Vegan Cheesy Broccoli
Source: Kimberly Snyder, Better Vegan  Category: Vegan Entrees & Sides
Prep Time: 5 min  Cook time: 13 min  Total Time: 18 min  Serves 2
About this recipe
This simple and easy to make dish is a perfect healthy equivalent to its dairy counterpart. Nutritional yeast provides tangy cheesy flavor without the heaviness of cheese and butter. As many of you know, broccoli is a rich source of multiple vitamins, minerals and fiber. In addition, it contains potent antioxidants and bio-active compounds that help reduce inflammation in our bodies.  Nutritional yeast is a great source of vitamin B12, fiber and protein, and is good for your skin and immune system. Adding it to your dishes instead of cheese is a great way to incorporate this powerful supplement into your diet.
Ingredients:

2 cups small broccoli florets

2 Tbsp. coconut oil (I use Kirkland Signature Cold Pressed Unrefined Organic Virgin Coconut Oil)

1/4 cup nutritional yeast (I use Anthony's Premium Nutritional Yeast Flakes)

Pink Himalayan salt to taste (I use Sherpa Pink Gourmet Himalayan Salt, 5 lbs Fine Grain)

Black pepper to taste

Instructions:
1. Fill a medium pot with 1 1/2 inches of water. Insert a steamer basket and add the broccoli. Cover and bring to a boil over a high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and steam until the vegetables are just tender, approximately 7-10 minutes.
 
2. Meanwhile, add 2 Tbsp. of coconut oil to a small saute pan over medium-high heat and cook for 30 seconds.
 
3. Reduce the heat to medium and add broccoli and the nutritional yeast.
 
4. Mix well and cook for approximately 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
 
5. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a dish and serve.  
Notes:
Do not overheat the oil, otherwise the broccoli may burn.
If you have not tried nutritional yeast before, this may be an acquired taste for you. We reduced the amount of nutritional yeast in this recipe to 1/4 cup, so it is not too overwhelming. Feel free to adjust the amount to your own taste.
Equipment needed:
Serving suggestion:
Serve with your favorite gluten-free grain.

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