The last time I made veggie pâté, I ended up with a very tasty final product, but a ridiculous mess in the kitchen; sauté pan, cutting board, blender, sauce pan, loaf pan. It was a lot of work for one little loaf, and it was also, for you yoga nerds out there, rather tamasic, being loaded with mushrooms, garlic, and onions. The idea behind this pâté was to make something a little lighter, brighter, more nutritious, with a good deal of protein, not too much fat, and not too much cooking. In essence, I wanted to make a sattvic pâté.
Feel free to make substitutions to suit your taste or your pantry. The one specialty item involved is agar agar, a brilliant vegan gelatin substitute that holds the loaf together. It's pretty easy to come by, especially in health food or asian markets. Quinoa would work well in place of the millet, but millet IS a great protein source, and is about a third of the price of quinoa. Just sayin. Quinoa, lentil, or mung sprouts would be nice substitutions as well. So many possibilities! You'll find this is especially quick to make if you have a cup of the cooked grain you're going to use on hand.