3 healthy instant pot recipes infused with cannabis

Published Nov 8, 2019 01:00 p.m. ET
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The great thing about technology is how much it has advanced our ability in the kitchen, and with an Instant Pot, it can be easy to learn how to make edibles. All you’ll really need is some good instant pot recipes that you already love, and anything can become a cannabis-infused good with the addition of the right base.

Here, you will find three easy and healthy Instant Pot recipes that you can make with cannabis oil. In some cases, using cannabutter as an alternative may work, but it is important to remember that butter solidifies as it cools, so it may ultimately impact the texture of the dish. It is also essential to point out that the doses recommended here are for experienced consumers, so if you are brand new to edibles or have a low tolerance to THC or CBD, you may need to cut the amount of cannabis oil in half for a more enjoyable result.

1. Chicken noodle soup

The most delicious chicken noodle soup always begins with the natural goodness of the fats and oils that are in the bones. For this recipe, you can either make your own chicken broth, or utilize the convenience of a store-bought alternative, but homemade will always be tastier.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of chicken (shredded)
  • 5 ounces of noodles (any kind)
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 large carrots (chopped)
  • 1 cooking onion (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons of salt-free butter
  • 2 tablespoons of cannabis olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté, add butter and wait for it to melt.

  2. Once the butter is ready, toss the onion into the Instant Pot and cook the ingredients for 3 minutes or until soft.

  3. Add the spices, chicken broth, water and chicken to the Instant Pot, seal the lid, then turn the dial to the soup setting. Cook it at this temperature for 7 minutes.

  4. In 10 minutes, your Instant Pot should have had enough time to release the steam, which is the perfect time to pull out any remaining chunks of chicken that need to be shredded further and to taste the broth for flavor.

  5. Now toss in your choice of noodles and cannabis oil and cook them on the sauté setting for 6 minutes or until soft.

  6. Once the steam releases, turn off the Instant Pot and enjoy your delicious homemade edibles soup.

2. Steamed vegetables

Sometimes we need a boost to the system that is going to drag us down and induce slumber, and for days like that, a good plate filled with steamed veggies should hit the spot. Use the right strain in this cannabis-infused edible version, and you can achieve a heightened sense of motivation and a healthy meal all in one. Just remember that this recipe calls for prepared ingredients, so add a few minutes to your expected time for chopping the fresh veggies as frozen vegetables will not work in this edible’s recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of Brussel sprouts
  • ½ pound of cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 large carrots (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of cannabis oil
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Tools

  • Cooking pot

Instructions

  1. Get your steam basket ready and add one cup of water to the Instant Pot.

  2. Add all the vegetables to the basket and spice them with a pinch of salt and pepper.

  3. To steam vegetables, there’s no need to set a timer or fancy setting, just seal the lid, hit high heat, and start, they will soften during the time the Instant Pot requires to build up steam.

  4. While you await the release of the pressure, it’s time to prepare the sauce. Add all the remaining ingredients and spices and cannabis oil to a small pot and allow to cook for 1 minute over medium heat.

  5. Remove the veggies from the Instant Pot, strain them, and then add them to the pot of sauce.

  6. Stir the veggies until they are evenly coated and serve while piping hot.

3. Meat-free chili

If you’re looking for a heart-healthy, vegan-friendly edibles recipe, then this low-calorie veggie dish might be just what you need. This vegetarian chili is perfect for low key intimate dinners and large gatherings, just remember to make enough for everyone invited, because it’s sure to be a hit, as it suits many unique dietary needs.

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces of corn kernels
  • 15 ounces of black beans
  • 2 ½ cups of vegetable broth
  • 8 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 cooking onion (chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon of cannabis oil
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (ground)

Instructions

  1. Add the diced onion, pepper and garlic along with the broth and tomato sauce to the Instant Pot.

  2. Set the pot to manual and high pressure and cook the ingredients at that setting for 8 minutes.

  3. Release the stream and wait for it to cool down enough to handle, then open the lid.

  4. Strain the beans and add them and the remaining ingredients, including the cannabis oil to the Instant Pot.

  5. Mix the ingredients together until thoroughly combined and let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken before serving.

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