Cook with nutritional yeast

There’s a reason nutritional yeast has been a health food staple for so long. “Not only does it provide a nutty, cheesy flavor, but two tablespoons offer nine grams of protein,” says Lauren Blake, RD, Columbus, Ohio-based founder of Whole Living Lauren. “Look for a brand that is fortified with vitamin B12, which many athletes, especially vegans, lack.” While nutritional yeast makes a delicious garnish for saladspopcorn, and more, it also deserves a starring role. Here, three recipes that celebrate the healthy vegan ingredient:

Buckwheat waffles

Nutritional yeast adds umami and heartiness to these sweet-and-savory waffles.


Vegan chipotle sauce

This sauce gets its creaminess from olive oil, chickpeas, and edamame, while nutritional yeast provides a rich umami flavor. It makes a versatile dressing for salads and roasted vegetables.


Veggie-avocado tofu scramble

Nutritional yeast and turmeric add a boost of flavor to this tofu scramble featuring kale, mushrooms, and green onion.