This cashew-seed seasoning is reminiscent of crumbly parmesan in texture and cheesy taste (thanks to the unique flavor profile of nutritional yeast, which is gluten and dairy-free, as well as packed with B vitamins). It’s the ideal plant-based topping for any savory dish, adding a slight crunch and nutty finish to every bite. Most intriguing is the addition of organic dried kelp flakes from Maine that adds saltiness and further boosts the nutrient density of this nut-seed-spice medley.
Seaweeds have a rich nutrient profile, with antibacterial and antioxidant properties. They support immune health, the nervous system, and offer a variety of bioavailable minerals (wakame, kelp, and kombu are particularly known for their calcium, iron and iodine content).
Seaweeds can be incorporated into your diet in a number of ways: soaked and added to soups or stir-fry (as is the case with hijiki); enjoyed cold in salads (arame and wakame); added to plant proteins during the cooking process to improve digestibility (kombu); used as a flaky salt substitute (such as Marine Coast Vegetables Kelp Seasoning used in this recipe, which boasts a rich source of iodine); or transformed into sheets of nori and eaten as a sushi handroll (enjoyed with ‘riced’ cauliflower, sliced avocado, shrimp, sesame seeds, and coconut aminos, an alternative to soy sauce for dipping).
In addition to the health benefits listed above, different seaweed varieties have been linked to metabolic, digestive and thyroid health. Still, it’s important to maintain an open dialogue with your physician to determine what’s right for your health plan, as consumption of seaweed in certain forms (such as a salt alternative) can result in excess iodine intake depending on your bio-individual needs.
Finally, it’s important to consider source and quality. Choose certified organic brands of seaweeds, including Marine Coast Vegetables and Eden Foods, to ensure quality product from safe waters without heavy metal contamination.
Cashew Crumble Cheese:
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon Maine Coast Vegetables Kelp Seasoning Salt Alternative
- 1/4 teaspoon ground garlic powder
Place the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.