6 Christmas meal ideas with CBD for 2019

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Summer is out, and winter is here…Boo!

Along with the dreary weather, Christmas is fast approaching (woo), with all its usual bells and whistles but this year’s slightly different

Pop into your local artisan coffee shop, and you will might see a CBD shot feature in the menu as an optional add on in your espresso or cappuccino. So why can’t it be a part of your Christmas too?

Before we proceed, we’d like to add a small disclaimer: CBD is most effective when vaped or used as a sublingual oil due to differing bioavailability rates. Adding it to food as suggested in this post is some light-hearted fun, but it might help convince the sceptical that its associations with cannabis does not mean that CBD will get you high.

In the process maybe, just maybe you can even turn one of your distant relatives who you have nothing else in common with into a fellow hemp fan, all over some tasty CBD Christmas recipes…Fingers tightly crossed!

Are you ready for your CBD dinner to have everyone laying on the sofa all mellow?

CBD at Christmas

Should you add CBD to food during Christmas?

The holidays can often be a time for all the family to get together and enjoy a Christmas meal. But in all honesty, it can also be quite stressful. 

Never mind the challenge of having to figure out what Christmas presents you should get everyone, and struggling to find something they will use but don’t already have…Ahem full spectrum CBD oil Ahem!

Also, If you’re in charge of the days cooking, or the mess afterwards, it can be an uphill struggle with the hustle and bustle. 

So why would you even consider having a CBD dinner?

Well, if you can’t control the madness, why don’t you try tame it?  

Find peace in the hustle and take the tension down a notch. We all know that someone at the dinner table is going to be a pain to deal with, so why not brighten up the mood by cooking with CBD oil? 

CBD Cookies

CBD meal ideas to help you relax during Christmas

Thankfully CBD doesn’t need to be only used as drops under the tongue; it can be added to food and drink too! 

Our favourite CBD meal approaches include: 

  • Infusions with festive drinks
  • As an addition to condiments and sides served at Christmas dinner. 
  • Being inclusive with friends/relatives who don’t eat meat via a fully-fledged vegan CBD meal. 

CBD Oil, Concentrates or water soluble CBD when cooking?

If you live outside the EU (in the EU concentrates are only sold for vaping in line with the Novel Foods act), you can use CBD Isolate or another concentrate instead of oil. 

Interest around water soluble CBD is starting to pick up pace too, as standard CBD oil doesn’t mix well with water. CBD molecules which undergo a unique encapsulation process to improve bioavailability and solubility, which then become water soluble, making the CBD useful for anything water-based and for edibles.

For these recipes, we will be cooking with CBD oil, but you can use CBD concentrate such as Isolate, crumble, wax…whatever concentrate you desire! 

Note: the only exception are any which are considered raw, for example, CBD paste, but raw products are useless in cooking anyway as they have a strong earthy taste and need to be activated through heat.

In short – don’t use a CBD paste, and if you want to ensure a neutral taste stick with an MCT based CBD Oil derived from hemp distillate, for example, our 470mg (5%) CBD Oil.  

Concentrates which are ‘decarbed’, such as CBD crumble have no taste when they are not infused with terpenes, and you can pretty much add them to anything. 

You can use crumble like a tasteless but calming seasoning and add it at the end of a dish! If you do decide to use CBD concentrates, make sure you have a set of scales handy and your not just eyeballing it as you only need a tiny bit! CBD Isolate recipes are also quite popular in the states too, the same principle as crumble applies as CBD Isolate is tasteless too.

Remember, if you are cooking with CBD Isolate or another high potency concentrate, the equivalent amount of CBD in concentrate is the same weight in milligrams (e.g. 120mg of CBD oil will be equal to near enough 120mg of CBD Isolate due to its 99%+ potency). 

Let’s run through our CBD Christmas recipe ideas in more detail to help you plan!

CBD Infused Eggnog

CBD Eggnog
Image via tastykitchen.com

Who doesn’t love some festive cheer through eggnog and a good old sing-along? Why not make CBD eggnog your go-to tipple for Christmas! 

Traditional eggnog is a mix of beaten eggs, cream, and whisky or rum for a boozy kick. It’s served chilled, and often sprinkled with cinnamon.

