Walnut Lentil Pâté

Another month, another recipe for Yoga By Candace! Truthfully, as much as I get joy from creating recipes for this blog, I always jump at the chance to share my passion for developing cool recipes with other websites and publications. I’m so grateful Candace decided to take a chance on lil’ ol’ me a year ago and allow me to share my hard work with a different audience.

This recipe for Walnut Lentil Pâté is rather fantastic. I was in my hometown a few weeks ago and had breakfast at Plantin’ Seeds. They host events throughout the year, provide education on how to procure and use locally-sourced plant-based foods year round, and serve amazing pay – as – you – wish donation – based meals on Thursdays through Saturdays. One Saturday, they served a salad with Walnut Lentil Pâté, and, despite my initial apprehension of trying this odd brown schmear on my plate, I ended up falling head over heels for it. I knew I had to try my hand at creating my replication, and I think I did a pretty good job!

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This recipe does take some time. Between caramelizing onions, simmering lentils, and roasting walnuts, it’s not as simple as throwing a few ingredients into a food processor and giving them a a few pulses. The elbow grease you put into it will be worth it.

Be sure to head over to Yoga By Candace for the full recipe!

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Russian Apple Pie

Russian Apple Pie

It’s wonderful having friends with rich heritages. Years ago, when a friend / former co-worker of mine started dating a wonderful Kazakh gal, I suddenly started noting how the food she brought in for lunch was influenced. She used to be a raw salad and kombucha person, like clockwork, but soon, plastic containers of borscht started to make regular appearances. Even years later, it is quite common to see Russian Apple Pie appear at their house parties. Granted, it’s more akin to a cake than a traditional pie, but the name remains as is!

Recently, when Irina celebrated her Big 3-2, Melissa was in the kitchen whipping up that luscious dessert. The directions? So simple! She had the ingredients written down in a notebook with one note, verbatim: “Bake 350 20 min.”

I figured I could give it a try, eh?

Russian Apple Pie

This past weekend, I went up to Connecticut for a family event, celebrating Christmas a few weeks late and the pending of arrivals of two cousins’ babies. I offered to make an extra dessert, this easy dish in mind.

Russian Apple Pie

Perhaps, unfortunately for me, barely anyone touched it because I was unaware that a giant fondant elephant-topped chocolate mousse cake to celebrate my cousin Simone’s son would also be present. But hey, more leftovers for me to nosh on!

Russian Apple Pie

Russian Apple Pie
(Serves 8)

Ingredients:

– 1 cup flour
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 3 eggs
– 1/2 cup water
– 2 Granny Smith Apples, unpeeled
– 1 cup walnuts, whole or chopped

Before We Get Started…

– Apples must be Granny Smith or another tart variety. Do not use sweeter apples in this dish.

– Walnuts can be whole or chopped, depending on the texture you prefer. I’ve made the pie with both and they’ve been wonderful!

– Though this could be baked in a variety of pans, I make this in a pie plate or a round cake pan.

– That original note stated “Bake 350 20 min”, but I found I had to bake it longer. Bake for at least 30 minutes, but check the pie at the 20 minute mark, as different ovens bake slightly differently.

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350°F.

2.) Core and slice apples into eight even sections. Place slices at bottom of a lightly greased pie plate or round cake pan; the slices should cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer, so if you start to pile slices on top of each other, remove those extra slices. Sprinkle apples with walnuts.

3.) In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon; whisk until combined. Add eggs and water to dry mixture and whisk again until combined.

4.) Pour batter on top of apples and walnuts; the batter should coat / cover everything, but if a few apple slices or walnuts break out of the top of the batter slightly, that is fine!

5.) Bake for 30 – 35 minutes; remove from oven and allow to cool on cooling rack for 15 minutes before serving.

 

This is a photo of the Russian Apple Pie from my friend’s birthday party. She used a smaller pie plate than I did to make this recipe, hence the smoother top. Still delicious, regardless!

 

Breakfast Sweet Potato with Yogurt & Walnuts

Breakfast Sweet Potato with Yogurt & Walnuts

Sick day, schmick day, double beat day. I hate sick days. I’m channeling my inner Randy Parker from “A Christmas Story” as I’m sitting on my living room couch, stuffy, sniffling, and overheated.

Well, at least a sick day is a good day to edit and watch mind-numbing TV shows.

On sick days, I certainly don’t feel like cooking, but I usually always do. I can only lounge on my couch for so long before I get antsy. I’ve seen these breakfast-centric sweet potatoes making their rounds on my Instagram feeds for sometime now. Looking extremely versatile, I decided to give one a shot.

Breakfast Sweet Potato with Yogurt & Walnuts

I was going to go a nut butter and blueberry route originally, but something about yogurt and nuts called out to me instead. It was a decision I don’t regret. It’s filling and delicious, not to mention easy on the throat if you’ve got a sore one like I do!

Breakfast Sweet Potato with Yogurt & Walnuts

I can’t wait to make this for breakfast again on a day when I’m not so down and out, but it was absolutely a comfort to me in my current sickly state.

Breakfast Sweet Potato with Yogurt & Walnuts

Breakfast Sweet Potato with Yogurt & Walnuts
(Serves 1)

Ingredients:

– 1 sweet potato or yam, scrubbed and dried
– 1/4 cup yogurt of choice (I use Siggi’s Vanilla Skyr)
– 4 walnuts, chopped
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 375°F.

2.) Pierce sweet potato a few times over its surface with a fork. Place on cooking sheet and place in oven for 45 – 50 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly, roughly 10 minutes.

3.) While potato is cooling, add chopped walnuts to a small frying pan and turn heat to medium-low. Sprinkle with cinnamon and shake in pan to coat. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes or until nuts become toasty; do not allow them to get too browned!

4.) Split sweet potato in half and fill / top with yogurt and walnuts. Eat immediately!