Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Raw Veggie Pate

I am certainly no raw foodist, but I am willing to give just about anything a try. My sister brought this veggie pate to a party a few months ago, and I loved it.  A combination of nuts, vegetables and healthy fats in the form of olive oil and tahini, with a little sweetness from raisins to balance it all out.  This is incredibly filling, and a great raw, vegan option.  So often we are feeding people with special dietary requirements, it's good to have a few options in your repertoire. 

I made half the recipe, partly because I didn't need several cups, and partly because I was sneaking cashews out of the fridge for a few weeks before making this.  I feel like I have only recently discovered how amazingly delicious cashews are.  Too bad they are also amazingly expensive to be chowed down by the handful. 

Raw Veggie Pate
slightly modified from Ani Phyo

Makes 4 cups
1 cup almonds
2 cups cashews
1 Tablespoon grated ginger (you might want to go a little shy on this if you aren't in love with the flavor of raw ginger - it is very gingery!)
1 clove garlic
3 carrots, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon sesame tahini

In a food processor, process almonds and cashews into a course powder.  Set aside.
Next process ginger, garlic, carrots, onion, raisins, salt, oil, lemon juice and tahini into small pieces.
Add nuts back in and process until desired consistency is reached
To make filling, process almonds and cashews  into a powder, and set aside.
Next, process ginger, garlic, carrots, onion, raisins, and salt into small pieces. Add oil, lemon juice, powdered almonds and cashews, and process to mix well.

I ate this in lettuce wraps with soy sauce for dipping.  My sister served it as an hors d'oeuvres with tortilla chips.  I've also eaten several spoonfuls straight from the bowl.  Now that Colin is eating solid food, I should probably make an effort to be a role model for healthy eating habits.  Standing up in the kitchen eating straight out the serving bowl is not a healthy eating habit. 


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