Sunday, May 4, 2008

New Orleans Okra

An easy side dish with the flavors of the south.

In a medium sauce pan, heat a teaspoon and a half of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add one cup chopped onion and saute 5 minutes. Add 1/4 finely diced green bell pepper and 1/4 finely diced celery, along with a teaspoon and a half of tomato paste, and cook another two minutes. (Apparently, onions, green bell pepper and celery are known as the "trinity" in New Orleans cooking).

Add one, 14.5-oz can of diced tomatoes, undrained, and 1/4 tsp ground red pepper. Cook for ten minutes until the sauce thickens. Add 3/4 lb. fresh okra, trimmed and chopped into slices (about two cups worth). Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add in a dash of salt.

The yield is four, side-dish servings of 3/4 cup each, 110 calories.

onion $0.98
tomato paste $0.79
diced canned tomato $1.19
okra $2.55

A few other, none-recipe related points. I used to take those chocolate calcium chews for women every day, until I could no longer in good conscience do so, since they contain milk. I keep forgetting to mention that I have found a vegan alternative from Nutrition Now! Make sure to buy the fruit flavored ones, though, because their chocolate version does contain dairy.

Also, to celebrate the return of baseball season, my boyfriend and I decided to get baseball gloves. This posed a bit of a problem, however, because I knew I didn't want to buy leather. Well, lo and behold, it's possible to buy an all-vegan glove, care of the great craftsmanship at Carpenter Trade Company. They make each glove custom-made to fit the hand, and 100% from synthetic, man-made materials. Mine arrived yesterday, and it, well, fits like a glove. I want to spread the word!

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance