Nut-Free V Parmigiano
Now that I’ve discovered this vegan Parmigiano I can’t go without it. I used to love hard Italian cheeses so much. When I was growing up we always had an entire wheel of Parmigiano and Pecorino and my mother shaved it off fresh for our meals. I’ll admit that it was something I missed when I first went vegan, especially because of the saltiness, but I used nutritional yeast flakes to replace it which I also love. This recipe is perfection. The ratio blend lends to cheese flavor and does not taste like sunflower seeds or nutritional yeast. It is soft, healthy and high in good fats, great on all foods, from pasta, salads, rice, to asian dishes as well. There are no rules, use this on everything. If you have 3 minutes, make it, now. You’ll see how good it is…and please leave a comment how you like it 🙂
Sunflower seeds are not only a great snack but they have found their way into the vegan culinary world. We use them for sauces, dressings, falafels, veggie burgers, meatballs, cheeses, butters, and this list could keep going. They are loaded with healthy essential fatty acids, phytosterols that support healthy cholesterol levels, and antioxidant minerals like selenium. They are also a rich source of vitamin E and folate which are vital for cardiovascular health, and in magnesium which promotes good moods. Buy them raw, non gmo, and organic if possible, and store in sealed glass jars to keep fresh for long periods.
Nutritional yeast flakes (sometimes called nooch) are very popular among vegans. It’s what grated cheese is to non vegans. Many of us use these yellow flakes to top our savory dishes and it adds a rich and almost nutty cheese like flavor. They are grown from sugarcane and beets and have been a staple health food for many years. You can find them at health food stores, Whole Foods, online, and most markets. Not to be confused with baking yeast or brewers yeast, these are a condiment.
These flakes pack more than flavor. They are immune boosting, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, loaded with B vitamins, protein, and minerals. Also helps lower cholesterol, nourishes hair, skin, and nails, improves digestion, prevents cancer, improves metabolism, balances blood sugar, promotes brain health, helps build muscle, and increases overall vitality. It is great for those with malnutrition or looking to get a potent nutritional food source. And, it will not lead to candida but will strengthen your body to fight intestinal imbalances.
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