Archive for November, 2011

Our Easy Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Our fried green tomatoes recipe grew out of a happy accident.  Last year was our first try at  growing tomatoes from seed. Unfortunately, we were late starting the seeds and also getting the plants in the ground.  The result at the end of the growing season…the threat of frost and a couple of pounds of unripe tomatoes.

This fried green tomatoes recipe is easy to prepare. It’s the kind where you don’t need to fuss too much with the measurements. This is always impressive when cooking for overnight guests.  So here we go…

Instructions:

Cut 1 cup of  tomatoes into 1/4″ slices or in half if you are using baby or cherry varieties

Cut a small onion in half, then cut into 1/2 cm slices

Heat and oil a frying pan or skillet

Add the onions first to give them a head start. Add the the tomatoes once the onions begin to look translucent.
Season with salt and black pepper. You can also ad
d your favourite herbs or spices.  This year, fresh basil from the garden was our go to herb.

fried green tomatoes recipe

The tomatoes can get a little dry depending on the amount of fat/oil you are using. If I’m feeling healthy I add a tablespoon of water, if not a little extra oil or even butter will work.

They can be served with eggs or tofu scramble or if you’re eating light, just some toast.

Our fried green tomatoes recipe is so simple it’s almost excessive to classify it as one.  It was a great way to use up our abundance of tomatoes.

I’ll post our traditional fried green tomatoes recipe soon.  Samantha.
 

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Morphing into a Vegetarian Diet: What’s Right for You?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Each individual has their own reasons for converting to a vegetarian diet. Many base their decision on ethical concerns for the environment and/or animal welfare. Others base their choice on religious, political or cultural beliefs. Economics is often a deciding factor for some since vegetables, legumes and grains are less expensive than a diet that includes meat and pre-packaged highly processed foods. Others may become vegetarians due to health concerns such as allergies and food intolerances.

Plant based diets are varied. They come in many different forms. Here are some of the basic categories that one may find themselves in.

Vegetarians: Follow a plant based diet with the exclusion of meat, poultry and fish. Some vegetarians exclude eggs and dairy while others still indulge in the odd cheese omelette. Recipe to follow.

Flexitarians: Eat a largely plant based diet but will include fish, red meat or poultry on occasion. This diet is becoming more and more popular. People are increasingly aware of the cost to our planet of eating a heavily meat based diet. Not to mention the health concerns around eating antibiotic laden meat.

Pescetarians: Adhere to a diet composed of plant foods, with the inclusion of fish.  (Sometimes called pesco-vegetarians.)

Pollotarians: Include poultry in a largely vegetarian diet. (Sometimes called pollo-vegetarians.)

Lacto-vegetarians: Incorporate dairy into their plant based diets.

Ovo-vegetarians: Incorporate eggs into their plant based diets.

Lacto-ovo-vegetarians: You guessed it!!

Vegans: Consume only unprocessed foods from a plant base. Honey and other foods from animals are excluded. As too are clothing and other items that originate from animals such as leather and wool. (Voted Most Popular by non-humans worldwide.)

No matter what form your plant based diet may take, be it wholly or partially plant based, vegan or flexitarian, I think it is safe to say it gives one pause for thought. Consciously choosing what we eat requires us to live with more awareness. Instead of numb mindless consumption many of us are choosing what we put on our plates based on a desire to strive for balance, health and the ethics with which we choose to live.

What is the right path for you? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!!

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