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Luna Archey
March 14, 2017

The corn-on-the-cob days are rapidly approaching and we can’t wait to chow down and smother our faces with melted butter! In the meantime, here’s a yummy take on a winter classic.

Ditch the can,

this crockpot creamed corn is super simple! It makes the perfect side dish to any holiday meal (it might be a good idea to book mark it for Easter!), but it doesn’t call for any occasion more special than lunch or dinner! As with any crock pot recipe, you can stick it in, turn it on, and forget about it until it’s time to eat. The creamed cheese in this recipe gives the finished product a yummy fluffy texture that makes it super appealing.

Wait, we’re not making bread or beer – what’s nutritional yeast??

This isn’t the active yeast used to make bread or beer, it’s grown on the top of molasses and dried to a flaky powder that has a savory nutty flavor that is reminiscent of cheese (it’s SUPER delish on popcorn!). Little ones love the taste and it’s easily blended in to whichever dish you serve it in just like a spice. Add it in to eggs, stir fry, pasta, soups, your favorite sauce – ANYTHING! Start out in moderation like any spice and add more as you find how you and your children prefer the taste.

Not only is nutritional yeast deliciously flavorful, just one teaspoon contains 1.5 grams of protein! It also serves up lots of vitamins and nutrients, particularly B vitamins. Some varieties have been fortified with B12 as it is not produced naturally, but even unfortified nutritional yeast is packed with B6! You can also count on it for thiamine, folates, niacin, riboflavin, selenium and zinc. As far as meal nutrient add-ins go, nutritional yeast is the only one I’ve ever used because it doesn’t have a funky after taste and it’s super cheap to buy! It’s also the only super food I’ve ever tried that tastes like cheese, and how can you argue with that?! (If ever there’s a super food that tastes like ice cream please let us know!)

Additionally, if you have yeast sensitives or have been fighting infections in your children, no worries! Nutritional yeast is derived from a different species than those that spread Candida infections, and it’s deactivated. It’s gluten free and has no added sugar.

Crockpot Creamed Corn Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 5 cups frozen corn
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 2 Tbs. sugar (optional)
  • 3 Tbs. nutritional yeast
  • salt to taste

Stick all of the ingredients into a crock pot and set to high for two hours. About an hour in, you can mix together the ingredients once they’ve melted a bit to perfectly blend together the yumminess.