Monday, September 2, 2013

Vegan Parmesan - A Perfect Addition to any Pasta Dish


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Many vegetarians resist making the transition to veganism, finding it hardest to give up CHEESE. If I had a dollar for every time I've heard: "I could totally be vegan... except I could NEVER NOT HAVE CHEEEEESE", which is then usually followed by emphatic nods from everyone within earshot.

Well, fear not, my on-the fence friends! I'll let you in on a secret: Sometimes it's okay just to leave the cheese off.  But, for those times when it's not, you can give this quick and easy recipe a go:


Vegan Parmesan

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup raw slivered almonds
  • 3-4 TBSP Nutritional Yeast (what is this)?
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest, optional
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender, or (clean) coffee grinder, and pulse until almonds turn into tiny crumbs.  That's it!
Keep leftovers in a sealed container in your fridge to have on hand for impromptu pasta nights.  I have to say, this version of grated parmesan comes pretty darn close to that nutty, salty bite that grated parmesan, or other hard cheeses give to a dish of pasta. This recipe is great too, because you can make it in seconds right in you kitchen, instead of shelling out 3 times as much for the pre-made shakers of vegan grated cheese they sell in supermarkets or online.

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9 comments:

  1. I loooove nutty homemade parmesans, everyone's posting about cheesy stuff today and now I need to work out how to add cheese to my kale / quinoa / bean bowl without making it weird!

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  2. How do you store yours? I always put mine in the fridge but it clumps up and annoys me. Haha.

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    1. I have these 1 cup containers I got at Ikea many years ago. Minimal clumping, but I always shake it to death before I open it ;))

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  3. I love this stuff! It's also great with toasted walnuts and pine nuts.

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    1. Sweet! I will have to try those too!

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  4. Becky!! Hey hun :) Happy VeganMoFo!

    I am going to try this, look yum! And I am so over the fact that cheese holds people back, it's so easy to get the same satisfaction from vegan options!

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    1. Mandee, my friend! So nice to "see" you here. Hope all is well since Vida Vegan Con! I've been enjoying your beautiful manicure Instagrams :)))))

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  5. I like to make something very similar to this, but using hemp seeds instead of almonds, and no lemon.

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    1. Oooh, hemp seeds are a great idea! I will have to try that too

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