Spicy Green BLT Bloody Marys
St Patrick’s day is nearly upon us, and as with most red blooded Americans, I am treating this as an opportunity to drink some questionably green beverages… luckily for you, we have a DELICIOUS Green Bloody Mary Recipe made with Green tomatoes. I have been on a quest to find healthy alternatives to the decadent goodies I had in my diet, and when the fun holiday’s come around, its difficult to keep on track. That’s ok! We are here to help.
Do you want to know the health benefits of indulging in a Green Tomato every now and then, or all the time? Of course you do!
A large green tomato has 43 milligrams of vitamin C, providing half the daily requirement for men and nearly 60 percent for women. It also has 58 micrograms of vitamin A, giving you close to one-tenth of your recommended daily intake. Getting enough of these antioxidant vitamins can help protect your immune system and prevent premature aging. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, so it is beneficial to eat green tomatoes with an iron source, such as meat, poultry, fish, spinach or an iron supplement.
Green tomatoes contain an alkaloid called tomatine, which may effectively fight cancer cells, according to researchers who published a study in "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry" in 2009. Tomato plants use their tomatine content to combat bacteria, fungi, viruses and insects, but tomatine also appears to offer anticarcinogenic benefits. Upon comparing extracts, the researchers found that extracts from high-tomatine green tomatoes strongly inhibited human cancer cell lines of the breast, colon, stomach and liver. Green Tomatoes are also known to have Vitamin K, B-Complex Vitamins, Minerals, proteins, and fiber.
So with all of this new knowledge of Green Tomatoes… You must really want the recipe…
Here ya go!
Recipe: Spicy BLT Green Bloody Marys
- 4 cups green tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of parsley
- ½ cup English cucumber chunks
- 2 limes, juiced
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 jalapeno, quartered
- 2 teaspoons horseradish
- 8 ounces of vodka
- Kosher salt to taste
- For Garnish:
- 4 romaine lettuce leaf hearts
- 4 strips crispy bacon
- cherry tomatoes
- Lemon wedges
- Combine the green tomatoes, vinegar, parsley, cucumber chunks, lime juice, Worcestershire and jalapeno in the jar of a blender. Puree on high until very smooth.
- Stir in the horseradish and the vodka. Season to taste with kosher salt.
- Fill 4 glasses with ice cubes.
- Pour over ice and garnish with Romaine lettuce leaf hearts, and crispy strips of bacon and cherry tomatoes and lemon wedges.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
If you want to make it alcoholic, simply add your favorite Vodka or Gin.
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Happy St Patrick’s WEEK!!!
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