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Stewed Okra + Veggies

 

I have been venturing into the land of new vegetables. I suppose that's what travelling does to someone who is a nutrition nerdress like me (though I say that without judgment). Monday we talked eggplant, today, I am kicking it slimy style with okra.

This is okara:

Okra is a green vegetable that is mildly fuzzy on the outside and majorly slimy on the inside. As revolting as that unjust description may sound, don't judge a vegetable by its furry/slimyness and instead trust that 1) it IS delicious and 2) that slimyness is a little health bonus.

Am I ever excited to share these little tidbits with you:

  • The superior-powered stylings of fiber found in okra helps stabilize blood sugar by slowing the rate at which it is absorbed.
  • Okra's mucilage (the slimy part) binds with cholesterol and bile acid carrying toxins that get dumped by our hard working liver and gets that shyte out.
  • Okra helps lube up the large intestines thanks to its  bulking  laxative qualities. The okra fiber absorbs water and ensures bulk in stools. Unlike extracted fibres like  wheat bran, which be a bit rough and tumble on the delicate tissue of the digestive tract, okra's mucilage soothes this tissue and facilitates a more um... slippery elimination
  • Okra fiber is excellent for feeding the good bacteria, contributing to the health of the intestinal tract.
  • Okra is a supreme vegetable for those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression.
  • Okra is used for healing ulcers and to keep joints limber.
  • It helps to neutralize acids, being very alkaline, and provides a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract.
  • Okra treats lung inflammation, sore throat, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Okra's is high in vitamin C,  an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which reduces asthmatic symptoms.
  • Okra protects you from pimples and maintains smooth and beautiful skin, likely because it helps get rid of our body's toxic waste

I am perfectly content to give these babies the old rinse and steam but you don't need a recipe for that. So instead I cooked them up with some tomatoes, my newly beloved wonky boob eggplant, celery onion, a little olive oil and salt and voila it was ready and totes amazing.

Slippery Stewed Okra and Other Great Veggies

3 cups (about 12) okras, tips removed and sliced
1/2 cup celery, sliced
2 cups eggplant, cubed
4-5 medium size tomatoes, cubed
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs olive oil
sea salt and cayenne to taste

  • Saute onions in olive oil until translucent. Add a little water if they seem to be sticking
  • Add all remaining vegetables and cook on medium heat covered
  • The tomatoes will provide the liquid as they cook, though you may want to stir it around once in a while to keep it from sticking
  • Simmer on low for 15-20 mins until the vegetables are cooked other and celery is tender
  • Add sea salt and cayenne
  • Easy peasy and you are at the 'voila' stage!

23 Responses to “Stewed Okra + Veggies”

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  7. Elizabeth said…
    You are AWESOME for listing these benefits!! I got your link from Kitchen Operas.
  8. samasamad said…
    I love okra. When I was little, my father had a large garden of many vegetables, and okra was one of my favorite.. I would just plug one off, the little ones are better, the seeds are still small and therefore you don't taste the seeds. Noticing your catchy slogan; "Making love in the kitchen"... it took my attention, since the subject is Okra. I am a complete fan of Okra, that I eat it raw, cooked, baked and also sun dried baked and I even use its mucilage extract as to add to my food recipes, and as well as am using the gel for body massage. I drink it as tea, and have it well kept fridge-fresh for daily use. I de-skin the Okra fruit. With a fine potato peeler, skin the fruit to reveal the fine fruit beneath that needled hairy skin and voila' a real slimy and sexy fruit you beholding, and then... my wife was looking at me and said, "don't you be getting any idea..". yeah. It's been a little two years now, I've been using this substance also on my wife and myself, and things has been going excitedly wonderful with my wife, especially these stuff is so very foodly and fondly fine. With its supreme ingeniousness, it gives extra sensation to body senses that you don't get with other lubes... just using it to rub your tired feet, gives extreme relieve.. I am now making plans to plant large plantation of okra. I want to make it by the gallons so that one can use this fine liquid as a health revitalizing agent therapy. I can't wait to just take a long quiet skin dip in the bathtub full deep with this mucilage.. as I lay there suspended in an environment that is almost like ocean swam by the pre-natal ones.. an ocean where I swam once upon a time for nine months.. Oh, and I took one fruit, cleaned it all inside and out, and laid in the hot sun, then had it cut to small 1/8 th. inch size. and they were so very dried up. But I eat like four little bits and my, they come to live in my mouth, filling my mouth with that incredible mucilage and sweetness of taste.. I bring about two cups of it, and I would just pour a whole cup on my wife and myself and as we swim and slither I would pour it all over my face and would dive into her ocean, and she would just laugh so hard and loving it... Remember, food is therapeutic, all the vegetables are herbal medicinal food for all souls..this wonderful story from the kitchen.. please do try this, it will help spices up lifes in all its angles.
  9. ann said…
    is okra feasible in paper binding..plz help me with yhis
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