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Healthy Recipes for Those Extra Green Tomatoes

By Stephen R. Farris

Fresh fruits and vegetables are a big plus when it comes to eating healthy. Most folks hit up their local grocery store produce section to see what variety of fruits and vegetables are available. But they can be limited in those, especially if they tend to carry only produce in season.

Big grocery chains tend to have access to a larger range of fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from, but you might face the fact they may not have the ones you're looking for. 

Another alternative is to pay a visit to your local farmers market. Most towns have them. Usually they are set up from late spring to early summer, and again in early September to around early November. You'll more than likely find many fruits and vegetables that aren't found in your local grocery stores or big box stores.

However, money is a little tight these days and it might be advantageous to plant a small garden of your own, planting your favorite vegetables. If you have lots of time to spare, you can also plant certain fruits, but look for those to be ready for harvest -- at the earliest in most cases -- the following year or the next.

There is one exception to fruit growing and a quick yield. That is the tomato. Most people still think of a tomato as a vegetable. In most cases, your vine will be plentiful yet can sometimes runneth over.

Red ripe tomatoes are great on their own, seasoned with a little olive oil, a sprinkle of black pepper, and a dash of salt. Usually people tend to cut them up and use them in salads.

A southern staple is to pick tomatoes while they are still green. These can be used in a variety of dishes and served several ways.

Fried

This is the most popular way to eat green tomatoes. As a matter of fact, that's what they are labeled as when fried. Fried green tomatoes. All you need to do is heat up a skillet with a little cooking oil, coat the tomatoes in bread crumbs, or flour, then fry.

Salsa

Always a favorite and is usually accompanied with homemade tortilla chips. The great thing about salsa, is that you can use either red or green, one or the other for salsa or add them both.

Grilled

Grilled tomatoes are another popular way to serve them up. Team them up with grilled tuna or salmon. Add your favorite seasonings for added flavor.

To learn more about nutrition, visit your local chiropractor to hear tips and suggestions they have to offer.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mukilteo, Wash.

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