Being a food blogger and being on a diet do not go well together. Just the other day I tried to find a cookie recipe that I deemed “worthy” to make. As I was drooling on my screen, I was calculating the points in each. I just couldn’t do it. Though I really, really wanted to. Cue also….an internal discussion over just loving my body the way it is so that I can eat cookies.
Instead, I have decided to capture more of what I have been eating. I will admit that the recipes often aren’t really recipes. Summer fruits and vegetables are so amazing that they don’t even need to be cooked in a special way to make them delicious. Boiling, grilling, steaming or roasting are often all they need which isn’t really all that recipe worthy. Recipe worthy or not, I am going to share a few of them, though, because I have really branched out in what I will cook.
Like today, for example. I roasted okra. I am Southern so I have a LOVE for okra. I only cook it by frying it, though, because that is how I grew to love it. Fried okra is NOT a healthy choice. Today when I was at the grocery store, they had awesome looking okra. Usually the okra at the store looks like it has been lying around for weeks. It is dry and spotty. Today it was shiny with no spots and it was calling to me. I avoided the siren song of fried okra and decided to find a new way to cook it. Roasting was super easy and way less messy. It also tasted delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I didn’t share any with my family.
Okra in a new way...oven roasted!
- 3 cups okra
- Cooking spray
- Fresh ground pepper
- Seasoned salt
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
- Wash okra and dry with a paper towel. Cut off the stem end of each piece of okra. Arrange in a single layer in the middle of the cookie sheet. Okra should be touching each other.
- Spray okra with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper.
- Bake for 10 - 15 minutes turning once.
- Eat hot.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 24Sodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
What is your favorite vegetable?