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Crispy Roasted Okra with Bacon
Crispy roasted okra with delicious, flavorful bites of bacon, all roasted on one sheet pan in the oven. This recipe is low carb, gluten free, and a Trim Healthy Mama S Recipe.
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If you have been a Trim Healthy Mama for any length of time, you are familiar with the super-food, okra! Yes, a super food! If you do not believe me, check out these facts about this amazing, all-star vegetable.
- It can stabilize blood sugar.
- It is low in calories and rich in fiber.
- It can act as a natural laxative (all that “slime” is good for your intestines).
- Okra has been linked to preventing coughs and colds (due to its high Vitamin C content).
- Okra contains a good number of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
The above information came from here (check it out to see even more health benefits of this awesome vegetable)! Now you can see why I have been trying to include more of it in my diet!
I grew up in East Tennessee eating okra every Sunday. My Grandma made fried okra every week for Sunday dinner. No doubt part of my love for okra comes from the warm memories associated with it. All that to say, I have loved okra long before I knew it was so good for me! (By the way, I adapted my Grandma’s recipe - Southern Fried Okra.)
One of my favorite ways to eat okra is to roast it in the oven until it is crispy. This also helps to take care of the “slime” that so many people dislike. I decided to add some bacon to kick it up a notch.
Because of the bacon, you do not have to add any additional oil for roasting. The bacon releases its flavor and flavors the bacon as it roasts. So delicious!
Many of you know that my husband and I work at a school for Native Americans in Montana. (We are the boys dorm parents.) One of my boys came in yesterday at lunch time and I asked him if he wanted to try this crispy roasted okra with bacon. He said he would pick out the bacon and eat it, but NO OKRA! I told him he could pick out the bacon as long as he ate at least one piece of okra for a “no-thank-you-helping.” (Good mom, right?) But guess what? He ate the whole bowl! Okra and all! He even asked me to make it again sometime! So, this recipe passed the taste test of a 17 year old boy. That says a lot, I think!
If you have been hesitant about trying okra, give this recipe a try! If you need other ideas, you could also try this Secret Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake, Secret Ingredient Hot Chocolate, or these Okra Fritters! My friend Judy, over at Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved has an awesome Roasted Okra recipe that includes Parmesan cheese! Yum!
So what do you need for this Crispy Roasted Okra with Bacon?
2 12 ounce Bags Frozen Okra
4 Slices of Uncooked Bacon, cut into small pieces
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Crispy Roasted Okra with Bacon
- 2 12 Ounce Bags Frozen Cut Okra
- 4 Slices Uncooked Bacon, cut into small pieces
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- Preheat oven to 400.
- In a large bowl, or on the baking sheet, mix frozen okra and bacon pieces.
- Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until okra is roasted and crispy. (You may want to stir the okra once or twice while roasting.)