Cooking with Cannabis: Stoner Stir Fry

cannabis chicken stoner stir fry recipe

Cooking With Cannabis

Before people began drying, curing, and smoking their cannabis, they were using it as a regular food source. Our ancient ancestors first ate the seeds for their high protein, and omega 3 content, eventually moving to the rest of the plant including the buds and the leaves. Not only does the raw plant have a wonderful array of nutrients, it can also have flavors that vary greatly from strain to strain, making it excellent for use as a spice.

While the extensive variation in taste is a benefit in and of itself, it can also be a double edged sword. There are just so many, how can you tell which one is right for your dish? Well the first thing you must do is start with a high quality cannabis, with a recent harvest date and strong terpene profile. Older, or lower quality cannabis, while cheaper, won’t have the same intensity of flavor as something nice and fresh.

Secondly, you must figure out what kind of dish you’re preparing, something spicy pairs well with earthy peppery notes. Sweeter, more pine-like flavors work wonderfully in pesto and pasta dishes. If you can’t decide on something, ask your budtender, we are more than happy to help you find just the right bud! Once you’ve figured out your meal plan and have your weed picked out, it’s time to start cooking. For some inspiration, I’ve prepared a simple recipe which I have used myself multiple times.

Stoner Stir Fry

Serves 4

● Ingredients:

○ 4 cups rice (I prefer jasmine, but any rice will do)

○ 1.5-2lbs chicken, cubed

○ 1 medium zucchini, cubed

○ 1 head of broccoli cut to small pieces

○ 2 bell peppers, 1 red, 1 yellow, chopped

○ 2-6 green chillies to taste/spice tolerance

○ ½ large onion, chopped

○ 1-2 cloves garlic to taste, minced

○ 1g ground cannabis (For this recipe I suggest something like gorilla glue or rapper kush)

○ 2 Tbs coconut oil

○ 1 Tbs soy sauce

○ 1 Tbs rice vinegar

○ 1.5 tsp smoked paprika

○ 1 tsp cumin

○ Salt and pepper to taste

 

● Begin cooking the rice by the instructions on its packaging, you will want to start this first as it will be done around the time that the stir fry is finished

● In a large skillet or wok, melt 2 tbs coconut oil and saute garlic, onion, and cannabis until onions begin to glaze or about 6-7 minutes.

● Once the garlic mixture has finished sauteing, add the chicken, paprika, cumin,salt, and pepper and allow to cook evenly.

● As the chicken finishes cooking, add the broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, and chillies and cook until tender.

● Finally, add the soy sauce and vinegar and allow to simmer for 2 minutes

● Smoke a bowl, serve over rice and enjoy!

 

-Budtender Andrew

Recipe: Easy Infused Kickin’ Chicken

grilled infused cannabis chicken

Sometimes cooking with cannabis can be complicated, from infusing your own butter or oils, to using the whole plant. That’s why we love using products like Verdita Dragon infused syrup by Craft Elixirs. The dosing is already done for you, so you have total control of your experience. This recipe makes it outrageously easy.

Unlike trying to infuse butter or oil to cook with and not really knowing what the dose is afterward, these syrups are measured out for you already, making recipes a piece of cake. The syrup we are using for this recipe comes in a 100mg bottle that can be easily dosed to your preference.

For this simple recipe, we used a jalapeno and cannabis infused syrup to add the kick to our kickin’ chicken.

spicy cannabis infused syrup

Ingredients

4-6 thin cut chicken breasts

1/2 C extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lime

salt

pepper

red pepper flakes

Verdita Dragon infused syrup by Craft Elixirs, dosed to your liking

Step 1: If the chicken breasts are not already sliced thin, place them on a cutting board and slice them horizontally through the middle with a sharp knife. Salt and pepper both sides of each piece of chicken.

Step 2: Add oil, lime juice, pepper flakes, and 40-100mg dose of Verdita Dragon cannabis syrup, depending on your desired dose per piece of chicken, to a plastic resealable bag. Shake to mix.

Step 3: Put seasoned chicken into the bag with the oil mixture and shake to coat chicken. Let sit for at least one hour, or for better infusion and flavor, overnight in the refrigerator.

Step 4: Grill chicken over medium heat, basting occasionally with the remaining sauce, and serve hot.

