By now you've probably heard of nutritional yeast, or "nooch" as it's known by super fans. Thesis bright yellow flakes are inactive, which means it does not have the ability to leaven like the kind of yeast you would use to make bread. As it tastes like it, it's famous for its distinctive cheesy flavor despite the fact that it's completely dairy-free. Basically, it's the secret behind all those "cheesy" vegan recipes you've seen floating around.
Even if you're not dairy-free or vegan pantry, because it tastes good in just about anything. From granola to popcorn, it can add a much needed umami boost to whatever you're eating. (In case you do not know, umami is that savory fifth button found in mushrooms and cheese, and it wants to make your food taste amazing). Plus, as its name indicates, the ingredient is packed with nutrients. One quarter cup serving contains 8 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and B vitamins.
If you're not sure how to get started with nutritional yeast, Many of the recipes are vegan and dairy-free, if that's what you're interested in, but they're even trying to serve you, because they're totally, freakin 'delicious.