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You know how a sprinkling of cheese can make almost any savory dish better? Well step aside, Parm, there’s a new flavor king in town. Meet nutritional yeast (nicknamed “nooch”), a flaky, deactivated yeast that’s incredibly good for you. But we like to think of it as a magical yellow dust that imparts a cheesy, nutty flavor to anything you sprinkle it on. Packed full of protein (a whopping 3 grams per tablespoon) and vitamin B12, nutritional yeast is also dairy-free, vegan-friendly and gluten-free. (We told you it was awesome.) Pick up a jar at your local health store and whip up one of these tasty dishes at home—you won’t be sorry.

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Vegan Pasta Alfredo

So creamy and delicious, yet totally dairy-free.

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Nacho Cheese Kale Chips

These are nacho typical kind of snack. (Sorry.)

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The Best Butter-Free Popcorn (Nooch Popcorn)

You may never go back to regular popped kernels again.

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

A luxurious vegetable stew made even more delicious with the addition of nutritional yeast.

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Nooch is perfect for giving your sweet dishes a savory kick, too.

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Cauliflower Risotto

All the richness, minus any cream, milk or cheese.

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Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Popcorn

Cauliflower. Tahini. Nutritional yeast. Sold.

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The Best Shredded Kale Salad

The secret to this tasty dish is coating the leaves in a garlicky dressing and topping them with roasted pecans and nutritional yeast.

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Vegan French Toast

This brunch favorite gets its “eggy” taste courtesy of, you guessed it, nooch.

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Vegan Green Chili Mac and Cheese

Believe it or not, this pot of deliciousness is ready in 30 minutes.

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Creamy Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

These will transform your snacking.

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