Serving suggestions: Serve with a slice of lime to juice over the top. Top with jalapeno slices or a spicy chimichurri to give it even more kick. Or top with a pineapple mango chutney to cut the heat.

 

Cannabis; The Superfood

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Many of you may already be familiar with the cannabis plant, it goes by many names, Mary Jane, Reefer, Chronic, Ganja, and Herb. You’re also most likely already familiar with smoking out of bongs on your couch at home and passing joints with friends, or maybe even eating too many brownies at a party. However, have you ever considered having a freshly chopped Marijuana leaf salad?

The marijuana plant itself contains over 400 various and unique chemical compounds, these chemical compounds are what makes Marijuana a superfood. Recent research on cannabis from medical professionals such as Dr. William L. Courtney (who began with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, University of Michigan) has led to the discovery that cannabis is in fact, a superfood! Medical cannabis professionals, including Dr. William L. Courtney, even suggest that raw cannabis consumption should be a vital part of everyone’s day-to-day diet. On that note, people suffering from chronic illness could benefit greatly from the daily consumption of raw cannabis.

Like most dark leafy greens, the leaves of the Marijuana plant (as well as its flowers/” buds”) contain important nutrients such as fiber, protein and essential vitamins. Some of these nutrients include; Folate (which is essential for DNA repair) Iron, Calcium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. just to name a few! Cannabis is also packed full of antioxidants and in certain strains, the flavonoid compound anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are responsible for the dark purple color that is found in Cannabis Indica plants (like Granddaddy Purple). It is also found in common foods like blackberries, plums, eggplant, red onions and even red raspberries. These anthocyanins counteract the imbalance of oxidative and antioxidative factors in our bodies, therefore defending our health. Not to mention, cannabis contains an abundance of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, as well as terpenes and essential amino acids. On top of all of that, what makes cannabis (including Hemp) exclusive to other leafy greens, is all the cannabinoids that it contains. When consuming cannabis in this raw manner, it’s considered to be a vegetable!

Incorporating fresh cannabis into one’s daily diet is extremely nutritional in many ways, that’s for sure! Nevertheless, there is one stipulation that makes consuming raw cannabis rather difficult to achieve in our society now. This being, you can’t simply add any dried and cured cannabis to a blender and expect to receive these benefits. You must consume the fresh plant, like you would with spinach/other leafy greens from either the grocery store. Now, this would be simple, if growing your own cannabis was legal… unfortunately this is still not the case in most of the United States. Even in the states where it is legal, there are licenses and medical requirements that make it impossible for the common person to grow. If we had the ability to buy bagged, fresh cannabis, our diets would be greatly enhanced! Yet, we still must take growing methods into consideration. Consuming food sprayed with harmful pesticides whether it be cannabis or any other vegetable, is an immense health risk. As we know, it’s rather difficult and often expensive to find organic, non-genetically modified vegetables on the market. Therefore, home growing would be an advantageous option for many, if it were legal! Hopefully as knowledge about cannabis spreads, we will see some acceptance towards the home gardening of this plant.

Now, the question you’ve probably been asking yourself this whole time is, “…but will it get me high?”. Here’s the situation: Cannabis when consumed fresh, usually has a higher concentration of THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol-acid) as opposed to THC. THCA itself does not produce a psychoactive high when consumed. THCA must first be converted into THC, which can be done simply by applying heat! Some of the conversion also happens in the drying/curing stage of marijuana, which is another reason why eating the plant fresh is recommended for the strongest nutritional benefit. This is good news to those who would like to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC but still enjoy the anti-inflammatory properties of THCA along with all the nutritional benefits of eating a superfood. So, in short, you’d have to eat a heck of a lot of raw cannabis to feel any sort of high from it and even then, you’re better off just smoking it instead for recreational purposes.

