Sunday, February 24, 2013

David's Delicious Okra

My husband David and I have been trying to eat healthy food, including more vegetables. We both love okra, and my husband created this dish so that we could eat okra without deep frying it. To my delight, this recipe is so delicious that I think it's better than any fried okra I've ever eaten! It's also quick and easy to prepare, and far less messy than frying.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt to taste (or a large pinch)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or your favorite herbs and spices)
1 pound okra

To begin, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and rinse your okra. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Trim both ends off the pods, like so.

Combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and spices in a large Ziploc bag (or a large bowl).

Add the okra to the bag and shake until the okra are well coated with the mixture.

Spread the okra in a single layer on your baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet on the middle rack of your 400 degree oven, and bake for fifteen minutes, or until the pods brown slightly.

Finally, eat all the delicious okra!

Why Okra?

Okra are a very low calorie vegetable with no saturated fat and plenty of dietary fiber. Nutritionists sometimes recommend them for controlling cholesterol and weight loss. They are rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, and K, folates, iron, calcium, and magnesium. 

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