Recipe by Tamara Melton, MS, RD, LD
This is a quick and easy way to eat okra. You can also substitute okra for other vegetables, such as asparagus, zucchini, or summer squash.
~ ½ pound okra, rinsed
~ ½ tablespoon olive oil
~ 1 ½ teaspoons salt
~ 1 ½ teaspoons pepper
Paprika to taste
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place okra in a single layer on non-stick baking. Toss with oil, salt, pepper and paprika.
2. Roast okra in the oven about 10 minutes, or until you can pierce the okra easily with a fork.
Makes: 3-4 servings
Roasting or grilling your favorite fruits and vegetables is a healthy way to enjoy a new side dish.
We all know we need to eat our fruits and veggies, but sometimes eating these foods the same way can get a little boring. Using cooking methods like grilling or roasting creates new and unexpected flavors and textures. Grilling causes the sugars in fruit to caramelize, while roasting leaves vegetables firm but not too crisp.
Money-saving tip: Okra grows well in the warm, humid climate of middle and South Georgia. Fort Valley State University has more information on how to grow okra in your own garden.
Georgia State Fact: Okra will not tolerate cold soils and should not be planted until the soils have warmed up to above 65 degrees. Planting season for okra in Georgia is between late March and late April.