Sometimes when we are trying to be healthy we struggle to find sandwich fillers or jacket potato toppings. I have found this healthy mushroom pate is perfect for both as well as great for a dip with crudites.

It uses quark but I promise you will love it and won’t realise quark is in it at all!

Budget shopping tips

I try to ensure all of the recipes I make are accessible for everyone. By this, I mean that they do not use obscure hard-to-find ingredients.

I also believe that recipes should use as few ingredients as possible and avoid expensive ingredients. We would all much rather spend money on holidays than expensive ingredients wouldn’t we?

Buying herbs and spices in bulk is something I really recommend. It can save a lot of money in the long term but also mean you never run out!

I find putting them on Amazon subscribe and save helps save too!

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Money box

Shopping around to see which shops have offers on your usual products can make a big difference to your weekly shopping bill.

Additionally don’t forget to check out the yellow sticker reductions and freeze what you can. If mushrooms are on offer in the Aldi Super 6 for example why not make a batch of Slimming World mushroom pate?

Frozen vegetables are nutritionally just as good as fresh usually so do keep an eye out for those too to save money.

Do you have any particular frozen vegetables you love? Do share them with me it is always nice to hear people’s recommendations.

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What is Quark?

It is a soft cheese made with skimmed milk. It’s rather like Philadelphia in its consistency and, due to the fat-free aspect of it, there is little flavour. Because of this, quark on its own is not often enjoyed.

Quark is, due to its limited flavour, very versatile and useful in some great recipes. I frequently use it in both sweet and savoury recipes and share a variety of my favourite quark recipes.

Making mushroom pate with reduced products

If you spot lots of reduced mushrooms then this is the perfect recipe to make. Why not consider growing your own mushrooms for this recipe?

Reduced thyme that has been frozen also works really well. Another way to save money is by using onion instead of shallot, it alters the taste a little but will still be nice.

Health benefits of mushrooms

Did you know there are lots of health benefits of mushrooms? Whether you enjoy them in this pate, a mushroom soup or Chicken and mushroom curry, or mushroom stroganoff why not try to add more into your diet?

Mushroom risotto
Mushroom risotto

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density.

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Storing your healthy mushroom pate

This recipe can be made in a batch and frozen. It is best to allow it to defrost itself in the fridge for 12-24 hrs before using and stir before serving.

Freezing in an ice cube tray is a perfect way to be able to defrost small amounts at a time.

The completed mushroom pate needs to be chilled and eaten within 3 days of making or frozen. To store in the fridge a small mason jar works well.

Mushroom pate
Mushroom pate

More healthy recipes you might enjoy

If this has made you realise you should use quark more and are looking for more recipes with it check out my ultimate quark recipe list.

If you have lots of mushrooms to use up check out these ideas.

This is the perfect recipe to take for a Slimming World group taster session or a healthy buffet with vegetable sticks and maybe some other dips. Check out lots more ideas here.

If you like a good curry then check out all my curry recipes and some spice blends you can make yourself!

Fancy 4 weeks of healthy lunches already planned out for you? Check this lunch plan out.

Vanilla cheesecake
Vanilla cheesecake
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Mushroom pate

Healthy mushroom pate recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Party
  • Diet: Low Calorie


An easy recipe for mushroom pate that is perfect on any other healthy eating diet.



2 shallots, chopped finely

1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

150g quark

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

250g mushrooms


Blitz the mushrooms in a food processor or cut as small as you can.

Fry shallots and garlic for 4-5 minutes then add the mushrooms and thyme.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Blend together the quark and mushroom mix until smooth.

Keywords: Slimming World, pate, sandwich filler,

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  1. A supermarket substitute meant I had a HUGE load of mushrooms, so I stumbled upon this recipe looking for a way to use it up. Fate for sure – loved this!