One of the staples of our Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet that we’ve just discovered in the last several months is Chef AJ’s Faux Parm. We use this stuff on EVERYTHING – vegetables, chili, pasta, stews, soups – you name it. Anything that would have been made better with parmesan when we were eating the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) is made even better with this fantastic salty-but-contains-no-salt mixture. By the way, be sure to pick up Chef AJ’s book Unprocessed for more fantastic recipes just like this one!
The ingredients for the faux parm couldn’t be more simple – there’s only three: Almonds, Nutritional Yeast and salt-free seasoning. Personally, I took AJ’s suggestion and ordered Benson’s Gourmet Seasonings “Table Tasty” salt substitute. It’s made completely of herbs and spices, contains no MSG, preservatives, potassium chloride or sodium. It is DELICIOUS.
Chef AJ’s Faux Parmesan Recipe:
1 Cup Almonds (I prefer them blanched, slivered and I keep them in the fridge, they seem to stay more fresh)
1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast (you can find this in health food stores, Whole Foods, many groceries and online)
1.5-2 TB Benson’s Table Tasty Salt Substitute
I put them through the food processor until the consistency is fine (sometimes I leave it a little more coarse for texture) – it’s about 8-10 seconds in the processor.
That’s it! You’re left with a great seasoning/flavor enhancer to use on any dish you’d like!