This delicious sandwich features a high-protein pâté made from white beans and toasted walnuts, crunchy slices of green apple and whole-grain bread. The pâté is similar to hummus – both are flavored with lemon juice and garlic – and, like hummus, it can also stand on its own as a dip, served with crudités or crackers. Ripe Anjou pears also work well in this sandwich in place of the apples.
Makes 8 sandwiches
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– INGREDIENTS –
– 1 cup (100 g/3.5 oz) walnut halves
– One 15.5-ounce (439 g) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
– 2 Tbsp (30 g/1 oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 2 tsp (9 g/0.32 oz) olive oil
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
– 16 slices whole-grain bread
– 4 large jarred roasted red bell peppers, rinsed, drained, and halved
– 2 large organic Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced vertically
– 2 cups packed (40 g/1.4 oz) baby spinach, rinsed and spun dry
– METHOD –
Make the pâté:
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 7 to 10 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until lightly browned and fragrant. Cool for 10 minutes.
Transfer the toasted walnuts to the bowl of a food processor. Add the beans, lemon juice, garlic (to your taste), oil, and 1/4 cup water. Purée until smooth, about 45 seconds. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Assemble the sandwiches:
Spread each of 8 bread slices with about 3 Tablespoons of the Walnut Pâté. Top each with a red bell pepper half, 2 apple slices, and 1/4 cup baby spinach. Spread the remaining 8 bread slices with 1 Tbsp Walnut Pâté.Place on top of sandwiches and serve.
– THE SAVVY DIVA –
This recipe is really nutritious. Walnuts are very rich in calcium which are good to keep the bones is good shape and prevent Osteoporosis. They also contain vitamin B and lecithin which are great to feed the brain. White beans are loaded with antioxidants and are also a good source of fiber, protein and rank low on the glycemic index.
This recipe is from The Vegan Divas cookbook where you can find other delicious recipes and healthy tips.