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Parma!: Product Review

  I am not an entirely plant-based eater, but one staple I always have in my kitchen is nutritional yeast, a favorite of vegans everywhere for its yummy, cheezy, savoury flavour and high nutrient content. I often use it in place of cheese just because I love how it tastes. If like me, you are a fan of Nooch, than you will also love the line of seasoning products from Parma! They are made from nutritional yeast and a variety of nuts, seeds and flavourings. All the products are also:    The company sent me all 4 of their flavours to try: Original Better Than Bacon Chipotle Cayenne Garlicky Green Now if you are vegan, you can use these seasonings on popcorn, veggies, potatoes, bread, tofu, nuts, really anything savoury! I tried the Original and Garlicky Green on roasted veggies, the Chipotle on roasted salmon, and the Better Than Bacon on an egg white omelet. All are tasty but the Better Than Bacon smoky flavour is definitely my favorite. I also really liked the Chipotle but it lacked th
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