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Emily’s simple Fried Green Tomatoes

Homegrown or from the farmers market, green tomatoes are tangy, sour, slightly sweet.  All the recipes I found for them required a lot of ingredients, and as the afternoon monsoon thunderstorm set in, I knew I wasn’t up to running to the store.  So I made do.  And they came out fantastic.  This recipe is scaled for 1, or maybe 2, people and meant to be served as an appetizer or snack.  I enjoyed it at tea time (around 4pm with a mug of authentic chai tea with local honey).

1 medium or large green tomato, use 2 if on the small side

1 egg

3 tbs milk (buttermilk is best, but since I didnt have it I used whole milk powder mixed with a little water)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup cornmeal, corn flour, etc.  I used masa flour.

Oil for frying (I like grapeseed or cocounut)

 

Mix egg and milk in a small bowl.  In another bowl, mix together the corn flour, salt, and pepper.  Add additional spices if you like (parsley, garlic powder, etc). Slice the tomato into thin slices, about 1/4″ thick.  Heat the oil in the pan on medium-high.  Dunk each tomato slice into the egg/milk, and then coat it with the corn flour.  You can do this a second time if you want a thicker crust on them.  Place each tomato slice in the pan, do not over-crowd or layer them.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, and cook another 2-3 minutes.  Both sides should be a deep golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.  Serve with lemon, hot sauce, or ranch.

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Flourless pancakes

Flourless pancakes have become a trendy food recently,  combining two ingredients .. just mashed banana and eggs.   My version has a few more,  but it has a fluffier texture and improved taste.  

2 eggs, whisked
1 bannana, mashed well (small lumps are ok)
1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice or blend of cinnamon and nutmeg
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
A couple drops of vanilla

Mix all ingredients together well.  Heat pan to medium high with a dab of butter or spritz of cooking spray.  Pour batter into pan.  Keep them smaller, about 3 to 4 inches across.  After 30 seconds to 1 minute, flip and cook another 30 seconds or so.  Be aware they are quite soft and can be hard to flip,  but they burn easily so don’t let them harden up for too long.

Makes 1 serving, about 4 small pancakes.

Add a dollop or yogurt, fresh berries, and some raw local honey on top.

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Pennies & Pancakes: Frozen Bean and Cheese Burritos ($0.11 each)

Pennies & Pancakes: Frozen Bean and Cheese Burritos ($0.11 each).

This is a FANTASTIC website which can really help you budget down.  Today I made these burritos.  I used a can of refried beans, and a can of black beans – mashed with a fork, mixed together.  I got them both free from my local food bank.  I also added 1/2 yellow onion diced, and 1 jalapeno diced.  I grated a 8oz block of colby cheddar cheese and used that in it as well.  I found that the pan-toasting didn’t work great for me, I toasted them lightly in the toaster oven instead.  These make perfect snacks or a light meal – pair with a salad if you are being healthy – and even tho frozen burritos are generally pretty cheap (about 75 cents or a buck each in my area), its still MUCH cheaper and oh so easy to make your own.  Really, it took me maybe a half hour total to make 20 of these. Add ground beef or soy crumbles if you prefer.  Add in more veggies, corn, chopped up spinach, whatever, to make them even more healthy and delicious.

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