Okra Recipes by Mrs Wellness Ambassador & Ceri

Zenxin Organic June’s recipe theme is Okra or Lady’s finger.Okra Field
This the first healthy recipe theme offered by our new Wellness Ambassador Mrs Singapore Planet 2015, Constance Lim. They were inspired by a visit to Zenxin Organic Park where she saw the fields of lady’s fingers, she found out they are very versatile, combine well with different herbs and spices and can be eaten raw.

The green tender pods grow very well in tropical or warm temperate regions and are thought to have originated in Africa. They still figure largely in West Africa and North-East African diets today, where they are known as ‘bamia’.

Lady’s Finger (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a member of the Mallow family Malvaceae, and the pods are a rich source of mucilage, a substance that helps soothe the gut and ease constipation. A high fibre content also helps stabilize blood sugar and absorption and they also contain Vit B9 (folate), Vit C and Vit K to support the immune system.

So they are a great addition to any diet, improving digestion, helping prevent diabetes and improving overall health. You might even like to try growing them at home as they grow quite well in containers! They like a well-drained manure-rich soil and take 45-60 days from seed to harvest. You can have a healthy ‘garden’ even in an urban environment!

Okra Recipe 1Recipe 1: Quinoa with Okra

You will need:
1 cup ‘Simply Natural’ Quinoa
2 cups of water
2 Zenxin Organic lady’s fingers (okra), cut into ½ cm thickness
½ cup organic cranberries
½ cup ‘Simply Natural’ pine nuts
Bunch of Zenxin Organic coriander (cilantro), roughly chopped
1/2 Zenxin Organic lemon
‘Simply Natural’ French sea salt
‘Simply Natural’ organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil

Method:
Cook 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of boiling water, add sea salt and coconut oil as desired.(This can also be cooked in the rice cooker.) Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. When water is almost fully absorbed, but quinoa still moist, turn off heat. Add okra to cook in residual heat. When almost cooled, add pine nuts and cranberries.
Juice ½ Zenxin Organic lemon and serve.

N.B. Okra can be eaten raw and is very delicate so needs very little heat to cook.

 

Recipe 2: Okra stuffed with minced chicken and rosemary

Okra Recipe 3Okra Recipe 2.2

Okra Recipe 2.3

 

 

 

 

 

You will need:

1 packet of Zenxin Organic lady’s fingers (okra)
300 g minced chicken
4 sprigs of Zenxin Organic fresh rosemary
‘Simply Natural’ French sea salt
‘Simply Natural’ cold pressed virgin organic coconut oil

Method:
Remove rosemary from stalk and chop. Add chopped rosemary and sea salt to minced chicken, mix well and set aside. Prepare the okra or lady’s fingers by cutting the top, slit down one side and remove seeds or leave seeds if you enjoy the crunch. Stuff minced chicken into okra. In a non-stick pan, add one tablespoon of coconut oil and pan sear the stuffed okra until chicken is golden brown. Serve okra on its own, with salsa sauce as shown or any sauce you like. It can also be added to a clear soup, it is that versatile.

 

Recipe 3: Okra wrapped with Ginger and Coriander Chicken

Okra Recipe 2 Okra Recipe 3.2

Okra Recipe 3.1

 

 

 

 

 

You will need:
1 packet of Zenxin Organic lady’s fingers (okra)
10 pieces of chicken fillets
1 knob (4-cm) of young ginger
1 big bunch of Zenxin Organic coriander (cilantro)
3 cloves of Zenxin Organic garlic
3 cloves of Zenxin Organic shallots
‘Simply Natural’ French sea salt
‘Simply Natural’ Cold-pressed virgin organic coconut oil
½ Zenxin Organic lemon
Toothpicks

Method:
Prepare okra by cutting off the top and slicing into half lengthways.
Lightly pound the chicken fillets to equal thinness for even cooking and set aside. Mince the young ginger, coriander, garlic and shallots in a food processor with sea salt and coconut oil as desired. Spread the paste mixture evenly onto the chicken fillets. Wrap chicken fillets around 2 to 4 pieces of sliced okra and secure with toothpicks. Pan sear wrapped okra until the chicken is golden brown. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and serve.