This week I found some okra at the farmers' market, and I decided to try out two recipes with okra from the ever wonderful "Real Food Daily Cookbook" :
This is the "Red Bean Chili with Okra and Butternut Squash." It was hearty and yummy and spicy hot. Probably not my favorite chili of all time, but definitely worth making and eating. It used up about half the okra I bought at the market. Full of colors and vitamins.
For dessert, an Apricot-Raspberry Tart. I was in our fancy neighborhood bakery that morning, and saw a lovely apricot-raspberry tart (not vegan, of course) for about $25. I thought to myself "I can do that!" So I whipped up this little baby, and it was truly delightful.
Okra Meal Number Two:
Then tonight I made the "Creole Tempeh Gumbo." Wow! I've never had gumbo before, so I have no idea how authentic the flavor is... but I really loved it. I served it over brown basmati rice. In a small victory for Amey-kind, I also did not burn the rice, which was both rare and exciting. This gumbo was full of delicious flavors... rich and hearty and smoky and deep. The sauce was thick and stewy. Yum.
To go along with the gumbo, garlicky kale (from my own veggie garden), delicious sweet corn, and Southern-Style Skillet Cornbread (also from the Real Food Daily cookbook). So yummy.