Nutritional yeast isn't anything new. I first heard about it a handful of years ago while reading food blogs that focused on living a healthy lifestyle (that's me). But these blogs were largely written by staunch vegetarians and vegans, many who seemed to have a crunchy, hippie vibe (not me at all!).
I was quick to move on, but it seemed like nutritional yeast just kept popping up in more and more recipes. Based on its name alone, I was not sold. There's just something about sprinkling something yeasty on my food that felt totally unappealing. Looking at it only made matters worse; it looks like fish food flakes. But as quick as I was to dismiss nutritional yeast as an ingredient that had no place in my kitchen, I recently had a drastic change of heart.