First off, it’s delicious. It has a nutty, almost cheesy flavor and I especially love it on popcorn and stirred into grits (just like my dad made me when I was a wee one).
And secondly, it really, really good for you. Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast and it’s packed with B-vitamins, folic acid, amino acids, zinc, fiber, and protein. It’s a great vegan-friendly way to add a little cheesiness to recipes and even if you’re not vegan it’s a great way to add a serious nutritional punch to your dishes. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes with nutritional yeast and often I just stir it into something I’m making which usually- but not always- turns out delicious (pasta with butter and yeast = good; oat bran with nutritional yeast = not so good).
Some of my favorite nutritional yeast recipes:
protein power goddess bowl* (come summer I’ll be making this every week because it’s AMAZING)
* I double the recipe for the dressing on this recipe and keep it around for salads and such. It’s just that good.