Sometimes I feel we overlook the simple things in life. I
For instance, fruits are amazing on their own. Fruits were designed to perfection in my opinion. Enjoying a simple fruit can bring you so much joy if you focus on the tastes and textures. Nature is incredible and it’s inspiring to have so many beautiful natural things to taste and enjoy.
While this cheesy no cheese parmesan is not a single ingredient item, it’s something so simple to make and to enjoy over pastas and salads. I wish every household would keep a jar of this in their fridge.
It’s a staple.
Why do vegans want cheese flavours if they are anti-cheese?
Most people go vegan for health reasons or for ethical reasons. When I went vegan, it was more for health reasons and grew into both. I couldn’t turn a blind eye to the industry of animal abuse and misuse.
Who wouldn’t love a good cheesy pizza or an oozing grilled cheese? Honestly I did, but consuming dairy came with consequences and it was taxing on my body. I would have constant acne breakouts and this always made me feel super self-conscious. For me, dairy didn’t react well in my body and I had to make my peace with this.
I think it’s safe to say most vegans enjoyed the taste of meat and cheeses before going vegan. However, we are not willing to support an industry that goes against our belief. We would rather create something that is more body and environment friendly as a replacement. Over time your cravings go away and I barely crave cheese and never crave meat anymore. I do enjoy trying dairy free cheese alternatives – they add flavor and texture to dishes and I really enjoy the convenience they provide.
My readers, I do want to make clear that this is a judgement free blog and if you’re not vegan, I don’t think you are less of a person. This lifestyle is a choice because it works for me and it makes my body happy.
What gives the cheesy flavor?
In the vegan world there is quite the obsession around this ingredient and that’s because it can genuinely provide a cheese flavor to most dishes. This magical ingredients is called Nutritional Yeast and nicknamed nooch.
What is nutritional yeast? How is it produced?
Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast, different from bread yeasts. It is in fact a yeast which contains a variety of beneficial nutrients such as B vitamins. Hence its name is quite appropriate.
Here is an excerpt from The Western A. Price Foundation on how nutritional yeast is made. Head over to their page for more in depth information.
“The steps for manufacturing dried nutritional yeast veer from traditional methods. Commercial nutritional yeast cultures are grown in large quantities and handled in tightly controlled lab-like environments. Temperature and pH are carefully adjusted to optimize the growing rate of the microorganisms. The strains are also closely monitored for quality, and strict measures are taken to prevent contamination. Once the growing of the yeast is complete, the cultures are dried to render them inactive. This step prevents the yeast from reproducing or fermenting, and also concentrates the nutrients. From here the yeast is rolled into flakes or pulverized into powder for bottling.”
How can I use nutritional yeast?
Nutritional yeast is wonderful in nut cheeses, cauliflower mash, veggie bakes, guacamole, mac ‘n cheese, risotto and I’ve even seen it in vegan cheesecake recipes before. It works so well in most things that it’s a highly recommend ingredient whether you are vegan or not.
The greatest thing about this cheesy no cheese parmesan recipe is how simple and effortless it is to make.
Take all the ingredients, pop them into a dry blender or a food processor and pulse until a crumbled mixture is formed. Voilà!
Crumbly, cheesy and creamy can all be used to describe this simple mix.
So without further rambles, here is my recipe for my cheesy no cheese parmesan.
P.S my curried cauliflower Shepherd’s pie uses nutritional yeast too.
Cheesy no cheese Parmesan
- 1/2 cup almonds raw or roasted
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds raw or roasted
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Pulse in a blender or food processor until crumbly mix forms.