All told, the cannabis plant is beneficial to our health in many ways, one of those ways being that it can be consumed like a vegetable. With all those vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, cannabis makes the perfect addition to any recipe! Unfortunately eating raw cannabis in this day’s society might be rather difficult to achieve, however hopefully that will change soon. If you’d like to experience the nutritional and non-psychoactive benefit of cannabis in your diet, and you can get your hands on some fresh leaves yourself, here are a few ideas for you! You could either straight up use the leaves whole, mixed with other greens such as spinach, kale and arugula and mix yourself your favorite salad. You could also grind or chop up the leaves and sprinkle them into a finished pesto sauce or maybe over a finished tomato soup. You can even make raw cannabis smoothie to start your morning right! Keep in mind, when storing raw cannabis, you should store it in the fridge, like you would other fresh leafy greens. Here’s a recipe to keep in the cookbook for when the opportunity arises to consume some raw cannabis.

  • By Budtender Autumn

cannabis banana blueberry smoothie recipe

Blueberry Banana and Raw Cannabis Smoothie

  • 1 Banana
  • 3 (Large) Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • ½ Cup Coconut Milk
  • ½ Cup Almond Milk
  • 1tsb Chia Seeds (if you like the texture)
  • 1tsb Hemp Seeds
  • 1tsb Flax Seeds
  • 15 Fresh Cannabis Leaves and 2-4 grams of Raw Cannabis Buds (if available)

 

Infused Cocktails for Two

cannabis infused moscow mule humboldt cocktail

If you’re looking to impress your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, you may want to try one of these delicious infused cocktails. They’re simple enough for the amateur bartender, but they are sure to deliver on flavor. Perfect for a romantic dinner in, or a pre-dinner cocktail before you hit the town. None of these recipes include alcohol, but you can alter them if you would like to add a punch to your punch, if you know what I mean.

Let’s start with a classic infused margarita, or margaWEEDah. This is much like the classic alcoholic version, minus the alcohol, with a fizzy twist. The Verdita Dragon infused syrup has a nice hint of heat from jalapeno juice that makes this mocktail a real heart warmer.

MargaWEEDah (makes 2)margaweedah infused cannabis margarita cocktail recipe

4-8oz margarita mix

3-4 capfuls of Verdita Dragon infused syrup by Craft Elixirs

Juice of 1 lime

4-8oz soda water (we suggest equal parts soda/mix)

Jalapeno and lime wedge for garnish

 

 

 

cannabis infused moscow mule humboldt cocktailWe love a good Moscow Mule, so we put our own spin on it with another Craft Elixirs infused syrup – Gingergrass. It really packs a nice ginger punch. If you’re a fan of a good mule, you’ll love our Humboldt Mule cannabis infused version.

 

 

Humboldt Mule (makes 2)

8oz Ginger Beer (We love the Cock N Bull brand)

3-4 capfuls of Gingergrass infused syrup by Craft Elixirs

Juice of 1 lime

lime wedge for garnish

 

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned White Russian? We put our own spin on this classic cocktail using Craft Elixirs Bagley Avenue Brew syrup, which is coffee flavored and absolutely amazing. We call it the Weed Russian. This would be the perfect nightcap for snuggling up by the fire with your sweetheart. It’s also great as a simple sweetener for your morning coffee.

Weed Russian (makes 2)cannabis infused white weed russian cocktail mocktail

2-4 capfuls of Bagley Ave Brew infused syrup by Craft Elixirs

4oz soda water

4oz half and half

Serve over ice

 

Whether you’re hitting the town, or snuggling down for the night, we hope these cannabis infused mocktails will make your Valentine’s Day a sheer delight. Pick up your Craft Elixirs mixers at House of Grass.

Recipe: Mulled Infused Cider

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It’s winter time. Time to come inside, enjoy the fruits of the holiday season in the form of warm drinks that make us happy and our spirits bright. One of my favorite seasonal beverages is hot spiced cider, or wine, or cranberry, or whatever. As long as it’s hot and spicy.

Here’s a great recipe for mulled infused cranberry. You can sub just about any juices. Mix it up. Enjoy.

3 C cranberry juice

3 C orange juice

mulling spices (to taste)

1-2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange – cut in quarters

Lemon “Kick Back” ZootDrops

Combine juices and mulling spices in a saucepot on med heat. Add cinnamon sticks and orange quarters. Simmer as long as you can stand it (about an hour) to infuse the juice with the spices. Serve in mugs and add 1 capfull (10mg dose) of ZootDrops to each mug.

*I suggest adding ZootDrops individually so you can control your personal dose, and so that others who wish to drink plain mulled juice can do so without any THC.

