Lunch is a hard meal to prepare. Often, you’re taking meals into the office during the week, and scrambling to pull something together over the weekend.
It’s time to take lunch back.
Let’s put a little more effort into making lunch exciting again with the help of hemp. Here are some of our favorite hemp recipes that are perfect for a lunch that’s also a little different.
Why it’s good to put hemp in food
Hemp gets a bad rap. Mostly, it’s because we associate it with the other common cannabis product, marijuana. And, while you can also cook with marijuana in the states where it’s legal, what we’re talking about here is the country-wide legal product. Hemp can only contain up to 0.3 percent THC. Eating it won’t make you feel high, and it’s perfectly fine to consume mid-day.
Additionally, there are plenty of reasons to eat hemp. It actually might be good for you. More and more people are looking at hemp as a healthy food additive because:
- It has all 21 of the amino acids, protein’s building blocks.
- It’s high in Omega fatty acids.
- It’s a great source of gamma linolenic acid, which can work as an anti-inflammatory.
- It is also high in fiber, Vitamin E and other antioxidants.
Let’s lunch with hemp
Whether you’re familiar with using hemp in recipes, or are trying it for the first time, adding this superfood into your lunch routine may be just the thing, and these recipes make it easy.
Portable, and great on any salad, this hemp-infused salad dressing packs in the flavor. Create your own salad or whip up something a little more exotic to match the dressing’s flavors.
- 2 Tbsp almond butter
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsp agave nectar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 tsp minced ginger
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Black pepper to taste
Blend all the ingredients together until the mixture is completely smooth. Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, and use as needed on your favorite salad.
For something cool and refreshing on hot days, a pasta salad always does the trick. Not only does it pack great flavor, but it’s easy to transport around, stays fresh for a few days at least, and is always filling. Pack it as a side or eat it solo.
- 1 1/2 cups hemp seed hearts
- Juice from 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup packed basil leaves
- 1-2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp white vinegar
- 2 cups arugula
- 12 oz pasta
Pick whatever noodles you’d like for this pasta salad, but make sure it’s something easy to stab with a fork. Cook the noodles according to the package for an al-dente texture.
While that’s going on, make the pesto by combining the hemp seed hearts, lemon juice, basil, water, garlic, vinegar, and salt in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
Once the pasta is done, drain it well and pour back into the pot along with the pesto. Mix until thoroughly coated, then add the sun-dried tomatoes and arugula. Give everything a final toss and place in an air-tight container. Put it in the fridge so it has some time to cool before serving. This also gives the flavors a little more time to combine.
Yes, it’s another salad, but these are always winners when it comes to a fast and easy lunch. You can also make them in larger batches and eat them throughout a single week. This one is full of veggies, with a delightful dressing.
- 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
- Two cups chopped kale
- 2 cups chopped red cabbage
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 1/2 red onion
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro (or parsley) chopped
- 1/2 cup raw hemp hearts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
Combine all the salad ingredients except the hemp hearts, raisins, and sunflower seeds into a food processor. Shred it all up. Once done, fold in the remaining three ingredients and set aside.
You can top with any pre-made salad dressing, or you can make your own. It’s a little more involved, but you have more control over what’s going into your salad dressing. A great companion to this salad is citrus avocado dressing made with:
- 1/2 an avocado
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- Juice from 1 lemon and 1 lime
- 2 cloves garlic
- Half Tbsp fresh cilantro
- 1/2 Tbsp ginger
- 1/2 Tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
- Half tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
Blend it all together until smooth and bottle it to have at-the-ready when it’s time to enjoy your salad. Don’t combine the two too early, it can make the salad soggy.
On colder days, nothing is better than warming up a nice bowl of soup for lunch. It gives you energy for the second part of your day, and takes the chill out of the air. You also don’t have to run out into the weather to grab something when you bring a little bowl of comfort from home.
- 1 lb chicken thighs
- 2 cups broccoli
- 3 Tbsp hemp hearts
- 8 oz bone broth
- 1 tsp pink salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 cube bouillon
- 1/4 cup green chiles are optional if you want a little kick
Boil the chicken until it’s completely done, drain it, and shred it. Place the chicken back into the pot and add all the remaining ingredients. Simmer for about 20 minutes. You can eat one serving immediately and save the rest for additional lunches.
5. Hempseed Bread (perfect for sandwiches)
Sandwiches always make for a great lunch. You can put almost anything between two slices of bread, making it a great staple item to keep in your kitchen. While it’s always easier to go out and buy a pre-made loaf, set aside some time one weekend and try making your own.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup white unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup raw hemp seeds
- Half tsp salt
- 2 tsp agave syrup
- 1 package rapid rise yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
The first thing you need to do is proof your yeast. This is the easy process of activating the yeast so it does its job in getting your bread to rise. To proof your yeast, combine it with the warm water and the agave. Check it after about five minutes. The yeast mixture should look nice and frothy. If that’s not happening, start over again with another package.
While the yeast is doing its thing, combine the hemp seeds, flours, and salt in a large bowl. Once the yeast is ready, make a well in the center of the flours bowl and pour in the yeast. Stir to combine until the mixture begins looking like a ball of dough.
Transfer the dough ball to a floured surface and knead for about five minutes. The dough will feel lumpy from the hemp seeds, and that’s okay. Put the dough ball into an oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let it sit for two hours, where it should double in size. After this time period, punch the dough down, reshape into a ball, and let it rise again for another hour. Then, bake it at 375 for 30 minutes.
Getting comfortable with hemp
As you discover what hemp recipes work best for you, and begin to like having the ingredient in your meals on a daily basis, you might want to try other hemp-derived products. Not all of them require cooking. At Arbor Vita8, our online store features both edible and topical hemp-derived products to try. We’ve even got CBD for your pets. Each product is unique, high-quality, and competitively priced. Start shopping today.