Nooch or nutritional yeast is a superfood – it is a good source of protein and vitamins, in particular B-complex vitamins. You get a significant dose of the minerals like iron, selenium and zinc from nutritional yeast. It is a complete protein, providing all 18 amino acids, making it a good alternative to animal-based proteins.
Nooch has a relatively strong cheesy flavor which is loved by many people. If you are looking for ways to add nutritional yeast to your diet, here are 7 delicious vegan recipes that use nutritional yeast:
1. World’s Best Vegan Cheesy Hummus
A super creamy hummus with cooked chickpeas. Garlic, tahini, nutritional yeast and lemon juice all combine to make this rich and flavorful. Its best you don’t skin chickpeas before adding them in the food processor. Go easy on the garlic – just one clove is all you need!
2. Nutritional Yeast Vegan Gravy
A versatile gravy that goes with just about anything, especially for Thanksgiving. Saute mushrooms, garlic and onion and simmer adding vegetable broth for a richer taste. Adding soy milk at the end makes it deliciously creamy.
3. Vegan Spinach Dip
Baked until bubbly in a pie-plate, this vegan spinach dip is made with white kidney beans, coconut milk and nutritional yeast. Add lemon juice for a nice tang and serve warm with gluten free crackers.
4. Chili Hash Browns
Stir fried potato topped with nutritional yeast, paprika and cumin. Serve topped with vegan sour cream and fresh cilantro.
5. Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
Baked battered cauliflower coated with buffalo hot sauce and baked till crisp. Serve hot with blue cheese yogurt dip, crunchy carrots and fresh celery sticks!
6. Falafel Corn Dog Recipe
Hot dogs coated with falafel batter and baked to golden brown. These can be pretty filling, so serve them sliced in half, with your favorite dipping sauce. The chickpeas, flax seeds and nutritional yeast combine to make this a very nutrient rich meal.
7. Home-Popped Popcorn With Smoked Paprika
Pop some popcorn on your stove. It’s fun and easy. All you need is a dash of olive oil, smoked paprika, and the power ingredient – nutritional yeast! Tastes any day better than the artificial and unhealthy ingredients in microwave popcorn.