Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Busy Monday …. I mean Tuesday, and Sunflower Seed Pate
I have been thinking today was Monday all day long. Obviously Dan went back to work today and I have gone back to my schedule, well sort of. Yesterday I discovered that there were quite a few exercise DVDs available instantly through Netflix. I have been enjoying finding ones to add to the instant queue. My goal is to try two new exercise DVDs each day until I get through them all. I love trying out new exercise DVDs. At the moment I am working my way through the Pilates DVDs.
In addition to playing on the computer I have also spent a lot of time on the phone today chatting with girlfriends. Sometimes there really is nothing better. We are going to meet my friend Deirdre for dinner again on Friday. She has such a wonderful sense of humor I can’t wait to see her.
Today Dan and I had leftovers for lunch, nothing new. We ate the end of the almond feta so I needed to make another nut cheese or seed pate. Today I decided to make a sunflower pate to mix things up. Today I wanted to make one that reminded me of seafood. Nut and seed pates are very easy to make and this one is no exception. Here is what I did:
approximately 24 tablespoons
I cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked at least 4 hours in plenty of water, then drained well
1 cup raw red bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
½ teaspoons sweet paprika
¼ teaspoon cumin seed
¼ - ½ teaspoon dry mustard, depending on how much “zip” you want
¼ teaspoon fennel seed
1 pinch celery seed
black pepper, to taste
dulse granules (or sea salt), to taste
Combine everything in your food processor and puree until completely smooth. You will need to stop the processor a few times to scrape the side of the bowl. Refrigerate and serve cold. Because this spread includes raw veggies it will not last as long in the refrigerator as nut cheese made without veggies. It normally lasts for us 4 or 5 days.
Amount Per Serving
Calories - 35.91
Calories From Fat (71%) - 25.38
Total Fat - 3.03g
Saturated Fat- 0.26g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 1.68mg
Potassium - 50.98mg
Total Carbohydrates - 1.5g
Fiber - 0.62g
Sugar - 0.32g
Protein - 1.27g
The flavor of this dish comes from the spices. If you don’t have all these herbs and spices use Old Bay to taste instead. This smooth pate with a nice hint of heat in the background (I used the ½ teaspoon of dry mustard). The mouth feel is much lighter and less fatty than the almond feta cheese. If you are new to nut and seed pates I recommend you start with the recipes that are denser, like the almond feta.
For those of you that are doing the 6 week "Eat to Live" program the 1 ounce of nuts or seeds seems to come out to be about 18 grams of fat. So you could have 6 tablespoons (or 1/3 cup) of this pate as you daily nut and seed allowance. Here is an interesting chart I saw today that you may find helpful. It shows you how many nuts are in one ounce.
Tonight for dinner we had a simple salad topped with salsa and sunflower seed pate. Nothing too exciting at our house for dinner, just a simple veggie salad. There was a fruit smoothie to go with that as well as fresh veggie and fruit juice and powdered green drink.
Courtney has introduced me to a new way to get raw cruciferous veggies into our diet. I want to play around with the specifics a little. But I will get that recipe ready to post this week. I think you will all be amazed, I know I was. Thanks for sharing Courtney! This is going to come in so handy this summer.
I don’t know how many of you saw this article at the NYT website but it annoyed me so I thought I would share. Some silly woman was eating 2-3 pounds of raw bok choy a day and ended causing low thyroid function due to an overdose of glucosinolates. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the doctor indicates that raw veggies should be eaten in moderation. Really? Silly me, I thought raw veggies were good for us. Who knew we should eat them in moderation. Do Americans really need another excuse not to eat their veggies? I don’t think they do. My take on this article is that we should all vary our diet and not eat an enormous quantity of anything. But that doesn’t mean that veggies are harmful. Sorry for the rant, this just irritated me. I am not a big fan of sensationalism.
I hope you are all having a good day. Only 3 days until the weekend. Don’t you just love these short weeks? I know I do. Talk to you all later.