Easy Nut-Free Crunchy Vegan Parmesan Cheese: 2 Minutes, 4 Ingredients

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Mood: “Necessity is the Mother of Invention“. Have you grown up hearing this Greek proverb? Well, I have. And last weekend, this phrase sprang to life, right before my eyes! See, I had just finished fixing a salad for lunch & it was all hot, fresh & ready to go, when suddenly I realized, my meal was missing some much needed oomph! Croutons, Vegan Cheese, both? Panic struck when I discovered that I had none of these wonderful things in my kitchen at that moment. What should I do?! I didn’t have enough time, ingredients or inclination to make a nut cheese. My heart sank further when I saw the fresh Arugula slowly wilting from the heat of the salad. Think Paroma, THINK! And that’s when it hit me, like a bright ray of AHA sunshine! I used what I had in my pantry & lo behold, Instant Nut Free Vegan Parmesan Cheese! Simple. Herby. Crunchy. Cheesy. Delicious:) No nuts needed, no food processor required. Just 1 bowl, 2 minutes, 4 ingredients:) Part Crouton. Part Cheese. 100% Garnish Goodness:)


Time: 2 minutes
Serving Size: 1/4 cup (approx.)

Category: Cheese; Garnish
Author: Animagus Eats


Ingredients:
• 2 tbsp Panko Bread Crumbs
• 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast*
• 1/2 tsp Sea Salt Crystals

• 1 tsp Dried Herb Mix*


 

 

 


Method:
1. Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl.

2. Crumble the nutritional yeast flakes & bread crumbs further using your hands (or a spoon). The mixture should be half powder, half crumbs, so that you have a nice Parmesan like texture, with an extra crouton like crunch:)

3. And voila! Your Easy Nut Free Crunchy Vegan Parmesan Cheese is ready:) Sprinkle the cheese over salads, pasta, pizza, the works:) You can store it in an airtight container for upto a week:) Enjoy:)


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Notes:
* Panko is an extremely crunchy member from the Japanese side of Bread Crumbs family:) It is crunchier and flakier than regular bread crumbs & it is important to use Panko in order to get the crispy crouton like texture. It is available at most grocery stores and online on Amazon:) India peeps, you can get yourself some Panko here on Amazon India:)
* Nutritional Yeast (ie. Nooch) is the main ingredient of the recipe because it captures the true essence of cheese:) Haven’t used Nooch before? Well, what are you waiting for? This magical ingredient will help you fill all your cheesy voids & it’s actually quite healthy too! Read more about it 
here. So, where can you score some Nooch? Check out vegan friendly grocery stores & even better, it’s also available online on Amazon:) Folks in India, you can buy it here on Amazon India:) One pack will last you a long time & trust me, it’s 125% worth it:)
* I used the Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute Herb Mix. It includes a dry mix of Onion, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Cumin, Coriander, Lemon, Garlic, etc. You can use a mix of any/all of your favourite herbs/spices:)

 

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