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Baked Green Tomatoes: Yummy, Easy, Ridiculously Low Cal

Baked Green Tomatoes: Yummy, Easy, Ridiculously Low Cal

Here are three reasons I love baked green tomatoes.

1. Baked is a yummy way use my ugly duckling tomatoes that are firm but imperfect.

2. Baked is easier to make than its more famous cousin – fried green tomatoes.

3. Baked green tomatoes have way fewer calories than fried – about 16 calories/slice baked vs. 75 calories/slice fried.

So, when I’ve had my fill of sweet, luscious, red tomatoes from my garden, I pick them when they’re green and firm, and then bake them.

Baking Green Tomatoes

Baking green tomatoes is a no-brainer. Slice tomatoes ¼-inch thick, coat with whatever topping you like, then bake in a 400-degree oven for about 20 minutes.

The trick for me is to select coating ingredients that taste great and keep down the calories. I like to use panko breadcrumbs because they get super crunchy when baked; and Parmesan cheese, because it’s tasty, browns up beautifully, and lets me leave out extra salt.

Cheesy Baked Green Tomatoes


Firm, green tomatoes

½ cup panko breadcrumbs

½ cup Parmesan cheese grated


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Slice tomatoes at least ¼-inch thick.

3. In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan.

4. Place tomatoes on a non-stick cookie sheet.

5. Press 1 tablespoon of the breadcrumb-Parmesan mixture onto the top of each tomato slice.

6. Spray each slice with a light spritz of Pam.

7. Bake for 20 minutes on a center rack, or until the topping is golden brown and the tomato is fork tender.

8. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

Image credit: Lisa Kaplan Gordon


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Lisa Kaplan Gordon, creator of, is an award-winning journalist, avid gardener and fly-fisher. She lives in Northern Virginia on a half acre that always needs weeding. Please visit her on Twitter (@kaplan_lisa) and Facebook (Lisa Kaplan Gordon)


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7:48PM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Brought in some green tomatoes from the garden today, they were fabulous and very tasty. Often, I plant certain tomato plants just to be my 'green tomato trees,' since I love them so much. There are quite a number of green tomato recipes.

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12:57AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Kinda making me hungry! This will be tried! I love tomatoes, never heard about this one! Always love try something!

12:56PM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

I want to try this- great way to use up green tomatoes!

7:22PM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

Now I'm hungry. Looks wonderful and I'm sure they are. Thanks for sharing.

2:06PM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

1:46PM PDT on Aug 6, 2014


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