Check out our guide to nutritional yeast, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about what is tofu, tempeh and seitan.

What is nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast left over from beer-making. It comes in the form of flakes and has a strong nutty, cheesy character, which makes it a great parmesan substitute in vegan cooking.

Where to buy nutritional yeast

Find pots of nutritional yeast alongside stock cubes, seasonings and oil in most larger supermarkets, or buy online to never be without a handy tub:

Marigold Super Engevita Yeast Flakes, £3.50/100g, Tesco

Marigold Engevita Yeast Flakes, £7.21/125g, Amazon

Bosh! Nooch! Nutritional Yeast, £3/100g, Sainsbury's

Nutritional yeast recipes

Vegan kale caesar salad

Swap bacon for crunchy, paprika-smoked aubergine slivers in our vegan twist on the classic caesar salad.

Vegan Kale Caesar Salad Recipe with Aubergine Bacon

Vegan shakshuka

Start the day with shakshuka, a classic brunch dish. A wonderful pan of tomatoes, assorted peppers, spices and tofu to replace the usual egg.

Vegan shakshuka topped with fresh parsley next to a board of bread and bowl of parsley and two plates with a tea towel

Vegan risotto

Fennel, courgette, peas and parsley make for a wonderfully green risotto, flavoured with a little nutritional yeast in place of parmesan.

Vegan Courgette and Pea Risotto in a White Bowl


Seitan is a fantastic vegan meat alternative, made using vital wheat gluten. Quick to make, it can be used in a variety of dishes, such as stir-fries and curries.


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