Short post today! I just wanted to share my Parmesan cheese recipe with y’all! It’s so delicious and easy to make! Enjoy!
Parmesan cheese is something I always like to have on hand. It’s so easy to make and adds a ton of flavor. I love to add it to anything and everything from my chickpea-quinoa meatballs to my margherita pizza. The cashews and nutritional yeast work together perfectly to give it a cheesy flavor.
Another reason I love this recipe is because it’s three ingredients and two easy steps!
Grab your cashews, nutritional yeast, and salt!
Blend in your blender or pulse in your food processor! I have this really small one which is good when I want to make little things like this!
Voila! Super easy
- Servings: 5
- Calories: 42
- Protein: 2.6g
- Carbohydrates: 2.8g
- Fat: 2.2g
- Sugars: .5g
B Vitamins: Thiamine (B-1), Riboflavin (B-2), Niacin (B-3), Pantothenic Acid (B-5), Pyridoxine (B6), Folate (B-9), and Cobalamins (B-12)
Nutritional yeast is most of the time fortified with B-vitamins. B-vitamins are water-soluble vitamins meaning that they can dissolve in and are transported throughout the body in water. Additionally, water-soluble vitamins are not stored in our body; whatever excess we have is lost in our urine. Water-soluble vitamins are all of the B-Vitamins and Vitamin C. This is in contrast to fat-soluble vitamins that dissolve in fat and can be stored in our body. Fat- soluble vitamins are vitamins A,D,E, and K.
Nutritional yeast contains all of the B-vitamins listed above. It’s very very important that we have all of these essential nutrients because many B-vitamins act as cofactors in metabolism and DNA replication. For example, folate is used to create dihydrofolate, a compound used in the synthesis of purines. Purines are nucleotides that help build protein and are the nucleic portion of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. Thus, it is essential that we have folate so that DNA can be synthesized.
As Vegans, We Hear a lot about B12. What is it and Why Do We Need It?
If you are vegan, you know that B-12 is a hard vitamin to come by. Luckily, many things, such as nutritional yeast, are now fortified with it. However, before this fortification, it was easy to become B-12 deficient as a vegan. Many people have used B-12 as an argument that we are meant to eat animal products, because they contain B-12. However, I’m here to tell you that this argument is flawed.
While animal products do contain B-12, soil also produces it. Researchers at Harvard and MIT found that certain strains of bacteria in the soil do produce B-12. If B-12 is found in the soil, then why do we have a problem with intake? Mass producing of produce and the use of pesticides have stripped our soil of the ability to make vitamin B-12. Therefore, it inhibits us from receiving this nutrient from non-animal sources. B-12 is beneficial because it also contributes to DNA synthesis as well as can help prevent anemia.
- Office, Anne Trafton News. “MIT Biologists Solve Vitamin Puzzle.” MIT News. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 21 Mar. 2007. Web. 26 July 2017.
- “Veganise Me.” Veganise Me RSS. N.p., 13 July 2011. Web. 26 July 2017.