walnut pate

This is an easy nut pate, made with just a few ingredients.  I wrote extensively about the benefit of eating more nuts (especially walnuts) in a former blog. This dish is ideal for “Meatless Mondays” or when you have vegan/vegetarian guests or if you are wanting to cut back on animal protein.  You will be astounded at how “meaty” this tastes (as you will see host Jerry Penacoli’s reaction in the video clip below!) and impress family and guests.  Garnished with dried cranberries or pomegranate arils, defrosted green peas or bits of olive make this a very attractive platter for holidays, brunch or tea time.  This also keeps well in a covered container for up to 5 days, so bring extra to work with you to have a hearty lunch.

Used as a sandwich spread, kids will not recognize it as nut-based.  You can also stuff into romaine leaves, scooped-out tomatoes or bell peppers.  If anyone in your family has a nut sensitivity or allergy, substitute with sunflower seeds.  In fact, those work so wonderfully, I recommend you try that variation, as well.  Sunflower seeds only need to be soaked 6-8 hours – you can leave them soaking while at work and whip up this spread in a matter of moments when you come home.

Nutritional yeast is usually found in the bulk bins at health foods stores (much more economical this way as a little goes a long way) or you can get a shaker bottle by Bragg’s.  Learn more about this in my “5 Favorite Ingredients” blog.

Watch Dr. LJ make this simple, satisfying meat alternative on Daytime TV

Green and Red Walnut Boats featuring Walnut Pate

Serves 3-4

  • 1 cup walnuts, soaked overnight
  • 1 TB. olive or grapeseed oil
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 or 2 TB. of nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup water
  • Fresh chives or Italian parsley chopped very fine
  • Garlic granules or powder
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce or tamari or Celtic sea salt*
  • 8 Belgian Endive leaves (today we used BELL PEPPERS AND TOMATOES)

*You can add 1 ½ tsp of dulse flakes to turn this into a “Not-Salmon Paté” – gives it a marine flavor.

Directions: Process all of the above ingredients, but hold back on soy sauceor salt until tasting. Scoop the paté into lettuce,endive, cabbage or romaine leaves OR use hollowed out tomatoes or red bell peppers and garnish with ingredients below. Feel free to add whatever fresh or dried spices you like.  The reason I use garlic granules or powdered garlic rather than fresh is that the raw garlic kind of takes over the whole spread.  If you are sensitive to garlic, it will still taste great even without.

Garnish: Fresh or defrosted green peas, pomegranate kernels

Alternate Garnish: Green olives and dried cranberries

walnut boats
A medley of Petit Plats from Dr. LJ’s Raw Fusion Living recipe book.

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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