Okra

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) Any of you folks out there who were kids of the 1970s will be familiar with this version of a casserole. We had it at least once a week at my house! It may be old fashioned, but it is still delicious, especially if you are hungry for a bit of nostalgia. So sit back, watch some episodes of the Brady Bunch and get groovy with vegetables! Old Fashioned Casserole Ingredients 1 medium white or yellow onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 sweet peppers, chopped half a pint of fresh okra, chopped into rings 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (we used Grass Roots chicken tenders) 1/2 cup sour cream 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 2 green onions, chopped, including green parts 1 package butter crackers, crushed (we used Late July organic classic rich crackers) 3 tablespoons butter, melted Instructions ...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) Instead of an Asian wok, the Southern equivalent is definitely the cast iron skillet. Cooking these summer vegetables over high heat seals in flavor, as well as staving off the slimy texture that okra can take on when cooked. Quick, flavorful, and nutritious (also vegetarian and vegan). Stir Fry Ingredients 1 to 1-1/2 cups very small okra pods, whole 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 3-4 small eggplants, chopped 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped 1/2 lemon salt & pepper 1 cup cooked lentils Instructions In a large cast iron skillet over high heat, warm 1 teaspoon oil to almost smoking. Add okra pods all at once, and cook, stirring, until they begin to brown. Add eggplant, and stir, cooking another minute. Add pepper, stirring and cooking for about 2 minutes more. Add chopped tomato and remove skillet from the heat. Squeeze the juice from half of...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) This recipe uses lots of delicious things that can be found at any local farmstand or farmer’s market. It is also a great way to use up leftover rice. Farmstand Rice Ingredients 2 cups cooked brown rice 1 pound Grass Roots ground turkey 1/2 white or yellow onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 bell pepper, finely chopped 3 small summer squash, finely chopped 1/2 pint fresh okra, thinly sliced into rings 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder 1/4 teaspoon turmeric root powder 1/4 teaspoon chili powder salt & pepper 1/2 cup grated mild cheese Instructions In a large skillet, cook ground turkey over high heat until no pink remains and it is browning at the edges. Remove from skillet and set aside. In same skillet, add about a tablespoon oil and warm over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic, and bell...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) Most Southerners will tell you they love some fried okra. Who doesn’t?! However, I find it tedious to spend time breading and frying the lot. These easy corn cakes give the same crunch and okra flavor without all of the mess. They make the perfect accompaniment for a plate of purple hull peas, too ?   Okra Corn Cakes Ingredients 1 cup yellow corn grits (coarse corn meal is just fine here) 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt dash pepper 1-1/2 cups sliced okra 1 large egg 1/4 cup oil 1/2 cup milk Instructions In a large bowl, combine grits, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Add okra slices, and mix to completely coat each piece in the mixture. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, oil, and milk. Add to dry...

Storage Store okra in a loose plastic bag in the refrigerator, and do not wash until just before use. Eat within 3-4 days for best results. Okra is best preserved by freezing or pickling. To freeze, first blanch in boiling water for three minutes and immediately place in a bowl of ice water. Leave okra whole or slice to desired size. Drain and transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container for freezing. To pickle, follow the recipe for pickled okra below. HEY! TRY THESE RECIPES, TOO! Braised Chicken Gumbo Stewed Okra, Onion, and Tomatoes Okra and Red Pepper Cornbread Okra Creole Grilled Okra with Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce Pickled Okra...