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December 27, 2015

Parma Vegan Cheese

by Anne Paddock

Parma is good karma!

Watching a fresh hunk of Italian parmesan cheese turn into a snowfest on top of my pasta used to make me giddy with delight. After all, what’s better than a big bowl of pasta covered in tomato or pesto sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese? Few things are, so going dairy-free relegated parmesan cheese to a distant bittersweet memory. But life has a way of opening a new door after one has been shut. 

Back when I was a cheese snob, fromage sold in a shake top container would never make it into my grocery cart but one of the things people learn on a dairy-free diet is that nut-based products make fantastic substitutes for milk, yogurt, and cheese, which is how I discovered Parma – a blend of  ground raw organic walnuts, raw organic sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, raw organic hemp seeds, and Himalayan sea salt – packaged in a plastic container with a shaker top. The flavor isn’t exactly parmesan but instead a rich, nutty topping with a slight hint of cheese. Hello pasta, good-bye deprivation.

zucchini-noodles_with_ParmaParma is the brainchild of Sister River Foods, a small food company based just north of Medford, Oregon. Founded with the belief that eating healthy, minimally processed foods is a major key to feeling our best, the company started making Parma for those who wanted a plant-based alternative to parmesan cheese that didn’t sacrifice flavor.

Versatile and conveniently packaged in two sizes – a 3.5 ounce and a 7 ounce shaker container, Parma is so tasty that you will start sprinkling its nutty goodness on vegetables, popcorn, salads, toast, kale chips, and more. Parma is best stored in the refrigerator once opened to maintain freshness.Green_Beans_with_Parma

Parma can be purchased on-line at www.veganessentials.com ($6.49 for 3.5 ounces and $9.99 for the 7 ounce container). Also, see the company locator service (www.eatparma.com) to find other on-line and brick and mortar retailers.Parma

The company also makes two flavors of Parma:  Chipotle Cayenne Parma and Garlicky Green Parma. See the website for more information.

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