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I am happy to see a lot of okra at the farmer’s market lately. I love okra! It’s rich in fiber, vitamin C, folate, and vitamin K. Okra is great food for healthy skin (provided its not fried) and its richness in folate also means it’s great for pregnant women.

One alternative to fried okra and okra stew is roasted or grilled okra. You can prepare this on your grill or in the kitchen. It is light, healthy and the seared taste really complements the okra’s natural flavor, so this is a great way to sneak some healthy veggies into a BBQ day. Below is a simple, no frill recipe for a last minute cooking/grilling.

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 1 lb okra
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt for taste
  • Lemon (optional)

In the kitchen:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Rinse the okra, drain and pat dry with a paper towel. Trim away the stem ends and the tips.
  3. Place okra in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt to taste and toss with the olive oil until coated.
  4. Using a tong, place the okra on a sheet pan in one layer.
  5. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, shaking the pan every five minutes. Cook until okra is lightly seared and tender. Drizzle with some lemon juice for taste. Serve hot.

On the Grill:

  1. Rinse the okra, drain, and pat dry with a paper towel. Trim away the stem ends and the tips.
  2. Place okra in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt to taste and toss with the olive oil until coated.
  3. Using a tong, place the okra on a sheet of aluminum foil.
  4. In high heat, grill for 10 minutes or until okra is lightly seared and tender (Turn the okra after 5 minutes so it cooks evenly).
  5. Drizzle with some lemon juice for taste. Serve hot.

-NZ

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