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Hemp Tofu

As a vegan, it’s easy to eat A LOT of soy. Actually, these days, it’s easy to eat a lot of soy even if you’re an omnivore. It’s in so many things.
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A popular source of protein for vegans and vegetarians is, of course, tofu. And while I love tofu and all varieties of it, I am trying to be very conscious of the amount of soy I take in. I know the topic of the health and environmental impacts of soy is controversial and people stand on opposite sides of the issue (and a lot depends on the form of soy in question). But I don’t like to overdo anything and I say, “better safe than sorry.” Plus, I love a culinary challenge and welcome as many ways to take in my protein as possible.
I have become kind of obsessed with hemp seeds lately. They contain all essential amino acids and fatty acids and are therefore a complete source of protein. In addition, hemp is not a common allergen, like soy or nuts. And, most importantly, they are delicious. They have a nutty, creamy taste. I put spoonful’s on my coconut yogurt in the morning. I make fresh hemp milk. So, I figured, why not make some hemp tofu? Hey, the Italians already do it commercially!
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I got inspiration for this recipe from a few sources, mainly from a forum member on Post Punk Kitchen, named “vegimator” who makes tofu out of pumpkin and hemp seeds and from a Finnish blog named Mammi who calls the finished product “hefu.” I took their advice, combined it with my knowledge of tofu-making and started experimenting.
This recipe yields a more crumbly tofu than soy tofu. Soy tofu is usually made after straining liquid from the pulp (or okara). I tried this technique with hemp and not enough solids were left in the strained out liquid to coagulate. Using the milk as is, straight from the blender, did work (and a Vitamix helps create a very smooth milk). Hemp tofu is great seared, for a scramble, or a stir-fry, if you don’t mind having rustic, non-cube chunks. Or do what I did: simply drizzle with some sweet soy sauce (equal parts soy sauce and sugar, simmered until thickened) and sprinkle with nori strips. The sweet soy sauce and nori goes great with the creaminess and earthiness of the hemp!
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: a few blocks, depending on size of tofu mould
 
Ingredients
2 cups shelled hemp seeds
4 cups water
1 1/2 Teaspoons powdered nigari, which will be dissolved in 1 additional cup of water (Note: I have seen recipes for hemp tofu where a coagulant is not even used, so feel free to skip this part. Although, you may get a more crumbly result.)
 
Instructions
 
Blend hemp seeds with water for one minute at high speed (I used a Vitamix) to make hemp milk.
Put hemp milk in a pot and, partially cover it and bring to a boil. You’ll start to seeing curds forming.
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When it reaches a low boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and boil the milk for four minutes, stirring constantly to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
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Meanwhile, dissolve the nigari in a cup of warm water.
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Remove the pot from the stove, wait until the temperature reaches 155F. Add half the nigari solution and stir briskly for a few seconds. Wait until the liquid stops moving. Then add the rest of the nigari solution and gently stir a few times. Let sit 15 minutes.
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curd-ball-newPlace a cheesecloth over a colander and strain the curds out.
Take an amount of curd that will fit in your press (this recipe makes a good bit of curd), place in another piece of cheesecloth and twist to get ALL of the liquid out. If it’s too hot to squeeze, you can try squeezing with tongs.
Place the ball of curd, still in the cloth, into a tofu press/mould and press the curd down. Stack a few bottles or cans on top as a weight. [I bought a cheap wooden press for four dollars at Daiso in Japantown, but I think I’m going to invest in a TofuXpress so that I don’t have to worry about stacking cans on the press.]
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Let the press stay for 30 minutes.
 
 
 
 
 
Then unmould the hemp tofu and enjoy!
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Reblogged from : http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2012/01/31/hemp-tofu/

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The need-a-spoon-consistency Green Smoothie

This one has garnered a bit of attention of late – it was the lucky winner of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s photo of the week last week and I was a very happy camper when I found out about that!  Given its popularity I thought I’d post the recipe and share the love. I appreciate this may not be everyone’s cup of tea – it is (clearly) very green and thick and it is full of salady ingredients combined with sweet ingredients that may prove an acquired taste for some. In any case it makes for a great breakfast or lunch if you’re flagging, running late, can’t be bothered to chop or all of the above. So here goes:
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I made this in a standard blender.
 
Appx. 130g hemp milk (or other choice of milk)
1 scoop of pure hemp protein powder
2 big handfuls of english or baby spinach
A few sprigs of parsley
1/4 avocado
1 dessert spoon chia seeds (softened)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon hemp seed oil
1 heaped teaspoon maca powder (optional)
1 heaped tablespoon natural yoghurt
½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon dried turmeric
Raw honey to taste
 
Throw all ingredients in the blender and blend until really smooth. Pour (or scoop!) into a glass or cup and sprinkle with whatever your heart desires. Mine is sprinkled with shelled hemp & pumpkin seeds and goji berries.
Now go grab a spoon and enjoy!

