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Vegan Parmesan Cheese -GF- Nut Free- Soy Free-

You all know that Parmesan cheese that you get in packets from pizza places or in a shakable bottle at the grocery store. It’s basically like cocaine for your pasta. It might taste really good… but it is really not good for you.

Studies done in 2012 by the FDA actually found most “Parmesan cheese” found at the store contains no real Parmesan cheese, and they often contain sketchy ingredients like wood pulp… WOOD PULP?!

If you are vegan you probably understand the many benefits that come along with ditching dairy, but even if you are not this “cheese” recipe is a great alternative to highly- processed, high- sodium Parmesan cheese you buy at the store.

This super easy- three ingredient vegan Parmesan cheese will please everyone in your family and can be used as a replacement for that icky stuff you top your pizza with.



Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 0 minutes Total time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 Raw Pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons nutrition yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

How To

Place all ingredients in a food processor or small blender and blend until a crumbly consistency.  Do not over blend, or the cheese will become “mushy”

Serve over pasta, pizza, salads, roasted vegetables, use in pesto recipes, and so much more!

Store in an air tight container in the fridge



Thanks for stopping by,

She Eats Plants & Sweets 


Easy Vegan Nachos w/ cheese sauce

Last weekend Carter and I went up to Kansas City, MO for a concert. We love going to Kansas City for two main reasons.. IKEA and FUD.

I am obsessed with the vegan meatballs they sell at IKEA!

FUD is this awesome vegan restaurant that has THE BEST NACHOS in the world, so naturally it was our first stop when we go there on Sunday. Come to find out they only serve breakfast on Sunday and are closed on Monday… NOOOOOOO! So, sadly I did not get my nachos..

That being said I have been craving nachos for a week now. I gave in and made my favorite vegan cheese sauce and some tofu chicken last night.

This cheese is sooo easy and can be saved in the fridge for about a week (it won’t last that long). You can use it on basically anything (nachos, pizza, pasta, eat it with a spoon) whatever works!

Now into the recipe:


Vegan Nachos with cheese sauce and tofu chicken

Serves 4 – 20 mins – vegan – gluten free

for the cheese:

1/2 cup raw cashews (optional soak if you do not have a high powered blender)

3 tablespoons vegan cream cheese

1  cup soy milk (or other non-dairy, soy and cashew milk work best for this)

juice from 1/2 lemon

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon turmeric, cumin, chili

1 garlic clove

sea salt to taste

for the tofu ‘chicken’ 

1/2 block firm tofu

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin, chili, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder


tortilla chips

avocado, salsa, vegan sour cream, cilantro, lime juice

 How to:

  1. cheese- blend the cashews and soy milk in a high powered blender for 1-2 minutes or until very creamy. It should almost be the consistency of half and half.
  2. add in the lemon juice and cream cheese and blend again. add in all the spices and blend until well combined. add more turmeric if you want it to be more yellow.
  3. heat on stove top until warm and it slightly thickens.
  4.  tofu- heat a small skillet on medium heat and add oil. add all spices to the oil and let simmer for a minute. add in the (dried) tofu block and crumble using a wooden spoon or fork. coat the tofu crumbles with the spices and cover.
  5. let simmer for 5 minutes and stir several times. let the tofu turn golden, but not brown. remove from heat until ready for assembly
  6. assemble nachos! Chips, cheese, tofu, cheese, salsa, cheese, guac, cheese.. you get the idea!

These will impress your vegan and non-vegan friends! You can also turn this combo into a tasty taco. Let me know if you try it out and how you like it 🙂

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-She Eats Plants & Sweets

How to order vegan at EVERY coffee shop!

Two main things happen when you go vegan…

  1. total strangers suddenly become VERY concerned with how much protein you are getting, and
  2.   you have no idea what to order at Starbucks besides black coffee?!?!?

But, have no fear I have the answer to one of those problems..

Eating out can be one of the worst parts about being vegan, especially if you do not live in LA or NYC..

This will be the first post in a series of posts titled “Surviving the Meal (vegan food & social life)”  or something like that. This first post will be concerning coffee shops.

I used to be OBSESSED with caramel macchiatos. Hot, iced, through a feeding tube.. whatever works. This was great when I was a vegetarian, but once I learned about the dairy industry and what is really in milk.. I could never drink one of those again.

I have seen several ‘vegan Starbucks guides’, but I know that not everyone lives near a Starbucks, or wants to go to one. I personally love local coffee shops, so this guide should help you order at ANY coffee shop you go to!

Step 1- choose a drink

latte, americano, espresso, cappuccino, flat white, black, blended, ect.

Just pick your favorite and veganize it!  Here’s how..


Step 2- milk swap

Most coffee shops have a dairy free alternative to milk. I prefer soy in lattes because it foams the best, but almond or other nut milks work too!

Note: there might be an extra charge, but it is worth not causing suffering to animals or your body!


Step 3- check the syrup

Most syrups are vegan, but some sauces are not. According to PETA the mocha sauce at Starbucks is vegan (and at a place I used to work the dark chocolate sauce was vegan, but the light one was not!)

DO NOT BE SCARED TO ASK! Asking questions is so important as a vegan, but we will talk about that in another post!I

When I first went vegan I used to tell baristas I want lactose intolerant, because I was nervous about saying I was vegan.. now I shout if from the rooftops!

Step 4- hold the whip 

I have really never had to ask this, I think people assume that if you are getting non-dairy milk then you are probably not going to want dairy whip cream. It never hurts to ask though!


Step 5- blended drinks 

According to PETA frappuccinos can be made vegan with soy milk. If you are not at Starbucks make sure you ask what is in their frapps. A lot of places use a dry milk in their blended drinks. These can usually not be made vegan, but no sweat just go with an iced drink!

Step 6- 

Enjoy your drink!

Once you get the hang of ordering vegan it becomes natural. I honestly love lattes with non-dairy milk. Here are a few drink combo ideas you might like!

-soy vanilla latte

-flat white with soy

– americano with a splash of almond milk

-black coffee with cashew milk

-cold brew with soy

-french press black

-cappuccino with soy

I hope this post helps out, and never miss out on your morning coffee again!

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy coffee and that’s pretty close

-She Eats Plants & Sweets