Category Archives: Vegetables
The last few #TastyThursday and #ScrumptiousSunday posts have been centered around unripened green tomatoes, and today I wanted to bring one last amazing recipe using what many people find useless. How about some garlic dill pickled green tomatoes? For some reason I find that some folks are intimidated by doing home pickling – when there’s really not much effort in it! Home pickling is not only more tasty, but it’s incredibly cheap as well. When it comes to picking anything – the only limits are the lack of imagination!
If you’re anything like me, your taste buds do backflips for pickled veggies! The most tedious aspect to any pickling process is waiting, but who says you have to wait? This recipe (which you can use most anything other than green tomatoes) will give you ready to eat pickled green tomatoes in under an hour…or a few hours if you want them chilled.
- 12-18 green tomatoes (about 3 lbs)
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons pickling salt
- 4 heads fresh dill or 4 teaspoons dill seeds
- 4 small cloves garlic
- 4 pint size canning jars
Prepare canning jars. Slice all the green tomatoes in half. Combine vinegar, water, and salt in a pot and bring to a boil.
Place 1 head fresh dill or 1 tsp dill seeds and 1 clove garlic into each jar; pack in green tomatoes. Pour boiling vinegar mixture over green tomatoes to within 1/2 inch of rim (head space). Process for 15 minutes.
Garlic may turn blue or green in the jar. Nothing to be alarmed about, it is only the effect of the acid on the natural pigments in the garlic.
Tip: For more garlic flavor, add an extra clove! For a little kick, add some chilli peppers. We added jalapeño and banana peppers.
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You say tomato, I say tomahto…we both say delicious! This past #TastyThursday I mentioned our abundance of ripe and green tomatoes in our last harvest from the garden, and I said I would post some more delicious recipes using green tomatoes such as Green Tomato Bread recipe. Today I give you Fried Green Tomatoes!
There’s a debate about where fried green tomatoes actually originated from. Some say the South and others say the Midwest. When my German/Russian family immigrated to the United States, the majority of them settled in the Midwestern states…Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. I grew up on many delicious dishes such as Fried Green Tomatoes, each recipe carrying with it a long story of where/who it originated from. Being that most American hadn’t even heard of the idea of battering such un-ripened fruit and frying it in a well seasoned cast iron skillet until the 1991 classic film, Fried Green Tomatoes, the Midwest theory really pans out. I also did some in-depth online reading, and I hate to burst the bubble of some, but Fried Green Tomatoes are by no means a Southern dish…the accurate debate is whether they’re originally Midwestern or Northeastern! But enough of about where they came from as we can all agree that they should be enjoyed by everyone!
For the Fried Green Tomatoes
- 6 – 8 firm green tomatoes
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups of seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 cups of almond or soy milk
- 2 Tablespoons cayenne pepper
- 1 Tablespoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup canola oil
Slice green tomatoes to medium thickness and sprinkle lightly with salt, let stand for 5 minutes.
Prepare your dredging bowls: In the first bowl, add almond or soy milk. In a second bowl combine and mix all-purpose flour, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and black pepper. In a third bowl, add bread crumbs.
- Dip each green tomato slice in the almond or soy milk.
- Coat it in all-purpose flour mixture.
- Dip once again in the almond or soy milk.
- Coat in seasoned bread crumbs.
- Gently stack on a plate and set aside.
Heat oil in skillet on medium-high. To test, drop a tiny piece of bread crumb in oil. It should immediately crackle when ready.
With tongs gently place each dredged green tomato slice in hot oil. Be sure not overcrowd. Fry 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy. When done, remove green tomatoes and gently place on a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
- 3/4 cup Vegenaise®
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
Whisk all ingredients together with a fork in a small bowl. Drizzle over fried green tomatoes. For some added flare, sprinkle with artificial bacon bits!
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The word is a wonderful place, partly due to delicious sweet potatoes! There’s a gazillion and one ways to prepare them, and mashing them up into thick, creamy goodness is never a bad thing. The key to good mashed sweet potatoes is remembering we’re not making a sugar loaded, Thanksgiving style sweet potato casserole or soufflé. With this dish, it’s all about simple…concentrating solely on the tastiness and natural sweetness of the sweet potato. This three-ingredient dish, known as piele in Hawaii, is fabulously simple. Coconut milk—an occasional indulgence because of the saturated fat—contributes rich flavor. Be sure to try this simple recipe for your next dinner, picnic, or potluck! Have a “sweet” Tasty Thursday!
- 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, (about 3 medium)
- 3/4 cup “lite” coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Microwave on high until tender all the way to the center, about 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, place in a baking dish and bake at 425 F until tender all the way to the center, about 1 hour.
When cool enough to handle, peel off and discard skin. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a medium microwaveable bowl and mash thoroughly with a potato masher. Add coconut milk, ginger and salt; stir well. Reheat in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, or in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Garnish with green onion or basil. Serve warm.
You can also cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven just before serving.
Sometimes deciding what to make for dinner after a long day at work can be as task in itself…not to forget the side dishes which will accompany that meal! Perhaps you have an invitation to a dinner party or a potluck and need a quick and simple dish to whip up at the last-minute.
Nothing says “yummy” like a fresh and unique salad, especially during the summertime! As wonderful as a salad made with fresh greens is, I sometimes like to use a fresh vegetable as a salad base. Not only does it offer a more crisp texture, but it’s more filling as well. My fiancé and I had an abundance of broccoli that we bought from the farmer’s market that we needed to use up. So he came up with this simple and delicious salad which we ate as a side dish with grilled veggie burgers.
- 12 ounces fresh broccoli crowns
- 3/4 cup Vegenaise®
- 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/8 cup red wine
- 2 Tablespoons organic coconut palm sugar
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- salt and pepper to taste
Break apart 8 ounces of the broccoli crowns. Finely chop 4 ounces of the broccoli crowns using a food processor.
In a bowl, whisk together Vegenaise®, red wine vinegar, red wine, and organic coconut palm sugar. Combine the finely chopped broccoli crowns to the dressing mixture. Fold mixture into the remaining broccoli with the slivered almonds and dried cranberries. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately or chill for more flavor.