You've finally added protein-packed nutritional yeast to your pantry, but WTF are you actually supposed to do with it? These recipes have you covered.
Paleo Baked Eggs with Nutritional Yeast
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If you're wondering when to start trying new recipes with nutritional yeast, the easiest time to incorporate it is breakfast. Besides, Sundays are just better when started with a side of runny eggs (especially if the night before has left you a little woozy from too much wine). Skip the slice of processed cheese in favor of a sprinkle of nutritional yeast instead, for a similar flavor.
Get the recipe: Paleo Baked Eggs with Nutritional Yeast
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Grain-Free Rosemary Crackers
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Vegan Basil Walnut Pesto
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If you've ditched dairy then you know how hard it is to find a cheese-free sauce. This pesto swaps out Parm for nutritional yeast to give you the same creamy taste and consistency as non-vegan versions. (Psst. Find more vegan recipes here.)
Get the recipe: Vegan Basil Walnut Pesto
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Simply Cheezy Asian Soup
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Nondairy soups can be kind of meh in the creaminess department. This recipe uses nutritional yeast and vegan cream cheese to make sure this bowl doesn't disappoint. Once you've mastered the broth, stick your favorite store-bought dumplings in for a filling soup you'll be excited to reheat.
Get the recipe: Simply Cheezy Asian Soup
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Mac and "Cheese" with Creminis, Peppers, and Spinach
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This "cheese" sauce is perfect for mac and cheese when a comfort foot craving strikes, but that's not all you can use it for. Use it for an appetizer veggie dip for a group or when you're not in the mood for carbs. (Does that ever really happen, though?)
Get the recipe: Mac and "Cheese" with Creminis, Peppers, and Spinach
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Creamy Avocado Alfredo Pasta
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Alfredo? If dairy gives you tummy troubles it's more like alfre-NO. Swap out the heavy cheese and milk for avocado to get the same thick, creamy consistency. Top with nutritional yeast for a cheese-like finish on top.
Get the recipe: Creamy Avocado Alfredo Pasta
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Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
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This dressing is cashew-based, giving it a light, nutty flavor that's quick to make with just a few pulses in your food processor. Nutritional yeast and lemon make this faux Caesar a low-cal, lighter choice.
Get the recipe: Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
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Beet Walnut Pesto
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Swap in nutritional yeast for cheese in this veggie-based pesto recipe. Combined with beets, walnuts, and basil, this pesto works great as a spread or as a sauce.
Get the recipe: Beet Walnut Pesto
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