Healthy Recipes vegan cheesy rice

Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Scott Cooney


Vegan Cheesy Rice Recipe

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Here is one of our favorite recipes to really highlight the inherently cheesy, umami flavor of nutritional yeast to make a comforting, yummy dish. Serve this Vegan Cheesy Rice alongside some steamed broccoli, with beans or tofu, and enjoy solo for an awesome little meal. This recipe will have vegans and omnivores alike singing the praises of our favorite condiment.

Vegan Cheesy Rice

1 cup organic brown rice, soaked one hour or more (here are our tips for the best brown rice!)
1½ cups water
Pinch of salt
2 Teaspoons chopped, fresh thyme or dill (or both!)
2 Tablespoons Earth Balance, other vegan butter or olive oil
¼ cup nutritional yeast

  1. Bring water to a boil and add salt.
  2. Add rice, cover, and lower heat to a gentle simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add thyme, Earth Balance, and nutritional yeast and stir. Let stand for 5 minutes until thyme is thoroughly wilted and butter is melted.
  4. Share and Enjoy! Serve with any legume dish, roasted vegetables, or with soup!


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Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on

  • Blair

    Is there anything you would suggest subbing for the Earth Balance? My boyfriend is weird about any processed ingredients so this recipe would be perfect if I could figure out something to sub in for that one!

    • Andrea Bertoli

      Hi Blair- you could substitute coconut oil or olive oil for the earth balance for a less processed product. You could also use some coconut milk- these will give it a coconutty flavor, but I am a big fan of the coconut + nooch combination!

  • Becky

    You had me at NOOCH!

    And I second olive oil! I do a version of this sometimes with olive oil instead of EB, and usually with some steamed broccoli, because nooch and broccoli are best friends in my kitchen.

  • Kaitlyn

    This was delicious! I used Basmati rice, coconut oil instead of Earth Balance, and the thyme, not the dill. Very yummy!

    • Andrea Bertoli

      I am so glad you liked it Kaitlyn! It’s a staple meal in our little kitchen! Thanks for reading! adb

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