I had such a ball reading your comments in my post on foods you loved as a kid. I think I added about 50 more to my list after reading yours. I can’t believe some of us ate the same things- like sugar sandwiches!?! ;) I think kids lose their teeth for a reason…
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Comfort food coming right up…!
Rotini Tomato Pasta with 3 Minute Vegan Parmesan Cheese
I am not a huge pasta fan, but once in a while I do get a craving for it. One thing I have not had since going vegan is Parmesan Cheese. I was excited to find out that making a vegan version is really simple and involves just three ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes! The recipe I used is from Veg Family.
Vegan Parmesan Cheese ingredients:
- 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Directions: Toast sesame seeds until lightly browned and then throw all ingredients into a blender. Process for 30-60 seconds. Enjoy your vegan parmesan cheese!
I cannot even tell you how excited I am over this!!!
It didn’t taste exactly like Parmesan cheese, but I loved it just the same. It made the pasta come alive! I can already see myself sprinkling this on soups, casseroles, lasagna, etc. YUM!
With pita wedges:
You will not regret making this…trust me on this one!
Eric LOVED it…said he liked it just as much, if not more than Parmesan.
David Leonhardt from Glass Dharma recently sent me some of his hand-made glass straws to review. I was really excited to try out these straws given how many Green Monsters and juices that I drink each week.
Hello, my name is David Leonhardt.
I’ve been a lampworker (glassblower) for over 10 years. My wife, Gail & I recently moved from the Sacramento, CA area, to our dream of living on the Mendocino Coast.
I started doing some work for a local glass shop in town and noticed that the owner had glass drinking straws for sale. I had never heard of these before and I am always intrigued by something made out of glass that I hadn’t thought of. I was struck by the unique elegance in such a simple item.
I immediately recognized that here was a partial solution to our “plastics problem”. Now, granted, there are a lot more plastics in our world than just drinking straws, but bear with me a minute and let me put things in perspective … As of March 2008, McDonald’s serves an average of 52 million meals PER DAY! (Per their website) How many of those served do you think were given a plastic straw? I hope it is becoming obvious just how big of a problem these pesky little plastic straws can be. Remember, this is just from McDonalds!!
Nothing makes me more happy than seeing people follow their dreams! Rock on David.
Today I would like to review the Beautiful Bend Glass Dharma Straw.
In the juice: 1 pear, 1 carrot, 1 cuke, 1 piece ginger…down (up?) the tube!
I fell in love with the straws as soon as I saw them. They give such a fun elegance to any drink and it made my juice experience really fun. The best part about the straws is that David offers a Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage which makes the straws risk free. They are also dishwasher safe, which is nice, because we all do enough dishes! I think these straws would make a unique gift for yourself or a loved one- maybe a Green Monster lover, perhaps?
Would you like a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Glass Dharma???
Simply leave one comment below. Open to CAD or US residents only please. Contest ends Thursday Feb. 25th at 8am EST! Goodluck!!
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The vegan parm sounds interesting. All these vegan recipes make me contemplate going vegan. (I’m not even vegetarian right now…). I know there are definite health benefits. Last night I asked my boyfriend if he would still love me if I was a vegan (jokingly, of course). He shrugged his shoulders and said it didn’t matter to him.
Are those glass straws easily breakable? Reusable straws is a clever idea, but how functional might they be in a commercial setting (i.e., a restaurant)?
I love drinking with straws, but hate the waste of using them regularly. This would be ideal!
Such a fantastic idea!! I’d love to have these straws!
I make vegan Parmesan cheese similar to the recipe you posted, but it uses almonds instead of sesame seeds & has a little miso added. YUM!
I would love to buy one of these straws. I have been wanting one for a while, but haven’t taken the plunge.
Oh my gosh, I have been dying to try those straws! Being a broke college student means that they’ve been pushed to the bottom of my list for awhile.
I love these straws and would love to win!
The straws look amazing! What a great idea!
enter me, please :) i love the idea that we’re saving plastic by using them!
what a great idea! perfect for green monsters…
That’s a fine piece of glass – hope to win me some!
How fun! I think I’d start drinking everything from a straw if I had one of these!
I love the parm idea! I put it on stuff more for the texture than for the exact taste, so I think this would be a perfect substitute for me. What a great idea to make glass straws! I wonder how they feel on your teeth?
How cool are the straws!?! So stylish and a plus for the environment.
Love the straws!! I’m entering on behalf of my environmental conscious – I’ve worked with animals in many capacities and straws are always no-no’s in any establishment because so many of them end up inside animals! I drink a green monster everyday so these straws would come in good use… currently don’t use a straw but that means I practically inhale the smoothie… and I hear slow and steady does it?!