The recipe below will serve eight, taking around 10 mins to prep and another 2-3 hours to chill. 

  • 960ml milk (any will do)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and more for sprinkles!
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 12 large yolk eggs
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 480ml double cream
  • 160ml rum or whisky (skip for an alcohol-free version)
  • 0.75ml (3/4 pipette) of our 1500mg full spectrum CBD Oil (roughly 14mg CBD per serving 
  • Whipped cream and cinnamon to serve

Instructions:

  1. On a low heat combine the cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and milk in a saucepan. Slowly heat the mixture to a simmering boil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks until they are light in colour. 
  3. Slowly add the hot milk to the mixing bowl in small increments, to temper the eggs, and whisk until thoroughly combined. 
  4. Add the mixture back to the saucepan. Cook on medium heat until the mixture becomes a consistency where it coats the back of a spoon evenly. 
  5. Turn off the heat, stir in the booze (skip for an alcohol-free option) and the double cream.
  6. Add to a container and refigerate until chilled.
  7. Add the CBD oil to the container just before serving and mix well. If using a CBD concentrate, weigh it out and sprinkle into the mixture like fairy dust while mixing and pour into glasses! Garnish with cinnamon sprinkles and whipped cream.

Calming CBD Gravy

calming cbd gravy
Image via bbcgoodfood.com

Gravy with your Christmas meal? Yes please! Add some CBD, and you’ve got some chilled vibes spread all over your plate.

The recipe below will serve 8:

  • Turkey drippings from a whole roast
  • 250ml dry white wine
  • 900ml turkey stock
  • 125ml water
  • 2 tbsp cornflour 
  • 2ml (2 pipettes) of our 470mg CBD Oil (around 12mg CBD per serving)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions: 

  1. After your turkey is cooked, remove it from the roasting tin and place the tin on the hob on a medium to high heat.
  2. Add the wine and use a wooden spatula to loosen any hardened bits of fat off the tin and give it a minute under the heat.
  3. Use a sieve to drain the liquid from the roasting tin into a saucepan, add the stock and bring the juices to a boil. 
  4. Whisk the cornflour with the water in a bowl and slowly whisk it into the saucepan with the hot liquid, bring the gravy to a boil and reduce the heat to let it simmer. 
  5. Season to your taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Add two pipette of CBD oil into the pan and stir well.
  7. Serve hot on the side with your main dish!

CBD infused Yorkshire pudding

CBD Yorkshire pudding
Image via Delia Online

Yorkshire puds are a firm favourite across the board, regardless if you’re a fussy eater or not you likely enjoy them.

As there is usually never enough, creating a CBD Infused Yorkshire pudding means everyone will get some peace and quiet later, as they will be eaten up before you know it!

The recipe below will make eight giant puds.

Ingredients:

  • 140g plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2ml (2 pipettes) of our 470mg CBD Oil (around 12mg CBD per serving)
  • Salt and pepper (to season)

Method:

  1. Heat the over to 210c 
  2. Evenly coat the sunflower oil into two large (8 holes each) Yorkshire pudding trays 
  3. Put the flour into a large mixing bowl and whisk in the eggs until smooth.
  4. Slowly add the milk and keep whisking the mixture until it is all the same texture and lump-free.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Add the CBD oil and lightly whisk the oil into the mixture.
  6. Pour the batter into the two trays evenly.
  7. Cook for 20-25 mins until the puds have risen and are golden brown
  8. Grab one before someone else does!

Vegan friendly CBD Tofu stir-fry

We have outlined some additions to pre-existing Christmas favourites above, but our CBD vegan meal recipe below serves three and is a real treat, regardless of if you eat meat or not! P.S you can add rice to make it more wholesome and filling if you wish.

