Healthy Recipes vegan cheesy rice

Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Scott Cooney


Vegan Cheesy Rice Recipe

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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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

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