You've probably heard about it, but its unglamorous name might have prevented you from trying it. Despite nutritional yeast's old-school vegan origins and slightly weird appearance (a yellow flaky powder), it's finally being seen for what it is: a totally delicious ingredient that can bring a lot of new flavor to your cooking (vegan or not) that just also happens to be good for you.
Nutritional yeast is having a moment for its delightfully savory, almost-but-not-quite funky, Parmesan cheese-like flavor. That umami taste is a handy tool to have in the kitchen and can be used in a bunch of different ways. You'll find it on menus at some of our favorite feel-good food spots like The Butcher's Daughter (where they sprinkle it on kale chips) and bloggers like Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker are working it as a crave-worthy avocado toast topper.