What you will need:

Stir Fry:

  • 400g extra firm tofu (yes that’s a specific type if your wondering)
  • 200g chopped green beans
  • 130g diced carrots
  • 140g chopped asparagus 
  • 30ml toasted sesame seed oil 

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave
  • 1 tbsp corn starch 
  • 0.5ml (1/2 pipette) 1500mg Nature & Bloom full spectrum CBD Oil (25mg CBD per serving)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
  2. Open your pack of tofu and place it into another flat surface container wrapped in a clean towel or kitchen cloth. Place a plate over the kitchen towel and add some weight via a book or metal skillet etc.
  3. Let the tofu dry for around 15mins; you might need to switch towels in between if they are too wet. Once dried out, cut it into 1cm squares. 
  4. Place the tofu onto a baking paper covered tray greased with an oil of your choice and bake for 20-25 mins (longer if you want a harder texture), flipping in between. 
  5. Mix the ingredients for the sauce.
  6. In a large skillet fry the dry ingredients excluding tofu on a medium to high heat, using the toasted sesame seed oil to keep the pan moist. Stir fry for 5-6 mins and add the tofu along with the sauce, and coat the mixture.
  7. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring to avoid anything sticking and remove from the heat. Add the CBD oil and mix thoroughly into the dish.
  8. Voila! Split into portions and serve your vegan CBD masterpiece. 

Christmas pudding with CBD Sauce

CBD Christmas pudding

Save some space for this calming winter warmer! Traditional Christmas pudding to serve 10, with 15mg CBD per serving to have you on the sofa feeling mellow before you know it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raisins 
  • 1 cup sultanas
  •  1 cup self-raising flour 
  • 115g grated butter
  • Breadcrumbs from 4 slices of bread 
  • 1 cup light muscovado sugar 
  • 1 cup mixed nuts, chopped plus extra to decorate 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 large egg
  • Small knob of butter for greasing

Butter and CBD Sauce:

  • 100ml double cream
  • 100g butter
  • 100g light muscovado sugar 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp brandy/cognac (optional)
  • 2ml (2 pipettes) 1500mg Nature & Bloom full spectrum CBD Oil (15mg CBD per serving)

        Instructions:

  1. Use a large pan to simmer enough water to cover a large pudding bowl halfway to the top.
  2. Add the fruit, nuts, self-raising flour, butter, breadcrumbs, CBD oil and sugar into a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Mix thoroughly and place into a buttered pudding bowl (about 1.5 litres)
  4. Cover the pudding bowl with two layers of well-greased foil, with space for the pudding to swell. Use a piece of string to tie the foil in place and place into the large pan of simmering water you prepped earlier. 
  5. Close the lid on the pan and steam for 2.5 hours, checking halfway to top up the water if necessary.
  6. When the time is up, remove from the pan and place into a deep dish.
  7. Place all the ingredients for the sauce into a pan and use low heat to bring to the boil, let it simmer for 2-3 mins allowing the sugar to become a caramel colour. Remove from the heat, add over the pudding and enjoy!

Christmas trifle with whipped CBD cream

Christmas trifle with whipped cbd cream

Not everyone is a fan of Christmas pudding (we don’t blame you). Instead, we have put together a twist on a quintessential British recipe to serve 8 – Christmas trifle boosted with CBD whipped cream! 

Lap it up and feel all mellow ready to get comfy on the sofa for Christmas TV!

Ingredients:

  • 160g sponge cake (trifle sponges), halved and pre-cut into thick slices 
  • 135g gelatin (jello)
  • 300g frozen strawberries (or raspberries)
  • 500ml thick custard (tinned will do)
  • 3 tbsp sweet sherry (fruit juice for a non-alcoholic version)
  • 500ml whipped cream
  • 2 pipettes 1500mg Nature & Bloom full spectrum CBD Oil (18mg CBD per serving)

Instructions:

  1. Add the pieces of sponge cake into a trifle bowl, coat with the sherry (or fruit juice) and let it soak for 5 minutes.
  2. Lay fruit evenly over the sponge.
  3. Place the gelatin into a microwaveable jug and cover with 100ml of cold water. Microwave for 1 min (750 watts), stir well and add 470ml of cold water into the pitcher.
  4. Pour the jug into the trifle bowl, covering the fruit and refrigerate until set.
  5. Once set, add a layer of custard.
  6. Add a thick layer of whipped cream, and slowly add CBD Oil to cover the cream.
  7. Decorate with chopped fruit and enjoy!

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