Okra gets such a bad rap and in my opinion, that just isn’t fair!
Yes it can be a tad bit slimy and that slippery texture leaves folks feeling like it doesn’t belong on any plate. But I promise you that if you try this okra fried rice recipe, you may just become an okra believer!
In late Spring when I planted my veggie garden, I planted two okra plants. One didn’t make it but the other has grown beyond my expectations. I started my garden project so blindly. Other than knowing that everything I planted grows above soil, I really didn’t know anything else.I definitely had no idea that okra grows on tall plants with flowering buds that drop off to reveal pods of okra that grow straight up in the air.I had no idea that my plant would go suuuuper tall and that it would take until August(peak season for okra is) for them to flourish.Now that it’s high season I literally come in with handfuls every couple days.
I typically like my okra fried, honestly before now that’s the only way I would eat it because it took most of the sliminess out. Well we all know you can’t go eating fried food every single week. Not if you care about your arteries.
Anywho, after a recent trip to Charlestown, SC my mother brought back a Charleston Magazine that had a couple okra centered recipes from chef Alluette Jones-Smalls; one of which was for a vegan, gluten free okra fried rice.
For the full recipe visit here.
Naturally I couldn’t leave it vegan. We added in a little fresh andouille sausage that my parents brought back from Cleveland and chicken breast. This fried rice was SOOOOOO good! The okra adds a great crunch and texture, the andouille lends a great hint of spiciness and the coconut oil provides the dish with an other worldly flavor that had me going back for seconds and thirds.
The dish is perfect for a family dinner and is sure to change a mind or two about the deliciousness that is okra.
Oh my y’all… I’m obsessed with Married At First Sight!
How come none of you all told me about this show before now?? I spent my Friday binge watching and since tonight is the finale, I had to do a little summary and finale prediction video.
I’m going to be doing more videos, next time with better lighting *ahem* and covering all sorts of topics. This is my first time recording myself and editing so I guess I didn’t do horribly lol.
Anywho, who is watching the finale tonight?? Who do you think will stick together?