Recipe reprinted with permission from Big Green Cookbook by Jackie Newgent, RD (Wiley, 2009); pg 246-247; Season: Winter




Makes 10 servings: 1/3 cup each

This savory pâté has an array of flavor nuances that’s sure to please the gourmand palate.


1 large white onion, chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cups sliced wild mushrooms of choice or cremini mushrooms*
1 cup unsalted almond butter
1/4 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
Leaves from 2 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)
3/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste


  1. Stir together the onions and oil in a large microwave-safe dish until onions are well coated. “Micro-roast” (cook in the microwave oven**) on high until the onions are soft, about 4 minutes, stirring once.
  2. Rinse and drain the mushrooms and stir into the onions. “Micro-roast” on high until the mushrooms are soft, about 2 minutes, stirring once.
  3. Transfer the cooked onion and mushrooms to the bowl of a food processor along with any accumulated juices. Add the almond butter, parsley, and thyme (if using). Cover and pulse briefly until nearly smooth or desired texture. Add salt, cumin, and pepper.
  4. Spoon the pâté into 10 small dishes or ramekins. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Garnish with additional parsley, if desired. Serve with thin slices of toast, pita crisps, or celery or cucumber slices, or use it as a sandwich condiment.

Per serving:

200 calories, 18g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 8g total carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 5g protein, 1IU/128IU* vitamin D

*You can increase the vitamin D level of this dish by purchasing mushrooms which have been exposed to ultraviolet light. All other nutritional values remain unchanged.

**Microwave oven cooking times will vary.

Little Green Cooking Tip

Mushrooms are earthy. They provide “meatiness,” as well as flavor and texture. Use them in place of meats on occasion, like Wild Winter Mushroom Pâté or serve mushrooms like you would a steak.


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