This salty cashew seed seasoning is reminiscent of crumbly parmesan in texture and cheesy taste. This is because of the unique flavor of nutritional yeast, which is gluten and dairy free, and packed with B vitamins. Equally intriguing is the addition of dried kelp flakes, which adds saltiness and further boosts the nutrient density.
Seaweeds have an impressive nutrient profile, with antibacterial and antioxidant properties that support immune health and the nervous system. Moreover, you can add these vegetables to your diet in a number of easy ways. Still, it’s important to always speak to your healthcare provider to determine what’s right for your bio-individual needs, as wakame, kelp, and kombu in particular are rich in calcium, iron and iodine.
Here are 5 ways to incorporate seaweed into your diet:
- Soak hijiki to soften the vegetable; then, add it to soups or stir-fry.
- Enjoy arame and wakame in salads, for added flavor.
- Add a strip of kombu when cooking beans, to increase their digestibility. Enzymes found in kombu help to break down sugars found in legumes.
- Use dried kelp as a salt substitute, which is a rich source of iodine.
- Make homemade sushi hand-rolls using nori sheets. Add brown rice or diced cauliflower, avocado, shrimp, and sesame seeds. Finally, dip your hand-rolls in coconut aminos (a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce).
Salty Cashew Seed Seasoning:
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or Maine Coast Vegetables Kelp Seasoning Salt Alternative (see notes for disclaimer)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground garlic powder
- Food processor
First, place the raw cashews, nutritional yeast, seeds, salt (or salt alternative) and garlic powder in the food processor. Then, pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Finally, store this seasoning in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Enjoy this seasoning in several of my recipes, including my bell pepper sauce, my flatbread, and my sweet potato noodle bolognese. Additionally, add this seasoning to any savory dish for extra crunch.
- Different seaweed varieties are linked to metabolic, digestive and thyroid health. However, consuming seaweed in certain forms may result in excess iodine intake, depending on your needs. Always speak to your qualified healthcare provider when making changes to your diet. Material presented on this website should not be considered medical advice.
- Consider source and quality when selecting seaweeds. For example, choose certified organic brands of seaweeds to ensure quality product from safe waters without heavy metal contamination.
- When purchasing cashews, you will always find them shelled, unlike some other nuts that you can buy with their shell still intact. The external layer of cashews (which is removed during processing and prior to packaging) contains urushiol, which is toxic if consumed, and the same compound found in poison ivy that causes an allergic skin reaction. It is no surprise then that cashews and poison ivy are related! In their original form, cashews are green and grow from the cashew apple.