I love waffles in pretty much every form :)
    I haven't tried nutritional yeast, but have been wanting to.

  • At November 2, 2010 at 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mmm, that waffle looks amazing! As always ;) What brand is your waffle iron? I love the big, thick waffles it produces and I've been thinking of getting a new one soon.
    I'm very glad you got a walk in this morning - I'm sure it was a nice change of pace from house work ad trying to get everything into place!
    I've bee on a nooch kick lately, too. I have been loving it on kale chips, but also adore it mixed with garlic hummus and a dollop of yellow mustard with water to thin. I like that better than real cheese on pizza!!

  • At November 2, 2010 at 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So, I was talking to my husband tonight and I asked, "are we going to make our kids eat GF?" (since we both do pretty much) He said, "no way!" Soooo, I was wondering, do you make your kids eat dairy free, or do you let them eat dairy as well? I feel like it will cost so much more money!

  • At November 2, 2010 at 11:22 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    I love love nooch. Especially on popcorn.

  • At November 3, 2010 at 7:51 AM, Anonymous lee said…

    I've had limited experience with nutritional yeast. I have made a cheese sauce out of it which was good and sometimes I sprinkle it on salads from Whole Foods since they have it at the salad bar. But that's really the only times that I've tried it.

  • At November 3, 2010 at 10:16 AM, Blogger Brigid said…

    I don't have a waffle iron, but man, your recipe sounds so good! I may have to see if I can do it in the skillet instead.

    I love nutritional yeast! It freaked me out for the longest time, but when I finally tried it, I was in love. I put it in so many things now. I can't get past the nutritional stats, too. It's magic.

  • At November 4, 2010 at 4:41 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    Nutritional yeast sounds yummy. I keep seeing that and peanut flower all over the blogs. I just wish I knew where to find it near me!

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