Aug
10

vegan black eyed peas
When we decided to make Fried Green Tomatoes, we decided to make an entire
Southern Comfort Meal.
On menu: Fried Green Tomatoes, Black-Eyed Peas, Jalapeño Cornbread, and Sweet Tea
mmmm

vegan black eyed peas

{vegan} Black-Eyed Peas
 
Ingredients
  • 7 oz black-eyed peas
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion (or 2 small onions), finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed from stem (discard stem)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the black-eyed peas, cover, and reduce the heat.
  2. Sautee the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes then add the tomato and celery. Sautee for another 5-7 minutes.
  3. Pour the onions, garlic, celery, an tomatoes in to the black-eyed peas.
  4. Add the bay leaves, cumin, cinnamon, and fresh thyme to the mixture. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the black-eyed peas are fully cooked.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

vegan black eyed peas

Love

Crista


Aug
08

We have sooooooo many tomato plants this year, seven to be exact.
(Hey! That’s a lot of tomatoes!)
Despite a little scare with a hornworm on one of the plants, every single one of our tomato plants is healthy and producing. Our cherry tomato plant has at least 50-75 tomatoes on it, no joke! 

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

I found another hornworm yesterday, but I didn’t get my panties in a bunch this time. I pulled him right off and squished him before he had time to do much damage. Wanna know how I knew he was there? I saw a moth fluttering away from the tomato plant as I approached – dead giveaway. 

tomato hornworm

I am in LOVE with Fried Green Tomatoes,
(The Southern & Whiskey Kitchen hooked me with their Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches)
but never knew they were so easy to make.
I guess the trickiest part is finding the green tomato? Grocery stores & markets sell ripe, red tomatoes not greens.

fried green tomatoes
 Fried Green Tomatoes make for the perfect side-dish to any southern comfort-type meal OR you could use them in a sandwich. We made a meal out of these Fried Green Tomatoes, Black-Eyed Peas, Jalapeno Cornbread, and some Sweet Tea. Yum. 

fried green tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes
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Ingredients
  • 2 green tomatoes, cut in to ⅛-inch slices (we used an heirloom tomato)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup raw turbinado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons regular unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • vegan butter (Earth Balance) for frying
  • dijon mustard (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a shallow, wide dish, whisk together the almond milk & lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. In another shallow, wide dish, combine cornmeal, sugar, black pepper, and seasoned salt.
  3. Dip the tomatoes in to flour, then the milk mixture, and finally the cornmeal mixture; turning to coat each side.
  4. Melt vegan butter in a frying pan over medium heat. In a single layer, put the breaded tomato slices in the pan and fry until golden brown; turning to cook each side.

 Serve with dijon mustard or ​a chutney.
fried green tomatoes

Love

Crista