unfried green tomatoes

November 2, 2011

I know I exaggerate a lot, but I swear I have over 50 green tomatoes sitting on my counter.

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Apparently when my tomato plants started to ripen, they forgot that it was supposed to happen in September, not in late October. I have been waiting since May to pull red juicy delicious Roma tomatoes from my plants. I literally had visions of myself pulling a red beauty from the vine, taking a bite out of the tomato with my feet bare in the summer grass, having to bend over to prevent the tomato juices from getting on my clothes. I kid you not, this is what I think about in my spare time — which of course, could open a whole other can of worms about the ridiculous things I think about, but we’ll save that for another time.

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But no, those tomatoes just wouldn’t cut me a break. All I got from my tomato plants this year were unripe green tomatoes. Which, of course, is never a bad thing if you are a southern belle. And if you’re not a southern belle (::ahem:: me), you can at least pretend like you’re talking to Paula in the kitchen while you bake green tomatoes instead of fry them. I’m sure Paula just had a panic attack talking about me not frying something. 
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Which brings me to another point — have you ever even seen the movie Fried Green Tomatoes? I haven’t. But I want to watch it on Netflix tonight with a plate of green tomatoes in one hand and the lemon dill dipping sauce in the other. And then my mom is going to get mad at me for not inviting her over for unfried green tomatoes and movie watching.

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The really awesome thing about this recipe is that it’s super easy. All you have to do is slice, dip, coat, and bake. And then you can feel free to burn your tongue on the 3 tomatoes you ate the second they came out of the oven. We can walk together saying fun things like “sally sells sea shells by the sea shore” with our new lisps from burning off all our taste buds.

Can I just also add I’ve never eaten a green tomato in my life? And I may or may not have never understood what the big hype about green tomatoes were? I definitely understand now. Green tomatoes are the new dark chocolate.

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Okay, I laughed just typing that. Green tomatoes are not the new dark chocolate, but they’re good in a “we have our own category” category if one were to exist.

Have a good night y’all.

That felt so southern.

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Lindsey November 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Funny, my husband just asked the other day if I could make fried green tomatoes, as he had never had them! I haven’t either but told him we would find a healthier recipe for them and now you post this, perfect timing ;)


Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

oh my goodness, I’m immediately sending this to my “twin” (sorority thing) Amy Lee! And yes, she’s southern. She would love this! She has a healthy fried okra recipe!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Ok I’ve never fried tomatoes and I’ve never really been that into the looks of them when seeing them in restaurants but now I want to try your version. They look awesome..and they’re baked. Beautiful! You bake the tomatoes, I’ll bake the donuts, and we can trade…deal?


cleaneatingchelsey November 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I’m down.


Mindy L November 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I love it :) I’m definitely southern and grew up eating any “southern food” you can imagine!


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Not fried??? Whaaa??? I’m sure they’re quite tasty. In fact, the only friend green tomatoes I’ve had were a little too greasy for my taste.


Mama Pea November 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

You have to watch Fried Green Tomatoes! It’s one of my favorite movies and books ever!


cleaneatingchelsey November 3, 2011 at 5:49 am

Well now I have to!


kathleen @ the daily crumb November 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm

i’ve never seen fried green tomatoes either. nor have i eaten a green tomato. looking forward to trying this recipe, though. beautiful pictures!


chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files November 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm

i love fried green tomatoes! what a clever idea! and a dill lemon sauce to go with? YUM


Lauren November 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I’ve never had fried green tomatoes but I’ve always wanted to try them. Love the movie!


Jenny November 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I used to love that movie!! saddest start and end but really capturing throughout the entire thing.


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm

How cool!!! I seriously want to try this :D


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I’ve seen the movie and have always wanted to make my own ever since. I’ve had them a few times in restaurants and they’re always so greasy, I love how you baked these. Gorgeous pics :)


Sarah November 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Im insanely jealous of your green tomatoes, i love green tomatoes!


Khushboo November 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I’ve never even seen green tomatoes!


cleaneatingchelsey November 3, 2011 at 5:48 am

I don’t think they really sell the green unripe ones in stores – straight from the garden!!


Lindsay November 3, 2011 at 4:38 am

Love this recipe! I am a huge fan of green tomatoes and if I had any right now I’d make these (you can send some of yours my way if you want)


Jess @ Jess Go Bananas November 3, 2011 at 5:51 am

I’ve never seen the movie either!
These sound delicious!


Jen@FoodFamilyFitness November 3, 2011 at 5:59 am

I’ve never tasted one, but the movie is a good one!!!


Alissa - Not Just Apples November 3, 2011 at 6:53 am

Ooh intriguing – I saw green tomatoes at the farmer’s market last week, and only picked up one to put into chili chutney, but I’m so happy to see a baked version of a ‘fried’ green tomato – looks yummy!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 3, 2011 at 6:57 am

Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favourite books/movies ever! You must watch it!

I’ve never actually had fried green tomatoes before though.


Diana November 3, 2011 at 7:48 am

Fried green tomatoes are so good!! I will definitely have to try this un-fried version so that I can have twice the tomato with half the lethargic fat kid feeling.

Fried Green Tomatoes is also a great, great movie – I’m pretty sure my mom and I HAVE had a fried green tomatoes eating and viewing party, I would definitely recommend getting involved with that with your new un-fried version!


Lisa@HealthyDiaries November 3, 2011 at 8:06 am

Hey Chelsey!
If you put your green tomatoes in a cool dark place they’ll ripen and turn red. We keep our in the garage for about a week. We actually have some right now that are pretty red and ready to use.


Lizzie @TheWeekdayVegan November 3, 2011 at 8:42 am

This looks AWESOME– I love me some Southern food and fried green tomatoes, but I can’t say they are the healthiest. These look much better!


Pure2raw twins November 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

what a great idea, can you believe i have never had a green tomato before?? you version looks way better than fried ones


Anna @ The Guiltless Life November 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

You know, I’ve NEVER had a green tomato. So crazy. I love how nuts these look! They look awesome!


galit November 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I also have far too many green tomatoes out in my greenhouse – same problem, I reckon. And now I know what to do with them before it gets too cold for them to go red – thanks! (and I’ve seen the movie, and read the book – both are definitely improved with a plate of the green stuff)


Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles November 4, 2011 at 9:05 am

I’ve never had a green tomato either! I just don’t think there’s any way they’re as amazing as dark chocolate!


Laura @ bloglette November 8, 2011 at 8:04 am

We’ve had an abnormally warm November in Iowa, and I just “cleaned” the still-green tomatoes from my garden. Totally planning on making this tonight! Looks fabulous!


a passerby August 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Wow, you certainly think you are witty, don’t you? Nobody cares about your mom getting mad at you for watching a movie without her. Thinking about eating tomatoes barefoot in the garden isn’t “ridiculous.” It’s not even unique or quirky, and such false self-deprecation does not make you a more interesting or funny writer. On top of that, these tomatoes look awful, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Keep trying.


cleaneatingchelsey October 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Wow, that just wasn’t nice at all!


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