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Interesting and Healthy Facts About Okra; Plus, 9 Delicious Recipes for You to Try

Interesting and Healthy Facts About Okra; Plus, 9 Delicious Recipes for You to Try

Because of its inherent slimy texture, okra doesn’t appear at the top of most people’s “favorite veggies” list. However, okra is a wonderful and nutritious food, and when prepared well can come out completely non-slimy. Read on for some interesting facts about okra and then check out some delicious recipes that will convert even the most ardent okra haters into okra lovers.

1. Okra is actually a fruit. A fruit is defined as anything that contains seeds. Okra has seeds and is therefore a fruit, but because it lacks the sweetness of a pineapple or an apple, it is regarded as a vegetable.

2. Okra is also called ladies’ fingers. Perhaps if the vegetable went by it’s alternate name, it would have more fans.

3. When storing okra for later use, never wash it as the moisture will cause it to become slimy. Instead, put in a paper bag and refrigerate.

4. When okra is cooked it can turn into a slimy, gooey unappetizing mess. This can be remedied by either roasting it or preparing it with vinegar or lemon juice beforehand.

5. Okra doesn’t have to be cooked to be eaten. It tastes great raw in salads.

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6. Step aside, kale! Okra is a superfood. It is low in calories, but high in calcium, protein, carbohydrates, fat, fiber, and magnesium. It also contains a good dose of vitamins C, K, and A, and can enhance the immune system.

7. Okra has many health benefits. It has been found to reduce asthma symptoms, prevent diabetes, relieve constipation, and help those suffering from exhaustion and depression.

8. Okra can keep skin smooth and help prevent pimples. It also can rejuvenate hair. Just slice okra horizontally, boil until it becomes very slimy, cool the brew, mix with a few drops of lemon, and then rinse your hair out with it.

9. Really mature (old) okra is used to make rope and paper, so avoid those when shopping for okra to eat.

Now, on to the good stuff. Who knew there were so many tasty ways to cook okra?

Delicious Okra Recipes

1. Bacon Wrapped Okra Poppers

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    Everything tastes better with bacon…including okra!

    2. Crock-Pot Sausage Gumbo

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      A flavorful and delicious recipe that is super easy to make and a crowd pleaser.

      3. Okra Pilaf

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        A South Carolina okra pilaf with okra, rice, bacon and green bell pepper. This tasty dish also goes by the name of Limpin’ Susan.

        4. Creole Chicken Okra

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          Hearty, healthy and filling, this recipe uses tons of vegetables and spice, but comes together quickly to make a great weeknight meal.

          5. Okra Parmigiana

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            A delicious southern take on Eggplant Parmigiana using okra instead of eggplant. Okra never tasted so good.

            6. Okra and Corn Maque Choux

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              A classic Cajun dish of sautéd fresh vegetables. FYI, Maque Choux is pronounced “mock shoe.”

              7. Shrimp, Andouille Sausage, and Okra Gumbo

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                This authentic shrimp, andouille, and okra gumbo recipe is simmered for hours and is like a true taste of New Orleans in your kitchen.

                8. “Gumbo-laya” Stew

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                  Full of zesty flavors, this “Gumbo-laya” Stew is the best of gumbo and jambalaya in one with spicy sausage, chicken, shrimp and okra over fragrant garlic rice.

                  9. Baked Popcorn Okra

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                    Okra tossed in chickpea flour batter, coated in spiced breadcrumbs and baked until crunchy crisp.

                    Do you have an appetite for okra after reading this article? Which recipe are you most excited to try?

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                    Last Updated on July 18, 2019

                    10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                    10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                    Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

                    Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

                    1. Make the Windows Your Own

                    When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

                    One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

                    2. Put up Some Art

                    If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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                    Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

                    3. Improve the Aroma

                    A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

                    Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

                    4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

                    A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

                    There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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                    5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

                    If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

                    Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

                    6. Improve Your Air Quality

                    One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

                    The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

                    7. Fill it with Plants

                    Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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                    They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

                    8. Change the Doorknobs

                    Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

                    Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

                    9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

                    There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

                    Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.

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                    10. Fresh Cut Flowers

                    You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

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