One of the first rules of tailgating is that you should always offer your guests something a little different than the next tailgater over. And, it goes without saying that your food should be so delicious that your guests just can’t help but keep coming back for more! Well, these Roasted Okra Fries really deliver on all fronts! And, they require just 4 simple ingredients. That’s all!
Repeat and Eat!
Okra often gets a bad rap! Enough of the name-calling. I say place the blame where the blame belongs, not on this delicious and versatile vegetable. If your okra fails to deliver oohs and aahs when served, you might want to check yourself. Done right, okra is delicious..as well as nutricious!
Okra, dear okra, let me count the ways of your health benefits!
- Okra is naturally very low-calorie. They are are just 30 calories per 3 1/2 oz and contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. Furthermore, these little beauties are great suppliers of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. In fact, nutritionists often recommend okra in diets for controlling cholesterol and weight reduction programs.
- Help with digestion and constipation.
- A major source of vitamin-A and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, xanthin, and lutein. According to one source, “Vitamin-A is essential for for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.”
- Fresh okra is a rich source of folates;which is especially important during the pre-conception period to help decrease birth defects. Specifically, the incidence of neural tube defects in the newborn.
- Okra pods are also an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin, vitamin-C, providing about 36% of daily recommended levels. “Research suggests that consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the human body develop immunity to combat infectious agents, reduce episodes of cold and cough and protect it from harmful free radicals.“
- A rich source of the B-complex group of vitamins like niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid, okra pods also contain good amounts of vitamin-K, which is required for strengthening of bones.
- Among other okra accolades is that the pods are a good source of many essential minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, and magnesium.
So, boys and girls, EAT YOUR OKRA!
These Roasted Okra Fries are:
So NOT slimey!
And, they are not weighed down with a ton of batter or, for that matter, a lot of unnecessary oil. If your family or tailgating guests don’t want to eat your okra, it’s because you’re not doing it right! Get it in gear with this super simple recipe for Roasted Okra Fries. Your family and fellow tailgaters will thank you!
Now go grab a pile of crispy Roasted Okra Fries and a juicy Carolina Style Hamburger! and let’s get this tailgating party started!