Non-dairy cheeses often include soy products. If you have an allergy to soy, rice-based cheeses are also available. These types of cheese substitute have a different texture and consistency than milk-based cheeses and can be difficult to use, especially if you want the cheese to melt. If you are trying to make a cheese sauce, cheesy soup or other cheese-flavored dish that does not require whole pieces of cheese, nutritional yeast is a good choice. It has a cheesy, salty flavor without any soy or dairy content. It’s also packed with B vitamins and fiber, making it a healthier alternative to cheese.

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Substituting Nutritional Yeast for Cheese

Use nutritional yeast in place of Parmesan cheese as a topping on popcorn, salads or breadsticks.

Mix nutritional yeast with water to form a sauce and use in place of nacho cheese sauce.

Use nutritional yeast in soups to give it a cheesy flavor. Start with a roux and mix in nutritional yeast for a creamy, cheesy soup base.

Beet Pie with Nutritional Yeast

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine flour, salt and shortening in a medium bowl.

Cut with pastry cutter until dough resembles small peas.

Mix in water with a fork, one tablespoon at a time, until dough forms.

Divide dough in half. Roll out one half with a rolling pin until large enough to cover the bottom of your pie pan.

Mix grated beets, carrots, onions, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, garlic and nutritional yeast in a large bowl.

Pour mixture into pie shell.

Roll out the remaining pastry and place over pie.

Seal edges with a fork or your fingers.

Poke holes in the top crust with a fork, knife or toothpick.

Sprinkle top crust with salt and pepper.Bake for one hour.

References and Resources

Bob's Red Mill: Nutritional Yeast