Broccoli Soup With Hemp ‘bacon’ Bits

Is it pork? No. Is it more nutritious? Absolutely.

Broccoli Soup with Hemp "Bacon" bits
Brian Klutch

Also called hemp hearts, these overachieving seeds are a top source of omega-3 fatty acids, complete plant protein, and vital minerals like phosphorus and magnesium.

Here’s how to use them in place of pork.

Nutrition facts (per serving):

Calories: 246, protein: 13g, carbs: 19g, fat: 14g

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Prep time

10 min.

Cook time

35 min.

  • 2/3 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 6 cups chopped broccoli
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Make hemp "bacon" bits: Combine 1/3 cup hemp seeds, liquid smoke, and soy sauce. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake at 400° for 15 minutes, stirring once, until slightly crispy.

Heat oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add onion and salt, and cook until softened. Add garlic and coriander; cook 1 minute. Add broccoli, broth, and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Cover; simmer 15 minutes.

Remove from heat, and stir in almond milk, spinach, lemon juice, and remaining 1/3 cup hemp seeds.

Place mixture in a blender, and process until smooth. Top with hemp bits.