Vegan Cheesy Rice Recipe

vegan cheesy rice

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.

To learn more about nutritional yeast, check out our comprehensive post that discusses our favorite vegan gold, and answer the questions: what is nutritional yeast? You’ll find out the how’s and why’s of this funky food, and learn more about why it’s such a coveted pantry item for vegans the world over.

Basically, you can think of nutritional yeast as vegan parmesan: you can sprinkle it atop your favorite noodles, use in dressings and marinades, douse your fresh veggies and beans, and use as a functional ingredient in dishes like Vegan Frittata, vegan strata, vegan macaroni and cheese, tofu ‘feta,soups, and so many more recipes.

vegan cheesy rice


Vegan Cheesy Rice

1 cup organic brown rice, soaked one hour or more
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, dill, 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 a pile of fresh or roasted veggies, beans, or alone!


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