May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to honor and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of AAPI communities. And what better way to do so than through the universal language of food? In this article, we explore cannabis-infused meal prep ideas that are not only delicious but also pay homage to the diverse cuisines of the AAPI community. From infused oils to stir-fries and snacks, these recipes can be easily prepared and stored for future meals, making your culinary journey both convenient and enjoyable.
When it comes to meal prepping, using fresh ingredients is key. Take a trip to your local farmers market or Asian grocery store to stock up on vibrant produce and high-quality meats. If you’re unable to find a specific ingredient, online platforms like Weee (Link: https://www.sayweee.com/en/account/referral/landing?lang=en&referral_id=7211156&t=1&utm_source=copyLink) can be a great alternative. For example, I recently sourced a piece of succulent Iberico pork fatback from Weee (Link: https://www.sayweee.com/en/product/Acorn-Seekers-Iberico-Pork-Fatback–Frozen-/51280), which I used to render lard for cannabis infusion. Half of the fatback was utilized for the infusion, while the remaining portion was vacuum-sealed and stored in the freezer for future use.
Lard, with its rich and savory flavor profile, holds immense importance in Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine. It serves as a versatile ingredient, capable of enhancing the taste and texture of various dishes, such as rice and noodle dishes, stir-fries, and even pastries. Once we have infused the lard with cannabis, we will utilize it to create delectable dishes like bak kut teh (pork rib soup), a simple fried rice, and crispy pork spring rolls.