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23 Delicious Reasons To Start Cooking With Nutritional Yeast

Let's give it up for the nooch.

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.

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1. Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese

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

theppk.com

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

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3. Vegan Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits

minimalistbaker.com

Melts in your mouth. Recipe here.

4. Tofu Popcorn Chick'n

thevedge.org

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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5. Cheesy Kale Chips

yumsugar.com

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

6. Vegan Pasta Alfredo

minimaleats.com

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

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7. Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

forkandbeans.com

I mean, why not? Recipe here.

8. Delicious Butter-Free Popcorn

gimmesomeoven.com

Step up your popcorn game. Recipe here.

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9. Simple Vegan Pesto

food52.com

10. Gluten-Free "Wheat Thins"

growinghomeblog.com

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

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11. Vegan Breakfast Nachos

theppk.com

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

12. Zucchini Pizza Boats

insonnetskitchen.com

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

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13. Creamy Garlic Zucchini Noodles

theleancleaneatingmachine.com

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

14. Cheesy Cauliflower "Popcorn"

cookingchanneltv.com

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

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15. Luxurious 7-Vegetable and "Cheese" Soup

ohsheglows.com

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

16. Easy Vegan Omelette

minimalistbaker.com

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17. Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives

vegangela.com

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

18. Grain-Free Broccoli Breadsticks

purelytwins.com

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

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19. Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

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

foolproofliving.com

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

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21. Vegan Cheeseburger Macaroni

keepinitkind.com

22. Vegan Tofu Avocado Benedict

thesweetlifeonline.com

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

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

ohsheglows.com

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

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