Recipes: Include Hemp at Every Meal with Hemp Seed Condiments

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Condiments are spectacular vehicles for balancing the taste and energy of various meals and dishes. Want a bit more flavor? Need a tad more salty taste? Crave just a smidge more richness? Condiments allow us to balance our food exactly as we desire.

Hemp Seed Gomasio

Rocket fuel, this condiment is. With roasted salt as the vehicle to carry nutrients deep into our bodies, the powerful nutrients of hempseed…complete protein and essential fatty acids are used efficiently to keep us strong and hearty.

  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 cup shelled hempseed

Place a dry skillet over medium-low heat. When the pan is hot, dry roast the salt until the strong aroma has dissipated. Stir in hempseed and cook, while stirring, until the seeds are toasted, 2-3 minutes, taking care not to burn. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool completely. Store in a glass jar, tightly sealed, in a cool, dry place. Use as a delicious condiment on grains, pasta, and vegetables. Makes a generous cup of gomasio.

Vegan Hempseed Garlic “Butter”

Having a hard time giving up butter? Not any more. This decadently rich, garlicky spread will win raves…and no one will miss lathering saturated fat or hydrogenated oil on their bread…and did I mention how rich in essential fatty acids this yummy spread is?

  • 1/3 cup shelled hempseed
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons hempseed oil
  • generous pinch sea salt
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh parsley, finely minced

Place all ingredients, with salt to taste, in a suribachi (grinding bowl) or mortar and pestle and puree until creamy, but not too smooth. If using a blender, simply pulse to create a coarse, but creamy texture. This spread will keep, refrigerated, for about a week. Makes about 2/3 cup.

Spiced HempNut

This nutty condiment is just perfect for sprinkling on grains and vegetables to take them from simple to sublime. Just a touch of spice showcases the naturally rich flavor of the hempseed.

  • 1 cup shelled hempseed
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • generous pinch coriander
  • generous pinch powdered ginger

Heat a dry skillet over medium-low heat and stir in hempseed and soy sauce. Lightly pan toast, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add spices and pan toast until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a glass jar and cool completely before sealing.

Note: This condiment will keep, sealed and in a cool, dry place for 2-3 weeks.

Curried Hempseed

Delicately spicy, this condiment adds just the right touch of sassiness to any vegetable, grain or bean dish.

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • generous pinch sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons shelled hempseed

Place a dry skillet over medium heat and warm through. Stir in curry powder and salt and pan toast them for 2-3 minutes. Stir in hempseed and toast, stirring constantly, until the seeds are fragrant, 3-4 minutes. Take care not to burn the seeds. Transfer to a glass jar and cool completely before sealing. This condiment will keep, in a sealed jar for 1-2 weeks. Makes about 1/3 cup.

Herb-Scented Hempseed

I love this condiment sprinkled on simple grain dishes…but my favorite? I cook pasta with olive oil and garlic and sprinkle these flavorful seeds over top.

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 4 tablespoons shelled hempseed

Place a dry skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, dry roast salt for 1-2 minutes. Stir in dried herbs and roast for 2 minutes. Stir in hempseed and pan roast for 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a glass jar and cool completely before sealing. This condiment will keep, sealed, for 1-2 weeks. Makes about 1/3 cup.

Asian-Spiced Hempseed

A spicy, salty condiment that makes grain dishes absolutely sparkle. Strongly flavored, just a light sprinkle will do the trick with this one.

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons shelled hempseed

Place a dry skillet with soy sauce, chili powder and hempseed over medium-low heat. Stirring constantly, pan roast until the hempseed is quite fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a glass jar and cool completely before sealing. This condiment will keep, sealed, for 1-2 weeks. Makes about 1/2 cup.

 

These recipes were created by Richard Rose and Brigitte Mars.

Photo Credit: Jason Rogers under (CC BY 2.0)  Flickr