Enjoy this fresh and delicious cannabis leaf salad as a hearty plant-based, easy-to-prep meal. Made with fresh cannabis greens, roasted beets, savory goat cheese, and walnuts, this salad nourishes the endocannabinoid system and provides the body with important fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Inspired By My Upcoming Clean Eating Meal Prep Cookbook
I am so excited to share this sneak peek recipe with you from my upcoming Clean Eating Meal Prep Cookbook that will be out in January 2021!
This is the fourth cookbook I’ve written, but the first one that I feel like is a true reflection of how I actually eat in real life. It is so great to show how CBD and clean eating are the perfect combinations for health and wellness.
This Clean Eating Meal Prep Cookbook details the exact way I’ve combined meal prepping and a clean eating lifestyle to get my munchies, my health, and my weight under control.
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Meal Prepping to Manage Munchies
Meal prepping can help you stay committed to clean eating by ensuring you are always prepared with healthful meals on hand.
While it may seem like a time investment at first, remember that you will soon come to love the convenience of meal prepping and will quickly learn how to pair the process with the slow-down-and-savor philosophy of clean eating.
From one busy mom to another, trust me, I get it.
Life is crazy busy, and it can be tempting to make less than nourishing food choices when we’re constantly on the go.
But ultimately, I know that you want more for your life than feeling tired and burnt out all of the time, and this method will help you get there.
Beyond just recipes, I hope that my Clean Eating Meal Prep Cookbook becomes a valuable tool for you to make eating clean simpler, and easier to do amidst the everyday demands of life.
How to Make a Cannabis Leaf Salad
As cannabis becomes legalized throughout the country, more and more people have access to raw cannabis.
Raw cannabis can be found in the form of living plants that produce fan leaves, sugar leaves, raw flower buds, fresh leaf trim, seeds, stems, stalks, and more.
If you have access to raw cannabis leaves and don’t want to waste them like me, this is a great recipe to try them in.
In addition to many nutritional benefits typically associated with dark-green leafy vegetables, the cannabis plant also contains unique phytocannabinoids that contribute to our health maintenance and restoration by nourishing the endocannabinoid system.
Cannabis leaves do not produce cannabinoids quite as the mature female flower buds do, they do contain important nutrients, antioxidants, and cannabinoid acids like THCA and CBDA, meaning they are not useless.
Additionally, they also contain beneficial compounds known as terpenes.
Preparing The Cannabis Leaves
Small, immature fan leaves and small sugar leaves make the best salad greens.
Large, older fan leaves are oftentimes too tough to be enjoyed in a salad and are better off used to be juiced to blended in a smoothie.
Harvest, wash, and dry the cannabis leaves just as you would with kale or spinach leaves.
Give a rough chop of the leaves, removing all long stems as necessary, and enjoy.
The Health Benefits of Walnuts
Walnuts are one of my favorite nuts. They are soft and crunchy, delicious, and versatile, and the perfect complement to other whole foods for nutritious, tasty, clean eating meals.
Not only are walnuts delicious and versatile, but they are a great way to add important nutrients to your diet.
If you are not currently including heart-healthy nuts in your daily diet, walnuts are a great choice to start with. You can easily incorporate walnuts into meals that you already enjoy, like this beet and walnut salad.
An ounce of walnuts has 2.5 grams of the essential plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and 4 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber to keep you feeling full.
They are also high in important minerals like copper and manganese.
Pair With Cannabis Lemon Vinaigrette
This salad is delicious with many different types of vinaigrette, but this Zesty Cannabis Lemon Vinaigrette is my favorite!
It is just the perfect combination of bright, zesty flavor with mild notes of cannabis that pair perfectly with this salad.
Alongside my cannabis lemon vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette also makes a delicious topping for this salad.
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 4 tablespoons Lemon Vinaigrette
- 3 ounces fresh spring mix
- 1 ounce fresh raw cannabis leaves
- 8 ounces cooked beets, diced
- ½ cup diced apple
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons goat cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Add the chopped walnuts to a foil-lined baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside.
- Make or buy Zesty Lemon Vinaigrette. Portion 2 tablespoons of dressing per serving and pack in two 1.5oz stainless steel salad dressing containers.
- In two large, 1-compartment glass meal prep containers, evenly divide the fresh spring mix.
- Evenly top each container of spring mix with the cooked beets, diced apple, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and goat cheese.
- Store the undressed salad in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Pair each salad with 2 tablespoons of Zesty Lemon Vinaigrette.
- Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, secure the lid, and shake well just before eating.
Pre-cooked beets can typically be found in the produce department of your local grocery store. If your store doesn’t carry pre-cooked beets, opt for no-salt-added canned whole beets.
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