Popcorn With Nutritional Yeast Tastes 100 Times Better Than It Sounds

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Nutritional yeast may be the best food invention since sliced bread. It just magically makes everything taste better. Even though the name of the product might not sound appealing, it is seriously tasty. The flavor is nuanced, it's funky, it's cheesy, it's nutty, and it's savory. But get this, it has zero dairy in it. This makes this deactivated yeast product a dairy-free cheese-loving person's dream come true. 

These golden yellow flakes also pack a real nutritional punch, filled with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber (via WebMD). It's especially high in vitamin B12, making it an excellent supplement for a vegan diet. If you have never used nutritional yeast before, you may wonder how you cook with it and don't worry, you're not alone. There are so many delicious ways to use it; it's all just a matter of taste.

Think of nutritional yeast (affectionately nicknamed "Nooch") as your dairy-free, nutrient-rich cousin of parmesan cheese. Whatever dish parmesan cheese sounds good on, nutritional yeast will work on too. Of course, this is the CliffNotes version, but you get the picture. But if there is one pairing that is a stand-out, out-of-this-world delicious food, it's popcorn and nutritional yeast.

It's a match made in heaven

When you're ready to try this rockstar combination, melt a little bit of butter, pour it over the freshly popped popcorn, sprinkle salt, and have a heavy hand with the nutritional yeast sprinkling. This creates an amazingly addicting, cheesy, and nutritious popcorn that everyone will be battling for the last kernel. If you don't feel like using butter or are avoiding dairy, use a little bit of oil instead. It's essential to have a little bit of slickness to help the nutritional yeast stick to the popcorn. Or else it will all just sink to the bottom of the bowl, and that's no fun.

The next time you're at the grocery store, scan the aisles for nutritional yeast. It can usually be found in the health food aisle or baking aisle at the store or you can order it online. IIf you are new to the world of nutritional yeast, have some fun with it! Nothing is quite as enjoyable as experimenting with a new ingredient in the kitchen. But if you are a nooch veteran and haven't had it on popcorn yet, what are you waiting for!? Get to popping!