It’s all gravy—kinda

It’s not an appetizing name, but nutritional yeast certainly is a flavorful, protein- and vitamin B-12-rich topping for salads, cooked vegetables and popcorn. Made of deactivated yeast, the yellow flakey powder is often described as having a nutty or cheesy taste, and “cheese-sauce” recipes abound on the Internet. But nutritional yeast also makes a umami gravy that’s far lower in fat—and far less killy, of course—than the traditional stuff. The Book of Yum ( has a recipe that takes just a few minutes to make and is a must-bring to the Thanksgiving table this year to top your Celebration Roast or Tofurky.