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!