Gluten Free Fried Green Tomatoes

If you grew up in the South, you most likely grew up eating fried green tomatoes.  Let’s be honest, anything FRIED is going to be lip-smackin’ good.  Whether is chicken, okra, squash, or tomatoes…fry it up for some good eating! (That sounded SO Paula Deen’ish.)  Since I’ve been doing Paleo (almost a year), I don’t eat a lot of fried foods anymore… but my Papa gave us some home-grown green tomatoes last week that NEEDED to be eaten!  I tried to make these as healthy as possible.  Everything in moderation, right?  🙂  They aren’t 100% Paleo, but they are gluten free!

Since I’ve been eating Paleo, I’ve realized how much better I feel when I don’t eat gluten.  I’ve never been diagnosed with an allergy to gluten, but after you stop eating it, then have a gluten filled sandwich of some sort on a cheat day, my stomach KILLS me.

I’ve been studying up on why we shouldn’t eat gluten… Here are just a few reasons:

1.  Humans don’t fully digest wheat.  The undigested portions of wheat begin to ferment, producing gas and irritability in the stomach.

2.  Wheat is a pro-inflammatory agent.  A pro-inflammatory agent is rapidly converted to sugar, causing a rise in the body’s insulin levels, causing a burst of inflammation at the cellular level, among other problems.

3.  Refined wheat has little nutritional value.  Did you know that manufactures actually have to enrich refined wheat because they’ve taken out all the nutrients?  And even then, the wheat’s not that valuable, nutritionally speaking.

All these years I’ve been eating WHEAT, thinking I was being more healthy, and it was just doing more damage to my body and I didn’t even know it.  THAT infuriates me. Alright, let’s move on to the recipe!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 green tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg + 2 tbsp water
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil plus 2-3 tbsp butter

Directions:

green tomatoes

1.  In a medium size bowl or plate, add the bread crumbs, almond flour, and tapioca.  Season really well with salt and pepper.  I taste my flour to see if it has enough seasoning.

2.  In a small bowl, whisk your egg and water together.

battered tomatoes

3.  Start assembling!  Dip a sliced tomato in egg, then bread crumbs.  Make sure the tomato is completely covered. Set a on plate and repeat until all tomatoes are breaded.

tomatoes cooking

4.  In a large skillet on medium-high heat, add the olive oil and butter.  Let this get hot before you start adding the tomatoes.  I use both olive oil and butter.  Use whatever you prefer.

flipped tomatoes

5.  I pan-sear my tomatoes, then drain them on a paper towel when they’re done.

done tomatoes

I really should’ve made this picture look a lot better… Just know that looks can be deceiving and they taste amazing!!!

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