CBD comfort food doesn’t have to be reserved for fall and winter months. Life changes can happen at any time, and when stress or tension build – a meal that makes you happy might just be what’s needed to uplift your spirit. We’ve put together a few recipes using spring ingredients and spices that feel like a big hug from the inside out.
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Triple Fried French Fries with CBD Dipping Sauce
Potatoes are in season all year long. In the spring, they’re commonly used for potato salad. Sometimes you just want a greasy burger and fries. Instead of buying frozen fries that have already been fried, make them at home using your deep fryer or air fryer. This recipe uses a deep fryer, but you can easily adjust the cooking instructions for an air fryer.
1 potato per person
1 – 2 teaspoons of sea salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
2 dashes hot sauce
¼ cup grated onion
1 – 2 droppers Organic Olive Oil Tincture
1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
6 grinds of fresh pepper (we suggest a peppercorn medley)
Start by washing your potatoes in cold water. Slice them lengthwise into 4 slices. Cut the slices into sticks. Try to make them about the same size. Soak in cold water and a cap or two of white vinegar for 30 minutes to 8 hours (the longer the better).
Drain the water and pat the potatoes dry. Heat oil to 325 degrees. When ready, fry potatoes in batches for 5 minutes. Do not overcrowd your fryer. This is the blanching phase. After 5 minutes, dump the fries out onto paper towels to allow excess oil to drain.
Once the blanching is all done. Increase the temperature of the oil to 350 degrees. Fry each batch for 3 minutes. Repeat the draining step on paper towels. When this step is done, increase the heat again to 360 and fry each batch for 2 minutes. Immediately salt the fries.
While you’re waiting for oil to reach temperature, make the dipping sauce. The dipping sauce is easy – put all of the remaining ingredients into a bowl and stir until they’re all combined. Cover it and keep the sauce in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
Roasted Spring Vegetables and Quinoa with CBD
Roasting vegetables brings out their true flavor so much more than boiling or cooking them with oil in a skillet. It’s super easy to do to. Roasted vegetables are a great way to make a sheet pan meal. You can easily add protein to the roasting pan, like chicken or cubed pork.
1 package of quinoa prepared according to the instructions (cook in vegetable stock instead of water for extra flavor)
1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 onion (whatever you have on hand)
3 Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 – 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut all of your veggies into 1-inch slices or pieces. Toss in olive oil, sea salt, pepper and the Italian seasoning. Roast for 30 minutes, flipping the veggies ½ way through.
For the last 5 minutes of roasting, sprinkle on the parmesan cheese.
Put the quinoa in a large family style serving bowl and drizzle the CBD tincture over it and toss.
When the vegetables come out of the oven, scoop them into the bowl with the quinoa and toss.
Sprinkle more parmesan on top as well as some fresh parsley or other fresh herbs that you might have on hand.
Spring Barbecue Sauce with CBD and Peaches
Spring is when the grills come out. Sure, bottled sauce is convenient, but why not just make your own? It really is easier than you think.
1 cup tomato puree
1 teaspoon hickory or mesquite liquid smoke
1 clove garlic smashed, peeled and minced
¼ cup sweet onion minced
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup molasses (you can also substitute dark brown sugar)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ cup fresh peach puree (you can add more smoky flavor by grilling the peaches first)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
2 droppers Alchemy
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (regular paprika is fine if you don’t have smoked)
1 ½ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Start by putting your olive oil, garlic and onion into a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and allow them to soften. Then add in your cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and ground ginger. Cook for 5 minutes and add in the vinegar and molasses. Cook 5 more minutes and add the liquid smoke, tomato puree and peach puree.
If you like spicy sauce, add a teaspoon or so of crushed red pepper flake or Sambal.
Allow the sauce to thicken and reduce by half. Pour it into a bowl to cool. After about 10 minutes, add in your Alchemy.
This sauce is great on pork, chicken and even shrimp. Peaches aren’t a fruit that typically go with beef, but if you add a little rootbeer to the sauce (a tablespoon or 2), then it’s ready for beef. This sauce is also ideal for barbecue pasta.
These recipes are easy, delicious and are full of flavor. They’ll leave you smiling, feeling happy about the burst of flavors you’ve just experienced and that can be comforting. Share your favorite spring comfort food recipes with us. We’d love to see your photos and recipes.
When cooking with CBD it’s important to remember that it is heat sensitive. Please follow the directions we’ve provided regarding when to add the CBD to these recipes. It helps protect the cannabinoids in the tinctures.