With the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) approaching next week, here is a fabulous vegetarian chopped liver to serve as an appetizer with whole wheat matzo crackers and sliced apples drizzled with honey.  It is customary to eat sweet foods, which represent hope for a sweet and promising year ahead. I know it’s strange to put the word vegetarian in the same sentence as liver, but there is no other way to describe this dish! 

Ingredients (choose organic):

1 pound fresh green beans (or use frozen, thaw and drain water)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
3 hard boiled eggs
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Steam green beans until barely tender and set aside. In a medium sauté pan, heat oil and cook onions and celery until onions are slightly caramelized. Using a food processor, Vitamixer or equivalent, grind the beans, onion mixture, walnuts and eggs until smooth (or coarse), depending upon how you like the texture. Season with salt and pepper. Chill overnight.

Serves 6.

Nutrition Facts per serving (154 grams): 146 calories, 10 grams fat, 93 milligrams cholesterol, 316 mg potassium, 9.4 grams carbs, 3.8 grams dietary fiber, 6.3 grams protein, high in selenium and vitamins A and C.