I would loooooove one of these!
pretty cool straw… i love straws because I have braces!!! =)
Great idea! I’ve seen glass straws on carrotncake and thought they were such a good idea!
I already commented and I know the contest is over, but I just wanted to let you know that I made the vegan Parmesan cheese last night and it was super good! I think I’ll be making that quite often from now on. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I would love one of those straws! I’ve been eyeing them forever! :)
If it isn’t too late I would LOVE the possibility to win the certificate! xoxo
I don’t know how in the world I wound up on a specific post from so long ago! I thought I clicked on the second page of posts but this is from a while ago.
Lol thinking I could win a contest from Feb ;)
I made this 3 minute parmesan and I have to say – I like it even better than parmesan cheese! It is sooo delicious.
My mother collects glass straws and I really loved drinking out of them as a child. It just made juice and cookies so fancy :-)
What a neat idea! I love the notion of cutting down on waste, and I have to admit that I do use straws. Smoothies just taste better when being slurped up instead of spooned. Anyway I can still enjoy the straw effect and cut down on waste is a win-win in my book!
Thank you for the wonderful recipe! Was looking for a nut free option of the cheese and this fits the bill!!
Re the glass straws….I have several….I love them. The clean easily with a little brush….they are amazing in smoothies (wide enough so your cheeks don’t cave in when you are trying to drink!! LOL) and I feel better knowing that I am not contributing to the landfill. I bought my first one a couple of years back…but dropped it, while on my way out, on my cement porch in – 40 weather…and it broke…I was SOOOO sad. So I purchased a few more. I have been extolling the straws’ virtues…and my adult children are eying them as are my friends (actually one of my friends actually bought one after trying mine!!). So Readers, if you are wondering if you should buy one….if you don’t win one…….YES!!! They are amazing! They would also make awesome gifts….I know that is my plan!
What a really cool idea!
A great substitute for teeth whitening chemicals and agony!
Great for the environment and our smiles!
Wonderfully supportive information, thank you for sharing, which I will now do with friends.
Was starting to be concious of the effect all the smoothies I drink could have on my teeth but hate the idea of throwing out so many plastic straw out there. This is the perfect solution!!!
I got your cookbook this week. Between the blog and the cookbook, I have only eaten your recipes this week. I might be converted. Stay the course, Angela, you are doing us an amazing service.
I apologize if this has been asked before, but how should the sesame seeds be toasted?
Do you have to cool the roasted seeds before blending?
I’ve been looking at the stainless steel straws, but I *much* prefer glass – these ones are absolutely STUNNING!!
Vegan parm is YUMMY!! Thanks so much!
Just wondering what the life expectancy is (I assume it doesn’t require refrigeration)
love the 3-Minute Vegan Parm Recipe! Thank you…!!!!!!!!!!!
Just discovered your site & I am quite excited to try your delicious looking recipes.
Love the idea of thte glass straws.
Would love to try these glass straws. I already drink from a glass, but can’t seem to escape the plastic straws. Looking forward to using these. :-)
I think things taste better if you use special dishes, cups, glasses and straws. Bring it on!
I’m a diabetic vegan and can’t wait to make this. Other recipe I’ve tried have been disappointing. Thank you Angela. I love your books.
I haven’t used straws for years due to the whole plastic thing, so these glass strqws would be a real treat! I’m going to make some of that “Parmesan” as soon as I can get out to buy nutritional yeast. Thanks for both the recipe and the straw giveaway opportunity-much appreciated.
hi there! i just found you at Whole Foods market by your book. Came online to check your site out and am a fan already. i’ve been vegetarian for over 45 years and raised my kids this way also. now playing with vegan cooking and loving it. thank you for all of your recipes and adorable blog. you are now in my favorites and tonight making either Italian Bean Balls and Spaghetti Squash or Lemon Dill Tofu with steamed vegis or salad. sooooo much to choose from. thanks so much!!! daisy
Love the glass straws! Just returned from five weeks in Vietnam and was instantly transported mentally to Thailand, Malaysia and Central America. These countries have a plastic crisis on their hands which mars their beautiful beaches and countrysides. We all need to give a global thank you to David for making these glass straws. There must be a way to make them appealing and cost effective for restaurants and bars on a global basis. My thanks for his ingenuity and to you for spreading the word. Good work.
We make this over and over again in our household. It goes by the name of ‘Crack’ here since it is so addictive and we put it on everything!