Dairy Free Parmesan “Cheese”

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Oh…it’s exists alright!  And you can zip it up in about 1 minute in your food processor!

Ever heard of nutritional yeast?  Yah I know.  I thought the same thing when I first heard the name…sounds odd.  It’s one of those foods that you kind of have to “sneak up on”.  It’s actually quite a popular food product among those eating a vegan diet because it’s a good source of B-vitamins as well as fortified with vitamin B12 (which is only found naturally in animal products).  B12 is important for keeping your blood healthy and strong!  It ensures you have synthesized enough red blood cells to give your body oxygen for it to do it’s thang!

Science lesson aside….what do you DO with it?  First of all, look for it at a health food store or bulk store.  It’s often used as a cheese substitute, often as an ingredient in a recipe to give it a rich and “cheesy” flavour.  It can also be sprinkled over popcorn, melted on top of a savoury dish like pasta, or be used to make some dairy free parmesan cheese!  Great for those with a milk allergy or intolerance.

Ingredients:

– 1 cup raw cashews

– 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

– 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Blend ingredients together in a food processor until powdery like parmesan cheese.

2. Sprinkle as you would use parmesan!

Note this will not “melt” like it normal parmesan would but still gives a nice flavour 🙂  Enjoy!

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