Sunday, September 2, 2012

Farmer's Market Roasted Okra and Zucchini with Garlic and Lemon

Finished Product was crisp, fresh
and delicious!
Yesterday, at the downtown Greenville Farmer's Market I picked up a beautiful selection of locally vegetables and meats.  This week I purchased purple okra, zucchini, green beans, bell peppers, bibb lettuce, red leaf lettuce, mizuna, patty pan squash, garlic, and a selection of humanely raised meats.  It's so much fun to stroll around the market and pick out from each weeks harvest what foods I want to cook and eat. Through trial and error, Tanner and I have learned that shopping at the Farmer's Markets also saves us A LOT of money.  Nutrition-wise, foods that are fresh out of the garden or off the farm are the most nutrient rich. From a Chef's perspective, these farm fresh foods also have the best flavor. When you use quality ingredients you can season them simply, cook them correctly, and they taste great.  It's cooking made easy! :-)  
Burger night while watching
football.  Tan served his on
gluten-free bread and mine
on local Bibb lettuce.

If you don't usually eat okra because of it's slimy texture then you will love it roasted.  It isn't slimy at all and has a awesome flavor.  We paired our roasted vegetables with Grilled Native Meats Grass-fed Beef and Bacon (nitrate/nitrate free) Burgers.  The lemon in this recipe helps these vegetables stand-up to the robust flavor of grass-fed beef.  Enjoy!

Candida Diet, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Primal, Vegan

1 tbl. coconut oil 
1/2 lb. okra, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Black pepper
Sea Salt

1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1/4 lemon, fresh squeezed

Greenbrier Farms in Easley had
purple okra.  Never seen that
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2. Mix all ingredients except lemon zest and juice in a bowl.  Place on a baking sheet.
3.  Bake for 25 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, stirring once. Add lemon zest and juice.  Stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Yields 2, approximately 3/4 c. servings

Keri is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher, Creator of Yoga Props, and Nutrition/Wellness Educator.  She owns and operates BAYA Wellness, LLC offering Yoga and Nutrition Education Services.  Keri teachers both privately and publicly around the Greenville area offering on-going classes and special events.  Her path as a nutritionist is all about making healthy living approachable... she teaches the components of healthy cooking, eating, and thinking while also offering specialized services like menu planning.  Healthy living is about the whole pictures of wellness... find your path to living well.

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1 comment:

  1. All About okra nutrition. Okra is a popular vegetable of the housewives. The interesting thing is that it contains more nutrients for good health, such as fiber, mucilage, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, niacin, calcium, potassium, magnesium, folic acid, iron.Very good for health.