Recipe: Dankest Brownie Sundae

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Love brownies? Love ice cream? Have we got a treat for you! Try this recipe on for size. Not only will you love the way it tastes, you’ll love the feeling that kicks in a bit later. The toothsome chewy brownie, plus the soft chill of the ice cream and the earthiness of the Dank chocolate syrup all combine to make a killer sundae.

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Ingredients:

1-2 10mg infused caramel espresso brownies by Zoots.

1 scoop vanilla ice cream

1 capful Dank Chocolate Syrup by Craft Elixirs (available in Indica, Sativa, or CBD)

top with whipped cream.

20-30 mg total THC (depending on number of brownies)

Recipe: Pumpkin Mocha Shake

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Legal Beverages just introduced a new Cold Brewed Coffee Mocha and we couldn’t be more excited. This is a slightly carbonated cold brew with a touch of sugar. It’s infused with a little sativa to give you an extra lift in the morning. Add a bit of your favorite coffee creamer and get moving. Or, even better, blend it into an amazing morning milkshake (or afternoon, or whenever). We decided to make our own version of a seasonal favorite, the pumpkin spice frappuccino. Here’s what we did.

Ingredients (Serves 2):

1 8oz Legal Beverage Coffee Mocha infused drink – we used a 10mg dose

1/2 C Pureed Pumpkin or Pumpkin Pie Filling (suggest if you use pure pumpkin to add some pumpkin pie spice)

2 C Vanilla Ice Cream*

 

Blend all ingredients until it reaches a creamy, frothy, gorgeousness. Top with whipped cream and a little pumpkin pie spice or ground nutmeg if desired.

Drink and be delighted. You’re welcome.

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*For a lighter version, try vanilla frozen yogurt, or blend with ice and a touch of vanilla and agave or honey.

New Addition: Craft Elixirs

cannabis infused cocktail craft elixirs gimlet

 

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
― Francis of Assisi

Craft Elixirs are the newest addition to Mary Jane’s House of Grass’s vastly growing inventory, and we’re extremely excited to share them with you. Craft Elixirs currently offers three different product types; their flagship elixirs, dehydrated fruits, and alcohol extracted concentrate cartridges.

The first thing that stood out to me is that Craft Elixirs only hand-picks berries from two berry farms within Washington. They are also constantly visiting farmers’ markets to ensure the freshest product from their facility to your kitchen table. Sourcing locally grown, fresh fruits for their flavoring makes the pure, natural flavors of their products even more tempting.

I tried their Fairhaven Black – Indica syrup in my Mountain Dew, just for grins. I used 4 capfuls (about 20mg according to their measurement suggestions) and, after about 15 minutes, the effect was a nice, relaxing feeling perfect for what I had planned for the day – a trip to downtown Vancouver for Cruising the Gut. The Fairhaven Black allowed me to feel at ease among the throngs of people, but still allowed me to maintain sociability.

Their dehydrated fruit is a breath of fresh air in a sweetly saturated edible market. Their fruits are gently dehydrated, not freeze dried, and generously dusted with additional flavor like cinnamon or cacao. The fruit is toothsome, not too chewy and not over dried, a pleasure to bite into and packed with natural flavor. Each bag is 10mg so you can enjoy an entire bag of goodies and maintain control of your experience with ease. Pack some in your backpack, or fanny pack if you’d rather, for your next hiking adventure.

It should also be noted that all of Craft Elixirs’ products are Vegan, non-GMO and gluten free. Bonus!

With pioneers like Craft Elixirs in our industry, there are bountiful options for your cannabis consumption. Here is a list we compiled on delightful uses for their Elixirs for your enjoyment and responsible consumption.

  • Pour over pancakes
  • Add flavor to a milkshake
  • Ice cream toppings
  • Smoothies
  • Sweeten your tea or coffee
  • Mix into your yogurt
  • Add a kick to your BBQ sauce
  • Infuse ice cubes
  • Cocktail (or “cannatail”) mixers

Creative foodies have endless possibilities!

Visit Craft Elixirs page for an array of recipes.

Here’s the recipe for the above pictured cocktail:

Infused Blueberry Gimlet

5-10mg of Ballard Beat (blueberry/orange) Syrup

Limeade, or freshly squeezed lime juice with a splash of soda water

Serve over ice with a twist of lime