Pass the Parmesan Cheese Please!
Wait? I thought dairy was one of the major gut disruptors and inflammatory igniters? … It is indeed, however I’ve done a little swap this for that, and made a mix that’ll have your tastebuds as happy as your belly – no cheese needed!
This parmesan is packed with omega-3 rich nuts and seeds to give you that taste of cheese, without the use of diary! My nuts and seeds of choice are hemp, sunflower, and walnuts, all three on my list of brain boosting, hormone balancing, and anti-inflammatory foods. Along with these sources I’ve selected nutritional yeast, an inactive form of yeast; full of B-vitamins, plant based protein, and fiber for an easy go-to topping that benefits your body rather than throwing it off balance like traditional Parmesan Cheese has the tendency to do.
The process involves either a small blender, food processor, or good ol’ mortar and pestal to crush up the ingredients into a fine texture. No worries though, it only takes a second, and can be made in a large batch, because it stores for weeks in the refrigerator! Use this as a healthy swap for store bought parmesan. It’s unique in that it can be added as a topping to salads, creamy addition to soups, or sprinkle for roasted veggies for a boost of protein, healthy fats, fiber, and B-vitamins.
- 1.5 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
Add the walnuts and sunflower seeds to a food processor and pulse until you get small bits.
Combine the nuts and seeds in a mixing bowl with the remainder of ingredients
Store in a glasslock jar in the fridge for weeks.
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