My Metabolic Balance program inspires and encourages participants to try new foods and new ways of preparing old favorites. In my own metabolic adventures I made up a recipe for okra. I was surprised by how easy and delicious it is.
I have only had okra a few times in my life. I liked it but I was always apprehensive about cooking okra myself. It has a reputation for being slimy.
However, it is on my meal plan and I am trying to eat as many things on my list as I can. I found it fresh at the farmer’s market so I tried it. It came out very good. I will make it again.
The amount of okra I used was to suit my meal plan. I cut the tops and tips off of the okra and weighed it along with the amount of tomato and onion I was going to use.
I always trim the vegetables before I weight them. After weighing then I wash and slice them.
2 Tablespoon Chopped Onion
Fresh Basil Leaves
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
Dash of Cayenne & Chili Powder
Wash and remove the stems and tips of the Okra, Slice thinly in the cross-wise direction.
Wash, seed and peel tomato. Chop in small pieces.
Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in a sauté pan, add okra, cover and simmer gently about 5 minutes. Stir frequently. Add the remaining ingredients. Add seasoning to taste with the basil, sea salt and other spices.
Cover and simmer for 20 more minutes until all the ingredients are tender. Add a little water as necessary to keep from sticking to the pan.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION FOR OKRA*
One cup of cooked okra contains the following nutrients: 46 calories, 19g. carbohydrates, 0.5g. fat, 760 IU Vitamin A, 32mg. Vitamin C, 0.21mg. Thiamin, 1.4mg. niacin, 0.29mg. riboflavin, 66mg. calcium, 0.66mg. phosphorous, 2800mg. potassium, 3mg. sodium, 3.2g. protein, 1.6g. fiber.
Laurel’s Kitchen: A Handbook for Vegetarian Cookery & Nutrition, 1976
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