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Chocolate Walnut Brownie Smoothie

Dieting? Craving Sugar and Chocolate?
Here is a healthier alternative to help fight the cravings, while still getting in all the good stuff!
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1/2 an avocado
1 cup hemp milk (or greek yoghurt)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (soak before)
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons barley malt syrup or raw honey
1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup of walnuts, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon shelled hemp seed
Handful of ice cubes
Directions

  • Place a few walnuts and the cacao nibs aside
  • Blend all other ingredients together until smooth
  • Sprinkle the cacao nibs & the rest of the walnuts on top of the smoothie
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(Almost) Raw Muesli


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Recipe makes 4 heaped cups
5 cups puffed quinoa (hence the ‘almost’ raw)
1 heaped cup raw mixed nuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/3 cup dried organic figs, roughly chopped (or organic dried fruit of choice, dates would be ACE)
2 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds
1 heaped teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine in a bowl and store in an air tight container.

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Hulled Hemp Seed .. little known facts

hempnut_thRaw hemp seeds provides great energy, permits weight control without hunger, reduces cravings for inappropriate foods and promotes extensive health benefits, Realize that it’s just that easy to BECOME your own health authority, the benefits instantly eliminates any need to be a “food fanatic”, it’s a no brainer for what’s in store for you by simply adding these powerful little seeds to your daily regime. Consume the essential nutrients each morning when your body needs “fuel”; Reduce your daily consumption of non-essential sugars, saturated fats and carbohydrates.
Blend Hemp Seeds into your morning protein shakes for an extra boost of energy, protein, essential fats and antioxidants!
A must have in any gym bag!
Add it to your favorite yogurt, or soups to give your meal a boost of Omega & Aminos!
Take your hemp seeds with you when you eat out in restaurants. Simply sprinkle generous amounts of hemp seeds over your meal to quickly enhance the nutritional value of the meal … even in the restaurant.
Take a small zip lock or spice jar filled with hemp seeds, next time you have a craving or hunger pang at your desk… grab it kinda of snack, really good for brain function, stabilizing blood sugar, and energy.
If you are making yourself a wrap or pita, lettuce wrap… don’t forget to add your hemp seeds before you close it up.
Make Hemp milk, super easy check out our recipe section… then make your favorite milkshake using your hemp milk, ice cream or yogurt, a cup of your favorite fresh (or frozen berries) 2 oz. of hemp seeds and blend. Add ice if desired before blending.
Mix it in with your vegan patties for extra protein & fats to make it more complete as a non-meat delicious hemp burger patties.
Add the hemp seeds to your favorite soups, chilli or stir fry!
No matter how you use them, hemp seeds are a quick and convenient way to add flavor and instant nutritional value to most anything ..  so go ahead… time to make Hulled Hemp Seeds part of your daily regime!!

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Hemp Seed Fudge Bites – Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free

Yields 15-22 bites depending on how big/thick you make them

  • 1 cup Hemptons Hulled Hemp Seeds
  • 4 Tablespoon Cacao powder
  • 16 pitted dates (maybe more until you get the right consistency)*
  • 1 Tablespoon Agave Syrup (or Honey)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Coconut flakes / more cacao powder to roll the bites in

Preparation : 1 Hour before – soak dates in warm water – just cover them with water
Start by putting the Hulled Hemp Seed and the Cacao Powder in a blender or food processor to combine. Then add the dates in one by one until you get a “batter” that will stick together when you form it into balls. It will look a little crumbly, but that’s okay.
Add in the Agave, Vanilla and Salt and pulse until combined. Scoop out the mixture and roll in to little balls and put on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Next, using 2 plates, put unsweetened coconut flakes in one and in the other, Cacao Powder. Roll half the balls in the coconut and half in the Cacao Powder and set back on the baking sheet.
Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer for about 30 minutes for the balls to firm up. Then store in the fridge .. and try not to eat all of them within a day!
These are dense, chocolaty little treats that have the texture of fudge cake and all the nutrition of hemp seeds – rolled into one!

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Powerhouse Smoothie

  • 1 cup packed fresh or frozen mixed greens of choice (spinach, kale, dandelion greens, mustard greens)
  • ½ Frozen banana
  • 1 Scoop Hemptons Protein Powder (approx. 32g)
  • 1 Teaspoon Maca Root Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Hemptons Hulled Hemp Seed
  • 1 Teaspoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon raw honey (to sweeten, optional)
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum (optional – these will create a creamier, thicker consistency)
  • Cinnamon and Cloves, to taste

Instructions
Add all ingredients to a blender except. Blend on high until smooth. Add a little water if you prefer a thinner consistency.
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Nutrition (for entire recipe): 267 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated), 70mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 31g carbs, 4g fiber, 14g sugar, 28g protein