Desserts, Food

Green Tomato Mock Apple Crisp

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan

One of my favorite things about ordering organic produce from Misfits Market (other than how inexpensive it is) is that I get to try new fruits and vegetables that I wouldn’t ordinarily buy at a regular grocery store, like last week’s leeks for example. This week I got a handful of green tomatoes. I didn’t even know you could eat green tomatoes! I thought that if you ate unripe tomatoes you would get sick!

But apparently, you can eat green tomatoes and they have a wide variety of culinary uses. When I asked my dad (my go-to gardening expert) what I should do with my green tomatoes, he promptly replied: “Make a mock apple pie.” Apparently when he was growing up, not a single fruit or vegetable went to waste in the family garden. When tomato season came to a close, the remaining green tomatoes were gathered and made into pies!

Intrigued, I decided to give it a try. I opted to make a green tomato “apple” crisp with a cinnamon-oat crumble topping instead of a pie though because I was too lazy to make a gluten-free pie crust. But, if you’re in the mood for a pie, feel free to plop the green tomato filling into a pie crust instead. Just be sure to adjust your bake time.

When I baked this green tomato “apple” crisp, I was astonished to find how much it tasted like a real apple crisp! It was amazing, really. In fact, when my brother and my husband tried it last night, they had no idea that they were eating green tomatoes until I told them!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, let me know what you think! Could it pass for an apple crisp?

How to Make a Green Tomato Mock Apple Crisp

Ingredients

Filling

5 medium green tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup gluten-free all purpose baking flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1TBS apple cider vinegar

Topping

1 cup gluten-free all purpose baking flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
6 TBS dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup coconut oil, solid

Preparation

Filling

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then add the cider vinegar and tomatoes and toss to coat. Arrange tomato slices in layers on the bottom of a 9 by 11 baking dish.

Topping

Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in solid coconut oil. Break it up with your fingers, a whisk, or other tool until it forms clumps.

Sprinkle on top of tomato slices and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes until tomatoes are tender and the crust is golden.


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Lifestyle

It’s Here! It’s Here! My Misfits Market Order Has Arrived!

This post contains a referral code for Misfits Market. If you click on the link for Misfits Market through my page, you get a 25% discount on your first purchase, and I get a 25% discount on my next one. It’s a win for both of us 😉

If you have been following my meal plans, then you’ll know that I have been eagerly anticipating my first shipment of fresh organic veggies from Misfits Market. I thought that I would share my first box with you all so you can share in my excitement.

I was hoping my box would arrive before I went shopping today, but it didn’t. Instead, it arrived around 4 pm. However, I made a point when I was shopping to only get the bare necessities (aka the snacks like 90% dark chocolate and aged cheese) so that I wouldn’t end up wasting food. I knew that I might have to change this week’s meal plan a bit.

Here is my box as it arrived on my doorstep.

When I first opened the box, I was a bit disappointed, because I thought that I got a bunch of vegetables that would be hard to make meals with. However, after I laid it all out, I realized that I did get some good fruits for snacking and a decent assortment of veggies to cook with. I might even be able to make some of the meals that I was planning to, albeit with some adjustments.

Here are the veggies after I unpacked and sorted them.

In case you’re wondering what was in our box, we got:
2 acorn squash
2 broccoli heads
2 cauliflower heads
2 cucumbers
2 bunches of kale
4 limes
4 mangoes
6 apples
8 onions
10 red potatoes
35 mini peppers

Some things I like about our first box? Overall, I’d say it’s a good variety of quality, seasonal organic fruits and vegetables for a good price. They arrived quickly, in good condition, and in compostable and reusable packaging which was pretty cool. (I cut up the compostable foam and it’s currently entertaining my little tot while I write this. Win!) I also like that we got some fruits and vegetables that we normally wouldn’t have purchased, like mangoes and mini peppers. It’s also fun to get produce by mail; not only do you get to anticipate the arrival of a package, but also you also get to dream about the organic goodness waiting inside! It’s a great little surprise.

One thing I didn’t like was that you can’t opt out of certain veggies or fruits (at least to my knowledge). Since we are doing a low FODMAP diet for the sake of my husband, we normally wouldn’t purchase onions, broccoli or cauliflower because they tend to be problematic for him. But now I’m going to have to find something to do with these veggies. Maybe they’ll just make their way into this week’s stir-fry and the baby and I will eat them! One other thing that will take some getting used to is planning meals around what arrives in the mail because it switches up the usual flow of things. But it will be a good opportunities to get my creative juices flowing.

Will I reorder? Probably. It’s hard to get a good feel for a product or service until you try it for a while. So we’re going to test it out and see how it works for us. Stay tuned for updates?

What do you think about getting fruits and veggies by mail? Have you ordered from Misfits Market?