Nutritional yeast gives foods a terrific cheesy, nutty flavor—plus it's a great source of protein.

February 17, 2016

From popcorn to salad, here are five ways to upgrade dishes with vegan-friendly nutritional yeast.

1. Spiced Chickpea Nuts

Chef Sera Pelle tosses chickpeas with olive oil, nutritional yeast, cumin and garlic.

2. Nutritional Yeast Popcorn

Upgrade the classic snack with nutritional yeast, which adds cheesy, nutty flavor and extra protein.

Season popcorn with nutritional yeast for a healthy snack.

3. Porcini-and-Pecan Pâté

Earthy mushrooms and nutritional yeast complement each other in this excellent vegan pâté.

4. Frisée-and-Potato Salad

Nutritional yeast sprinkled on the potato adds an umami-rich flavor.

5. Eggplant Involtini with Grilled Ratatouille

Chef Sean Baker re-creates the flavor of ricotta for a delicious dairy-free filling by combining pureed raw cashews with nutritional yeast.