Okra is a originally an African vegetable. Of course it is most known for being part of Southern American cuisine. When you cut this green veggie is has a sticky substance that comes out that can be used in soups and even stews. As far as nutrition goes, okra is great for you. It is about 31 calories for one cup of them. Because they are so low in calories, contains no cholesterol, has no fat and is high in fiber, minerals and vitamins I highly suggest adding them to your diet. Okra does offer a lot of vitamin A and beta carotenes. But be careful because more people fry them, which downgrades its nutritional value. Here is a recipe for keeping okra low calorie, yet tasty.
I have had okra in all forms. I even love them freeze dried and salted. The Amish Healthy Foods store in Ukraine Village sells them. But you can make them at home and serve them like you would a side of zucchini or squash. If you want to keep the delicious dish around 50 calories try this recipe.
- Make sure the okra is dry after washing it.
- Trim the stems off and then salt them. Use a good salt like pink Himalayan.
- Then drizzle a nice olive oil or flavored olive oil and mix it up.
- Place the okra on a dry pan. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. After 7 minutes, shake the sheet pan.
- Before taking them out of the oven, make sure they are brown and tender.
- If you like spicy, try sprinkling chili pepper or simply use hot sauce.