This is not your grandma’s pate recipe. Served wrapped up in large collard green leaves, you can add any extras you want, from carrots to shaved broccoli, or as I did, with peppers and zucchini. Sundried and canned tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that is not found in raw tomatoes. “Sun-dried tomatoes provide the most lycopene, gram per gram, than any other food with 45902μg per 100g serving, 24787μg per cup, and 918μg per piece. Cooked tomatoes provide 7298μg per cup, while raw tomatoes provide 4631μg per cup, 3165μg per tomato.” (http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-lycopene-foods.php#p6q1qHBtT4RjCFrM.99) Not that you need a reason to eat sun dried tomatoes they are just that good. I can literally eat a whole jar. When buying, make sure they are not made with additives like sulfate and if possible, buy organic. They should be in extra virgin olive oil for this recipe. Pine nuts are natural mood boosters, and contain vitamin D, a hard to get nutrient through food. All together, this meal is packed with protein, vitamins, antioxidants and cholesterol lowering properties.
All ingredients in this recipe are organic. Makes 1 serving.
Sun Dried Tomato Pate:
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, with a bit of the oil, not too much, about a tsp
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 cup hummus
pulse in a food processor until blended but still chunky, about 2 minutes
- 2 Large, whole collard green leaves
- 1/2 red pepper cut into thin strips
- 1/2 zucchini cut into 1 inch strips
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and blanch the collard greens, 2 minutes. Drain it and pat the leaves dry, or shake them out. Spread the pate on the leaves, then layer the vegetables on top and wrap it up just like you would a burrito. Collard Greens are great to make wraps out of because they really hold up their shape after blanching and they have a nice mellow flavor.
- Tomatoes: Reduce your risk of heart disease by 50% (hollyleehealth.wordpress.com)
- Stuffed Collard Greens with Pecorino (lattesandleggings.com)
- Tomatoes: A Food Powerhouse (fsu.uloop.com)
- Veggie Paté (simplycalledfood.wordpress.com)