Nutritional yeast, also known as “nooch,” is a type of culinary yeast that may be found in everything from popcorn seasoning to non-dairy cheese alternatives. It has become a staple in almost every vegan kitchen because not only is nutritional yeast high in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other nutrients, but this wonderful umami-tasting powder is also naturally gluten-free and contains no fat or cholesterol. Nooch is an extremely healthy seasoning that you can add to almost any dish. You can sprinkle it on soups, salads, and pasta, the list is endless!

What Does Nooch Taste Like?

Nooch has a naturally nutty and tangy cheesy taste, all while being completely dairy-free! This is why it is frequently substituted for cheese by vegans. With its deep, rich flavor, a small amount does go a long way.

What Are its Health Benefits?

Nutritional yeast is a very healthy food. The cheesy-like flakes are a complete source of protein, which means they include all nine essential amino acids. Many brands are also fortified with a variety of B vitamins, including vitamin B12. According to Women’s Health Magazine, one serving of Bragg nutritional yeast provides: ” 630% of your daily vitamin B12 requirements, 90% of your daily folate requirements, 420% of your daily vitamin B6 requirements, and also contains a small amount of iron and potassium.” Some other benefits include:

How to Cook With it

Nutritional yeast can be used in a variety of creative ways in your meals. Not only does it add essential nutrients that your body needs to thrive, but it can add a rich and deliciously cheesy-like flavor to all your vegan recipes. Here are a few suggestions to try out:

  • You can use it just like you would grated cheese and add it on top of pizza, pasta, and salads.
  • Make your own vegan parmesan by blending nutritional yeast, walnuts or cashews, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Sprinkle it over popcorn for a cheesy snack.
  • Use it to make a flavorful breading for baked tofu or veggies like potatoes.
  • Make cheesy sauces, dips, and spreads.

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Edgy Veg shares her love of nutritional yeast with her audience. While it is known for its cheesy flavor, you can mimic a lot of different flavors, depending on how you cook with it. Not only can it be used as a seasoning, but you can add it to recipes for a whole different flavor experience!

Check out these delicious nutritional yeast recipes!

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