I’ve been reading the GOOP newsletters since their inception, well before Gwyneth rocked the interwebs with her conscious uncoupling. I’m always so excited to read them as they serve as a peek into a life that I just will never experience, which is just fine with me. I have a pretty amazing life full of work, travel, friendship and amazing food, but let’s face it, it’s just not on the GOOP level. Jet-set getaways to Singapore, living room makeovers by the hottest designers complete with $10,000 couches and a toned body that most twenty year olds would be jealous of – not in my future.
I consider myself a foodie, but Gwyneth’s GOOP recipes are always full of ingredients that I’ve never heard of. Even finding them in San Francisco is sometimes difficult! When I saw a recipe for a healthy lentil walnut pâté in a GOOP newsletter, it was finally something that I could make with ingredients I had around the house, with a few modifications. Served warm, this lentil pâté is healthy and filling. It’s good in the fridge for a few days and can be enjoyed with crackers or with fresh vegetables as a dip. Plus, I’m imagining if I eat it enough I’ll start to look as lean and toned as Gwyneth…right? I served it for my recent birthday party and it was a healthy option, especially compared to things like chai cake and deviled eggs! Thanks so much for reading A Side of Sweet! For more Sweet in your life, you can find me on Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, Facebook, or Twitter, or subscribe to receive a weekly email with new posts (see sidebar).Print
Healthy Lentil Walnut Pâté
Adapted from GOOP
- 2 T. olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 3/4 c. walnuts
- 1 c. red lentils, cooked according to package directions
- 2 T. tamari or soy sauce
- 2 T. lemon juice
- 2 T. olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. paprika
- Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and bay leaf, reduce heat to low and cook until soft and caramelized, about 15 minutes.
- Remove bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- While the onions are caramelizing, toast the walnuts. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 400F for about 5-8 minutes, shaking the sheet once halfway for even cooking. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Place the lentils, walnuts, onions, tamari/soy sauce, lemon juice and 2 T. olive oil in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with crackers, toasted bread and/or fresh vegetables.
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