Fried Green Tomatoes with Spicy Cajun Remoulade

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Fried green tomatoes are one of my favorite dishes from the South. Every time I go to visit my brothers down in Nashville I always make sure to get an order! These green tomatoes came from my Mom’s suburb-of-Chicago outdoor garden and were just as good as the Southern fried ones! Also, since these were picked fresh off the vine, they were twice as delicious. I like my fried green tomatoes spicy so this recipe kicks up the heat! If you aren’t into spicy-ness tone down the sriracha, hot sauce and Cajun spices a tad. This dish is a great for a starter before dinner and even substituted for regular tomatoes for a tasty twist on a BLT. Enjoy!

Fried Green Tomatoes with Spicy Cajun Remoulade

For the Spicy Cajun Remoulade

½ cup low fat mayonnaise

½ cup light sour cream

½ tablespoon sriracha

½ lemon, juiced

1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Salt and pepper

Combine the ingredients of the remoulade, stir until combined and refrigerate for 1 hour.

For the Fried Green Tomatoes

1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 egg

1 1/2 cups skim milk

1 tablespoon hot sauce

4-5 Fresh green tomatoes

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Cajun seasoning, for sprinkling

Combine Cajun seasoning, cornmeal and flour into a bowl and toss to combine. Set aside. Combine egg, milk and hot sauce and beat until combined. Set aside. Slice tomatoes into ½ inch slices. Dip each slice into egg/milk/hot sauce mixture until well coated. Then dip each slice seasoning/cornmeal/flour mixture until evenly coated. Heat ½ cup vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add tomatoes, flipping once, about 2 minutes per side. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning and serve hot with the Spicy Cajun Remoulade.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

What better way to celebrate Fall than by cooking a warm, comforting soup? Soup is one of my all time favorite things to cook and one of the top reasons I look forward to the season of Fall. It fills your home with such a welcoming, home made smell. Every time I dive into my homemade soup I couldn’t be more satisfied. This soup is spicy and broth-y and filling and healthy. Make it in a crock pot or on the stove!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

1.5 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 jalepeno pepper, minced

1 poblano pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 can diced tomatoes

3 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized cubes and cooked in 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper

1 can black beans

1.5 cups frozen, fresh corn

1 lime

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon oregano

Splash of hot sauce

5 cups reduced fat chicken broth

Handful of cilantro, chopped

Toppings of choice,  I used: Avocado, reduced fat cheddar, low fat sour cream, multi-grain tortilla chips

  • Your first step is to chop all your veggies and heat up your big soup pot with the 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil.

  • Saute your onions until translucent then add in the garlic until fragrant.

  • Next, add your jalapeno, poblano, red bell pepper and can of diced tomatoes and saute for 2-4 minutes.

  • Add your cooked chicken breast, beans and corn. Saute for 3 minutes on medium then add your lime, spices and hot sauce. Mix until well combined.

  • Your last step is to add your broth and cilantro and simmer on medium low for 30-45 minutes, stirring every so often

  • Don’t forget to set up your toppings! Light sour cream goes really well with these Mexican flavors and avocado adds a nice, creamy freshness to the dish. And of course some crushed tortilla chips; it is tortilla soup after all! Keep it healthy by using multi-grain or whole wheat tortilla chips.

  • Your final, final step before assembling is to taste your soup before you serve and add any needed salt and pepper

 

  • Pour your soup and assemble your toppings and ENJOY this flavorful fall dish!