with Mushrooms, Parsley, Rosemary & Thyme

Janice Feuer-Haugen
September-October 2020 • Vol 3, No 112

During these past few months of staying-at-home-and-cooking days, most of us have had the opportunity to experiment with recipes and discover new favorites. With its complex flavor, chunky-smooth texture, and straightforward preparation, vegan Lentil Walnut Pâté is one of those recipes. Just as it has in our refrigerator, this pâté may soon replace the ubiquitous container of hummus in your refrigerator, too. Enjoy it enfolded in a lettuce leaf, or as a tasty, quick, and satisfying high-protein appetizer or snack. With the addition of a few sliced vegetables, that snack easily transforms into a light, nutrient-rich and healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Pâté (pah-TAY) can be creamy smooth, chunky, or molded. A pâté is usually a blend of seasoned, ground vegetables and poultry, seafood, or meat. Instead, Lentil Walnut Pâté is a richly flavored blend of lentils, toasted walnuts, cremini mushrooms, and fresh herbs. Its texture seems “meaty,” though it is vegan. The pâté can easily be made gluten-free with wheat-free tamari replacing the soy sauce. Thus, a pâté for most everyone!

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