Cheesy Delights: Nutritional Yeast Recipes for Vegans

Nutritional yeast is a versatile and nutritious ingredient that imparts a cheesy, savory flavor to meals. It is a popular choice for those who eat a plant-based or vegan diet. Here are some recipes that include nutritional yeast:

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese:

Cook your favorite spaghetti and set it aside.
In a blender, add 1 cup soaked cashews, 1 cup plant-based milk, 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast, 1 tablespoon miso paste, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and season with salt to taste. Blend until smooth.
Toss the cooked pasta and creamy sauce together before serving.

Vegan pesto:

In a food processor, blend 2 cups of fresh basil, 1/2 cup pine nuts, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 2 garlic cloves, and 1/2 cup olive oil.
Blend until smooth, adding additional olive oil if required.
Serve with cooked spaghetti, on sandwiches, or as a dip.

Cheesey Popcorn:

Popcorn is a simple and convenient snack. Drizzle popped popcorn with melted vegan butter and top with nutritional yeast for a cheese flavor.

Vegan Caesar Dressings:

In a blender, mix 1/2 cup soaked cashews, 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 clove garlic, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon capers, and salt to taste.
Blend until creamy. Use it as a salad dressing or dip.

Vegan Cheese Sauce:

In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of vegan butter. Add 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and stir until smooth.
Gradually whisk in 1 cup of plant-based milk. Add 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and season to taste.
Continue cooking until the sauce has thickened. Pour on vegetables, nachos, or baked potatoes.

Vegan Garlic Bread:

Combine vegan butter, minced garlic, and nutritional yeast.
Spread the mixture on a sliced baguette or piece of bread, and toast until golden brown.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese:

In a food processor, mix together 1 cup cashews, 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and salt to taste.
Pulse until you have a crumbly texture. Sprinkle over pasta, salad, or roasted veggies.
Remember to adapt the quantities to your taste preferences, and feel free to be creative by mixing nutritional yeast into your favorite meals for an extra boost of flavor and nutrients.