Frying up some Fried Green Tomatoes!

Green tomatoes coated with cornmeal and fried! A southern staple!


The theory that everything fried tastes good, holds true to the southern classic fried green tomatoes. This version has no buttermilk or flour but came out just as crunchy and tasty. Until I moved south from New York, I’ve never had this unique dish.

They say that to make fried green tomatoes, be sure to use tomatoes that fit the other definition of green: under-ripe instead. Also, the variety is not as important as the firmness of the tomato, but any good beefsteak will bring good results for sure. The tomatoes are hard, in texture and even acidic in taste when raw but when you dredge them in eggs and cornmeal they are just divine! Traditional recipes say to use buttermilk and flour to but this version does not.

Ingredients
2 green tomatoes
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 egg
1/8 cup canola oil or vegetable oil

How to Make it

Cover the bottom of a heavy skillet with 1/2 inch of oil, then place it over medium-high heat.
Slice the green tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt. Let tomato slices stand for 5 minutes.
Coat the tomato slices in the beaten egg, then dredge them in the yellow cornmeal .
Fry as many tomatoes in oil that in sit in the pan in one layer, cook for about 2 minutes a side depending on how thick they are.
Transfer them to paper towel to remove any excess oil. Then repeat until all the tomatoes are cooked.

chef tip! use canola or vegetable not olive for frying because of their high smoke point.

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Turkey Bean Chili Soup!

A chili and soup all in one! a great Skinnytaste one and done recipe is here for this #TastyThursday

This lighter version of the classic meat chili that’s much better for you. Just add ground turkey, onion , black bean, diced tomatoes and corn and water . then Spice it up however you like ! Plus it tastes even better as leftovers . I’ve also used lean ground beef and top it sometimes with shredded cheese and sour cream! Perfect on a cooler day.

Recipe inspired from : https://www.skinnytaste.com/turkey-chili-taco-soup/

chef tip! for a veggie version you can add some veggies to the mix such as bell peppers or zucchini instead of the meat,

Croatian Potato or Restani Krumpir as they call it


Sometimes when you cook for yourself or others and even party guest you want to make something extra special . It may just be a really good side dish like this one if you already have a good protein. My family is orginally from Croatia and my Mom who is a wonderful cook to, likes to teach me recipes from the homeland like this one..

Restani Krumpir (or rested potatoes) consists of fried potatoes with onions, paprika and sometimes diced bacon or pancetta is added in.

I already had the chicken that I bought which is already roasted and I just wanted a unique side dish. Croatian comfort food at it’s finest in my opinion. I love it and make it once in while just for myself. My mom prepares it for the holidays to. It pairs the best with roasted meats in my opinion. It’s like chunky mashed potatoes but 10 times better!

Ingredients*

Russet potatoes
yellow sweet onions
animal lard or oil you a can heat up very hot
salt and sweet paprika

**just add as many potatoes and onions as you need for the serving

How to Make it

wash the dirt and boil in cold water and cook until soft for about an hour. drain and let cook before you peel and slice so you don’t burn yourself.

In a skillet sauté chopped onion until soft . Carefully peal the potato and roughly mash it into large chunks. Add salt to the cooked onions and some lard is you have it and fry it until it starts to stick.

chef tip! you can also peal and boil the potato in large pieces if you prefer.

Meatless Bean Corn Tomato Chili

All the fall/winter season arrives warm chilis and soups are my favorite to make. Plus you can make them in batches and freeze portions for future use! A quick and easy meal to enjoy on the table fast.

Recently I created deliciousness on a cool Monday night for a meatless Monday people like to call it..

I had Trader Joe’s “beefless” beef in my freezer still . If you want you can remove it or replace with ground beef or turkey. Just makes you cook the meat and onions through before adding everything else. I found out since that soy crumbles are already cooked, so they can usually just be added into soups, stews, chilies and the like toward the end of cooking. Since everything else is in a can it comes together really fast. (Great benefit!)

Ingredients

2 cups of yellow onions ,
1 package of
Trader Joes soy crumbles’
1 can of Goya low sodium black beans
1 can of Goya corn
1 can of diced tomatoes
3 cups of cold water
Longhorn steak seasoning or y kind of chili or taco seasoning you like to taste

How to Make it

I added to a big pot first the chopped onions which I cooked in avocado oil. then added in the frozen crumbles and mixed it together.
Once that is combines and mostly cooked though add in the, water, beans, corn and tomatoes and let it simmer away until done.

chef tip! If you take out the crumbs or meat it all together just another can of drained kidney beans to make it heartier!

Chicken Caprese oh so captivating !

I saw this version of a Skillet Chicken Caprese dish from So Damn Delish food blog.

I love dishes like this because as a home cook make some adjustments to the recipe if you want to . It Came out great and really easy to do. I love that it all comes together in one skillet.

Building incredible flavor in a single skillet isa great trick I’ve learned to appreciate. The dish is done quickly and the clean up is easy to.

Some dishes are not only a colorful and gorgeous to look when done , but are also healthy and quick to make. This is a great quick meal whenever there’s not much time to spare if you have all the right ingredients at home.

Here is her recipe that I followed below.

Link to Recipe

A skinny skillet baked chicken parmesan? Yes!

Alright. So when chicken parmesan not incredible, right?

Tender chicken breast pounded thin, a tasty tomato sauce, light breading and with a giant slice of mozzarella and some parmesan cheese.

My remake is of a skillet baked chicken parmesan from Skinny Taste . Thanks to the Skinny Taste blog I found their awesome version. This version of a chicken parmesan is made also with all fresh ingredients and baked instead of fried so it is a great healthy and low-calorie dish with lots of flavor.

Baking the chicken instead of frying it in lots of oil and save on fat and calories without losing any flavor. My key ingredient was to use a homemade rich tomato sauce and good quality mozzarella cheese.

Below is a link to the recipe I followed below.

Link to Recipie