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Monday, September 2, 2013

MoFo 2013, day 2: Farmer's Market Okra, Squash, Tomatoes and Eggplant

I went a little overboard for Day 1.


But who can resist when the colors are this pretty? A pint of okra, pint of heirloom tomatoes, yellow squash, and an eggplant. $8.50 total.
This was my first time buying and making my own okra! I've only ever eaten it maybe once or twice before so I wasn't totally sure what to do with it, but you can't go wrong with roasting. Even in the still-late-summer heat.


Everything tossed with coconut oil, cayenne pepper, salt, and oregano. Cooked in a 300* oven for about 25 mintues. I threw the tomatoes in at the very end. The only problem with roasting vegetables is that you smell the damn thing the entire time it's cooking so that when it's finally finished, you are ravenous and wolf it down without taking a photo. I didn't even add a sauce to it, or try to make a complete meal with a grain or a green or anything. So there's that.
Alternate use, and more appropriate for the weather is salad.


Raw kale, squash, tomatoes, and tofu. Simple, simple prep to highlight the freshness of the produce.

23 comments:

  1. Well you've already accomplished your mission! What an absolutely gorgeous farmer's market haul! I've never had okra before because I've heard unfavorable reviews of "slimy" insides but I bet it would be great roasted. Roasting veggies always yields a super flavorful outcome. SImple preparations of fresh produce is always the best :)

    I'm jealous of how little you spent on this amazing produce! I feel like I'm always paying a lot at my farmer's market. I need to fix this :)

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    1. Haha, cool, so I can stop now? I'll just refer people to yr comment when I reach moFo burnout. Roasted okra would probably be great with the roasted cauliflower you make.
      Funny, I feel like I spent more than I wanted to at the market but I'm interested to hear how much other people spend.

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  2. So.... how was the okra? It's not common in Australia so I've only made it once, and yep, I didn't know about the slime factor and it weirded me out.

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    1. I like the slime factor. I've also had it pickled, as a garnish on a Bloody mary and that was fantastic.

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  3. How gorgeous are those veggies! I've tried okra, and couldn't find much love for it. Perhaps I should give it a go in the oven sometime. Any sauce on your salad?

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    1. I actually poured a little salsa verde on top, but the kale was already dressed in olive oil and apple cider vinegar so I didn't want to add too much.

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  4. Looks so beautiful. Your farmers market prices are a lot more reasonable than ours. Tomatoes sell for $5/lb and I refused to buy cauliflower for $5/lb. Finally found the cauli for $2/lb. Even the cukes were $2 each at some stands. Yikes!

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    1. Really? I'm surprised to hear that the cost is higher for you! I just figured everything was expensive in NY. That's part of the reason I want to put the prices in - to compare around the States. Cauliflower prices ARE out of control, though.

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  5. Happy VeganMoFo 2! Hehe! Wow, these are pretty interesting vegetables - okras and heirloom tomatoes! Went shopping today in Valencia and I have all of them except for okras and eggplants! These look perfect for pizza toppings! I thought it was BeyondMeat chicken-free chunks, but it was tofu ;)

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    1. I like those Beyond meat chunks, but I've never thought to buy them for myself. I bet they'd be good too.

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  6. I love okra but I've never made it myself! I need to get on that!

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    1. There's a first time for everything.

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  7. Awesome farmers market haul! And, yup, roasted okra is kinda just the best! I hope some of the farmers around here have some soon. This weather has been the pits for veggies though.

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    1. Bummer! It's so difficult when we realize we actually have to depend on the weather and soil and not a company producing the food.

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  8. I never know what to do with okra, so I just don't cook it--however! If it's good roasted, I will be all over that in the future. And what isn't good roasted?

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    1. Everything is good roasted! But I even like the sliminess of okra. I just don't know how to prepare it like that.

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  9. If you find yourself with more okra, try "Okra with Onions" from The Indian Vegan Kitchen (p. 110).

    Incidentally, I just got an impressive farmstand haul for peanuts. Might have to have another ff-inspired post!

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    1. That sounds delicious! I saw more okra today - I should probably look the recipe up.

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  10. OKRA, I have been dreaming about it. Or more accurately, seeing it look all pretty in stores and then not buying it (what the hell, self?). Awesome haul!

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  11. I can't get enough of okra. Anyone who tells you it's too slimy deserves a clip around the ear. I seem to remember a good crispy okra recipe knocking around - maybe from Vegan Soul Kitchen?

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  12. That is a lot of gorgeous produce. Bet you felt good after that meal.

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