We all have the same things in our kitchen. You know, the essentials to create an amazing dish: salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, hemp seeds…eh what?
Okay maybe not the last ingredient. You are probably thinking that I have lost my marbles. Why on earth would you ever want to cook with such a thing? Would you believe me if I told you that hemp seeds are THE most nutritionally balanced food source on earth? Yes, it is true. They are also probably THE most misunderstood food source on earth. Hemp seeds, just like flax and chia seeds fall into the superfood category. However, this seed packs a super flavor that makes it the perfect ingredient. Taste buds don’t lie. I am a “foodie” and not a “healthy”. If I don’t like the way it tastes, I am not going to eat it…period. So how do hemp seeds taste you wonder?
Raw hemp seeds melt in your mouth like butter. They are smooth and creamy with a subtle nutty flavor. Toasted hemp seeds are the perfect combination of crunchy and salty, like a chip.
Nut Free: Hemp seeds are the perfect substitute for a pine nut. My go to sauce these days is a delicious nut free pesto.
Protein: Hemp seeds pack a bigger protein punch than meat, poultry, fish, or tofu. In just three tablespoons there are 10 grams of plant based protein. Perfect for vegans!
Versatility: Hemp seeds have no known allergens, so anyone can eat them. When it comes to cooking with hemp seeds, you can be as creative or simple as you please. Whether you are an Iron Chef or a beginner testing the waters with a simple smoothie, the sky is the limit!
Flash Point. Hemp seeds have one of the highest flash points of any seed. This means you can expose it to some heat without losing all of the nutrients. A Sprinkle of hemp seeds on top of a salmon filet bakes an incredible nutty crust.
If you don’t believe me taste for yourself!