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23 Delicious Reasons To Start Cooking With Nutritional Yeast

Let's give it up for the nooch.

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Nutritional yeast is inactive yeast, often used for its savory, cheesy flavor. It's vegan and gluten-free and available in most health food stores. It's also got tons of nutrients, including B-vitamins, zinc and protein.*

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Sometimes it's powdery, sometimes it's flaky, but it is always GLORIOUS.

*Check the label on the brand you're buying for specifics on nutritional info — not all nutritional yeasts are the same.

1. Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese

An old favorite gets fancy (and nutritious!) with cauliflower. Recipe here. (Don't like cauliflower? Try this plain vegan mac 'n' cheese recipe.)
loveandlemons.com

An old favorite gets fancy (and nutritious!) with cauliflower. Recipe here. (Don't like cauliflower? Try this plain vegan mac 'n' cheese recipe.)

2. Green Lasagna Rolls

Vegan lasagna that doesn't hold back. Recipe here.
theppk.com

Vegan lasagna that doesn't hold back. Recipe here.

3. Vegan Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits

Melts in your mouth. Recipe here.
minimalistbaker.com

Melts in your mouth. Recipe here.

4. Tofu Popcorn Chick'n

The beauty of this recipe is that it's surprisingly simple, making it an easy, unprocessed alternative to fake chicken products. Recipe here.
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The beauty of this recipe is that it's surprisingly simple, making it an easy, unprocessed alternative to fake chicken products. Recipe here.

5. Cheesy Kale Chips

The healthy way to appease your Doritos craving. Recipe here.
yumsugar.com

The healthy way to appease your Doritos craving. Recipe here.

6. Vegan Pasta Alfredo

Stop denying yourself the Alfredo sauce you know your heart has been longing for. Recipe here.
minimaleats.com

Stop denying yourself the Alfredo sauce you know your heart has been longing for. Recipe here.

7. Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

I mean, why not? Recipe here.
forkandbeans.com

I mean, why not? Recipe here.

8. Delicious Butter-Free Popcorn

Step up your popcorn game. Recipe here.
gimmesomeoven.com

Step up your popcorn game. Recipe here.

9. Simple Vegan Pesto

Recipe here.

10. Gluten-Free "Wheat Thins"

Warning: This one is not vegan. Still delicious, though. Recipe here.
growinghomeblog.com

Warning: This one is not vegan. Still delicious, though. Recipe here.

11. Vegan Breakfast Nachos

Can also be "Lunch Nachos" or "Dinner Nachos." Recipe here.
theppk.com

Can also be "Lunch Nachos" or "Dinner Nachos." Recipe here.

12. Zucchini Pizza Boats

Sure you can make these without the nutritional yeast, but why would you deny yourself that delicious cheesy flavor? Recipe here.
insonnetskitchen.com

Sure you can make these without the nutritional yeast, but why would you deny yourself that delicious cheesy flavor? Recipe here.

13. Creamy Garlic Zucchini Noodles

One of the most satisfying things you'll ever make in under ten minutes. Recipe here.
theleancleaneatingmachine.com

One of the most satisfying things you'll ever make in under ten minutes. Recipe here.

14. Cheesy Cauliflower "Popcorn"

Roasted cauliflower is good. Roasted cauliflower sprinkled with nutritional yeast is even better. Recipe here.
cookingchanneltv.com

Roasted cauliflower is good. Roasted cauliflower sprinkled with nutritional yeast is even better. Recipe here.

15. Luxurious 7-Vegetable and "Cheese" Soup

Broccoli, carrots, celery, squash, onion and potato: This soup is no lightweight. Recipe here.
ohsheglows.com

Broccoli, carrots, celery, squash, onion and potato: This soup is no lightweight. Recipe here.

16. Easy Vegan Omelette

Recipe here.

17. Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives

Like mashed potatoes but less carb-y! Recipe here.
vegangela.com

Like mashed potatoes but less carb-y! Recipe here.

18. Grain-Free Broccoli Breadsticks

Not vegan, but gluten-free, so at least somebody is happy. Recipe here.
purelytwins.com

Not vegan, but gluten-free, so at least somebody is happy. Recipe here.

19. Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Yes, you can put nutritional yeast in a dessert: It gives the peanut butter an awesome salty flavor and creamy texture. Recipe here.
runningonrealfood.com

Yes, you can put nutritional yeast in a dessert: It gives the peanut butter an awesome salty flavor and creamy texture. Recipe here.

20. Cauliflower Risotto

Between the cauliflower, the quinoa, and obvs the nutritional yeast, this risotto is basically a plate of healthfulness. Recipe here.
foolproofliving.com

Between the cauliflower, the quinoa, and obvs the nutritional yeast, this risotto is basically a plate of healthfulness. Recipe here.

21. Vegan Cheeseburger Macaroni

WUT? Recipe here.

22. Vegan Tofu Avocado Benedict

Who needs eggs when you have tomatoes, avocados, and nutritional yeast? Recipe here.
thesweetlifeonline.com

Who needs eggs when you have tomatoes, avocados, and nutritional yeast? Recipe here.

23. Sun-Dried Tomato, Mushroom and Spinach "Quiche"

An egg-less, cheese-less quiche is not just possible, it's REAL. Recipe here.
ohsheglows.com

An egg-less, cheese-less quiche is not just possible, it's REAL. Recipe here.

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