Keeping Balanced: Homemade Veggie Pâté

I know my blog has been a little on the indulgent side lately. I’ve been frantically eating my way through Toronto before I leave in 10 days. My hometown is a lot of wonderful things, but rich in culinary diversity it is not.

Will all of this said, fret not, I have not totally gone off the deep end. I am “Balance Susan” after all. Not to mention, I’ve got a pretty effed up arm injury in need of nutrient rich foods to help it heal.

While not eating giant pancakes and shortbread cookies, there have been many, many fried egg sandwiches.


I’m a strong believer in eating only what the body craves. Lately, when I think about food, one of the first things my mind goes to are toasted carbs with a fatty fried egg along with cheese or bacon. Rounded out with crunchy raw veggies for simple sugars and water.

When not off slurping up frozen yogurt or chowing down on thick BLTs, there’s been a lot of lean protein in the form of cottage cheese or tuna.


Seen here is a meal of cottage cheese, tuna, chopped apple, raisins, a pinch of curry powder, and a dash of maple syrup. Did the body good.

Now mind you, I also crave a tray of freshly baked brownies every day. But I like to think I can distinguish between that craving, and the plain, simple food combinations that suddenly cause my mouth to water when I think about them.

When I saw this sunflower seed pâté sandwich at Bridgehead Cafe in Ottawa last week, I knew it was mine. With cashew butter, sprouts, carrots, all on a grainy bread, it sounded perfect for my hungered body.


And I’ve been thinking about it ever since!

Veggie pâté is one of those things I lovelovelove but never make. My mom makes her own version and is my favourite kind ever. Her version contains a lot of ingredients and can be difficult to make. Being limited to one hand, I had to find a pâté that was easy to make.


I ended up with this recipe because it contained few ingredients and lots of sunflower seeds like the Bridgehead sandwich I’ve been dreaming of. I used baby carrots so I wouldn’t have to chop a regular one with one hand. Along with one raw potato, half a large onion, one stalk celery, and two cloves garlic.


I also liked this recipe because of the nutritional yeast! I knew it would give the pâté a cheesy flavour. I added half a cup of the stuff, with half cup whole wheat flour, and a full cup salted sunflower seeds.


I strayed from the spices a bit and ended up adding what sounded good based on what I had on hand:

  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

All thrown in the food processor!


Along with 1 1/2 cups water and 2 tbsp lemon juice. I omitted the half cup oil from the recipe, it didn’t seem necessary.


Those who can’t chop, blend!!


I processed until there were just a few chunks left. But I knew it was a little too watery for my tastes when I poured it into a greased loaf pan.


Baked at 350F for 90 minutes. A half hour longer than instructed, but definitely needed! I let it cool in the pan and found the centre collapsed once I returned!!


Even though this is one of the “fancier” recipes I’ve attempted since my accident, I still gobbled it up in the simplest way possible – on pita bread. It’s exactly how I was craving it.


Despite my watery woes, it turned out very spreadable like a normal pâté. I will however note that I like my veggie pâté more loaf like. It’s how mom makes it!


Taste wise, it totally hit the spot. I love the potatoes and savoury factor the seeds and nutritional yeast add. The addition of oil may have amped the taste up even more, but I’ll save the greasy food for my adventures around Toronto’s restaurants. I gotta balance it all out somehow ;)

Posted on March 15, 2011, in Recipes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. what an incredible idea. i’ve never made a pate & i’m impressed, it looks delicious!

  2. Girl, you’re seriously making me crave a fried egg sandwich!

    And I feel the same way you do about eating what your body tells you to eat. I always feel much happier and healthier when I eat what I’m truly craving. Our bodies know what they want.

  3. this looks great, and I think I’d like it better your spreadable way!! :)

    this has SO many flavor possibilities!

    • I know!! Now that I know it’s so easy (seriously, I made it with one hand) I’m thinking of all the different ingredient combos for a pate!

  4. I don’t know if I have ever had pate, but this looks darn good!

    I realized why I love your blog so much. It because you eat pancakes and egg sandwiches and cook with butter, and then the next day you whip up a veggie pate. Balance is what they call it methinks (duh, it’s in your blog title!). It’s the way I strive to live my life. Eating what I want, whether it is a salad or 1/2 jar of peanut butter. Doing what is right for me, whether it is going to bed early or pushing myself a bit harder at pt. You and I are on the same wavelength sister.

    And I adore that you start your day with chocolate as well – though I could never have mine before coffee!

  5. great job on the pate…WOW!

    I make raw pates by just soaking/blending nuts, i.e. cashews or almonds, with whatever seasoning blend i have on hand, a handful of veggies and a quick pulse/blend, and 20 secs later, pate is ready. I have never actually then baked the pate…you go girl!

    it looks stellar!

  6. Sounds like you’re doing well balancing it all out! :)

    I LOVE veggie pates but have never ventured to try one… I think I need to, this one looks so good!


  7. i love anything in a loaf pan.

  8. I’ve never had pate. Looks tasty. Fried egg sandwiches on the other hand are all I want to eat lately. I make mine with white cheddar and jam! So delicious!

    I must try your cottage cheese combo. I love tuna and cottage cheese.

  9. I’ve never had veggie pate but now I think I have to attempt my own! That sandwich does look pretty incredible. :)

  10. Oh that looks gooood! And isn’t it normal to crave brownies every day? ;)

  11. All these ingredients remind me of a sunflower veggie burger so I know it’s good stuff! I love how simple it is being blended too.

  12. Wow Susan! Seriously, so much interesting food in this post! I am totally filing both the veggie pate and the sunflower sandwich in my “lunchbox” file. And I’m kinda fascinated by that cottage cheese concoction! Love ya xoxo

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