Tasty cannabis-infused, vegan-friendly turkey alternatives for Thanksgiving

Published Sep 23, 2019 12:00 p.m. ET
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The season of family interactions and hearty meals is here, and while most of us enjoy the occasional baked turkey leg, with lifestyle trends like veganism on the rise, it is important to consider everyone that might come to the table this year. This is the place where you will find some of the best tasting vegan recipes on the interweb that work as excellent alternatives to the more traditional turkey as a main course.

1. Vegetable pot pie

This hearty meal makes for the perfect turkey alternative as it’s thick and rich filling is nearly indistinguishable from more traditional meat-based versions.

Makes: 4-6 servings

Duration: 40 minutes

Crust ingredients

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of vegan-friendly butter
  • Coldwater

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups of vegetable broth
  • ½ cup of frozen peas
  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces of tofu
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cooking onion
  • 1 russet potato
  • 3 tablespoons of cannabis-infused olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sage
  • 1 teaspoons of thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tools

  • Mixing bowl
  • Stirring spoon
  • Pie pan
  • Rolling pin
  • Saucepan
  • Spatula
  • Sharp knife
  • Paper towels

Instructions

  1. Freeze the flour for the crust, inside of your mixing bowl while you cut up the vegetables in preparation for the dish.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F and slice the tofu into ¼ inch pieces.

  3. Use paper towels to soak up any moisture that remains in the tofu, getting them as dry as possible.

  4. Add one tablespoon of cannabis cooking oil to the saucepan and set the burner to medium heat.

  5. Once the oil has warmed drop in the tofu pieces and cook them until they are golden brown.

  6. Now remove the tofu portions and add the rest of the cannabis-infused olive oil to the pan.

  7. Heat the oil and then add the veggies, excluding potatoes, to the saucepan and cook them until they are soft and easy to pierce through with a fork.

  8. After approximately 8 minutes, add the potatoes to the pan and fry them until they are cooked and browned before adding the broth.

  9. Cook the mixture frequently stirring for 2 minutes, then pour the spices into the dish and stir until thoroughly blended.

  10. Combine the crust ingredients adding a small amount of cold water at a time until you’ve achieved the ideal shapeable crust batter.

  11. Line the pie pan with the crust and cut off any excess before adding the filling.

  12. Finally, a top protective shell can be created from the remaining crust batter pieces before the pot pie can be baked in the oven. It will take approximately 30 minutes to cook but keep a close eye on the edges and brush them with oil whenever necessary to avoid burning.

2. Mock shepherd’s pie

The best edibles are the ones that you can enjoy with those that you love, and as long as everyone being served this delicious meal is of legal age, there is little that can compare to both the mellow effects and mouth-watering flavor of this vegan recipe.

Makes: 6 servings

Duration: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of Yukon gold potatoes
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 ½ cups of uncooked brown lentils
  • 10 ounces of frozen mixed veggies
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion
  • 4 tablespoons of cannabutter
  • 2 teaspoons of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of cannabis-infused olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tools

  • Peeler
  • Pot
  • Mixing spoon
  • Potato masher
  • Mixing bowl
  • 9x13 baking pan
  • Saucepan
  • Spatula

Instructions

  1. Peel and quarter the potatoes and boil them in a pot for 30 minutes or until soft.

  2. Once they are cooked, remove the potatoes from the water and add them to a large bowl.

  3. Mash the potatoes until they are lump free and add the cannabutter, salt and pepper as you go until you’ve reached the desired consistency.

  4. Preheat the oven to 425° F, and while you wait, grease the baking pan with either oil or additional cannabutter.

  5. Add the cannabis oil to a saucepan and set the burner to medium heat.

  6. Sauté the garlic and onions for 5 minutes, then season them with salt and pepper.

  7. Now add the stock, brown lentils and thyme to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil.

  8. Once it reaches a rolling boil, reduce the temperature to a simmer and continue to cook the filling for 40 minutes.

  9. Pour the filling into the pre-greased baking dish, and top with a layer of the mashed potatoes.

  10. Allow the pie to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

How long does weed stay in your system?

The best weed strains alongside good food makes for the perfect combination for a holiday feast, but it is important to remember that cannabis is a mind-altering substance. Typically, smoking weed will produce effects that will only last a few hours but eating the same strain can lead to more intense and long-lasting sensations that can go on for up to 12 hours.

The best weed strains for Thanksgiving

  • Hawaiian Haze
  • Gutbuster
  • Sugar Shack
  • Peyote Cookies
  • Jamaican Lion
  • Conspiracy Kush
  • Cosmin Collision
  • Deadwood
  • Wreckage
  • Panama Red

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