I will start this post by saying that I am no chef. I have no formal training, but I just have a love of food. I probably hold my knives wrong and I’m sure that my measurements are off, but I won’t let any of that stop me from sharing my love of cooking. To further my honesty, I will tell you that I always thought that I was a good cook even when I barely cooked. I used to buy a frozen pizza and add my own toppings… then VOILA…. I made dinner!… I remember in college impressing my boyfriend (now-husband) by adding fresh jalapenos to a DiGornos pizza. He thought I was awesome and that I had mad cooking skills. Okay, so that’s where I started, but I’ve learned so much over the past 10 years.
I thought that I’d start with a simple recipe, vegan parmesan. This is a staple in our refrigerator. I created this recipe because our family loves pizza. We make it a couple of nights a week. However, I could not find a vegan cheese that satisfied us.
This recipe is AMAZING. It has brought our love of pizza to a new level. My girls like just sauce and vegan parm. My husband and I like to be more creative. Sometimes, we’ll make a pizza loaded with toppings and sometimes we like to make a stuffed pizza.
Think parmesan in a can, only better. Don’t expect for it to taste like parmesan in a can, because it’s flavored! This recipe will satisfy your desire for something rich, fatty, and salty while still being healthy. It’s gluten-free and made from whole foods and can be made in under a minute. Use on pizzas, pastas, garlic bread, salad…. etc.
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until there are no whole pieces of cashews and it has a crumbly texture. Do not over blend! You do not want cashew butter!
- Use immediately. Store any unused parmesan in a glass container in the refrigerator.
Heathen Vegan Mamma says
I’m so jealous!! you ARE a chef in my book!!! I need to figure out a way to make this with out tree nuts. It is so hard!! We love cashews, but I hate to make even more things that Koda can’t eat. sigh. Any suggestions? We can do peanuts…or (ugh) soy beans…
Cindy Ford says
I was thinking about the tree nut issues… Maybe we can come up with a nut-free alternative together!
I’m just one person at home, how long will this last in fridge? or can you keep it longer in the freezer?
Cindy Ford says
That’s a great question!….
I’ve kept it in the fridge for a week or two and it’s been totally fine. You can store it in the freezer too if you don’t think that you’ll get to it soon enough. Just shake it up a bit to loosen it up. Hope you like it!