Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Roasted Okra, Sauteed Swiss Chard, and Tomato and Avocado Salad
Tonight I was finishing up last week's CSA delivery and diving into this week's.
CSA ingredients used: okra, 2 bunches swiss chard, cherry tomatoes, basil
I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out what to do with this Okra. I know, I am from the south, so the answer should be easy: fry it. Let me tell you, I LOVE fried okra. I always have. However, remember that one of my rules is that I do not fry food at home. I am not a fan of slimy okra, and have never enjoyed the flavor okra takes on when it is stewed with tomatoes. So, I found this recipe with really good reviews online for roasted okra and gave it a try. Of course, I modified it a little to fit ingredients I had available in the kitchen.
All that is needed is washed okra, pam, salt and pepper. Do not cut or chop the okra. Just wash it.
Next dish: Sauteed Swiss Chard
I used 2 bunches of swiss chard, 4 tbsp grape seed oil, salt, pepper, 2 tsp lemon juice.
Then I added the other 2 tbsp of grape seed oil, the leaves, and more salt and pepper to the pan. I mixed the stems and the leaves well, then sauteed for another 7 minutes.
Finally, I drizzled the lemon juice over the finished cooked product before serving.
Finally, I made tomato and avocado salad. It was the same tomato salad recipe from last week, only I added a cut up avocado that I bought at the grocery store that was beautiful and cheap.