By flipmom Latest Reply 2012-09-27 22:04:31 -0500
Started 2012-08-26 21:25:13 -0500

I love okra! Who knew that it could be more beneficial for diabetics than I thought!

65 replies

Type1Lou 2012-09-07 16:58:48 -0500 Report

Just a heads-up that I've posted my recipe for "Shreveport Gumbo"…without the rice it has 15 to 16 grams of carb per 1 1/2 cup serving. Right now, I can get fresh okra in the stores…when I can't get the fresh, I'll use the frozen.

Lambgirl 2012-09-05 11:14:56 -0500 Report

I still eat fried okra just a small order of it. but, i love okra and tomato over brown rice .

Ms. DAT 2012-09-05 15:51:17 -0500 Report

Now I am going to have to prepare okra and tomato over brown rice for my family who loves this combination real soon.

Ms. DAT 2012-09-06 14:32:32 -0500 Report

I did prepare okra and tomato with rice and Carne Asada. No I didn't eat none of the okra/tomatoes but I heard it taste real good and now the rest is for lunch today. Just keepin' it real!

Type1Lou 2012-09-01 14:33:33 -0500 Report

I make a killer Gumbo and forgo the rice in my bowl. 1 1/2 cups of my gumbo without the rice is around 16 grams of carb. I'll vary the protein from shrimp to chicken and always put in a bit of sausage. Okra, of course, is an essential ingredient. When I can't get the fresh okra, I buy a bag of frozen okra. Yummmm! (I do stay away from anything deep-fried…too many carbs.)

flipmom 2012-09-05 17:15:48 -0500 Report

thats sounds yummy.. care to share your recipe?

Type1Lou 2012-09-06 17:07:59 -0500 Report

I got my recipe and adapted it for me from a Pillsbury paperback cookbook called "Hearty Soups and Breads". I bought it years ago when it was displayed in the supermarket checkout line. When I get a chance, I'll post it in the recipe section here. Thanks for the interest.

Ms. DAT 2012-09-04 19:22:37 -0500 Report

I can't stand the taste because when I was a child my Godmother forced me to eat one long and one short one at the dinner table, I would get to gagging, drinking water til I was full and couldn't eat the rest of my food, so I would whipped . I suppose for gagging at the table but I couldn't help it with all that slim!!! lol!!!

Type1Lou 2012-09-05 08:00:58 -0500 Report

My Mom never forced me to eat what I didn't want to…I guess I was lucky that way. (My cousins said I was spoiled.) I never ate okra until I was an adult since it wasn't part of my cultural cuisine but am willing to try lots of different foods now…some I like, some I don't (can't stand Lima beans and lentils). The world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things!

Ms. DAT 2012-09-05 15:39:24 -0500 Report

Now if I can't see the okra and mistake it for green beans in a mixture of food such as gumbo or a goood pot stew, but don't tell me it is okra!!! When I got older my Godmother cooked a good pot of stew and offered it to me and I ate two bowls because it was show nuff good. After I finished eating and brief conversation, she said. "don't ever say what you won't eat again, laughing. I must admit I looked for the okra but couldn't distinguish between the green beans!!!! In my young days, you had to eat what was prepared or you went to bed hungry because there was no side dishes of choice!!!!
I do like Lima beans, by the way I am looking forward to cooking Lima beans with smoked turkey( I prefer neck bones) with fresh garlic, red wine vinegar, parsley over rice(brown)(corn bread preferred). Now this is not the Southern way of cooking Lima beans, this is the healthier way that I've learned how to prepare beans which is finger licking good!
Our Family/ social environments influence much of the way we eat.

Type1Lou 2012-09-06 17:22:59 -0500 Report

You are SO right! One of my favorite foods is "Boudin" which is a French-Canadian blood sausage. I can't find it here in Florida which suits my husband just fine. He would get grossed out whenever I ate it. Given a choice between Boudin and steak, I would pick Boudin. Boudin was another food that I wouldn't touch as a child and wasn't forced to eat. I love it now!

Ms. DAT 2012-09-06 19:23:52 -0500 Report

Hi I know what you mean,mine doesn't eat Lima beans either but I am still going to get those beans togetha real soon. I haven't heard of that type of sausage either-Boudin .
I did prepare okra/tomatoes for dinner last night that I let my family enjoy alone!!!

flipmom 2012-09-05 17:18:35 -0500 Report

i agree with you.. i prolly wont eat okra if I had just discovered it due to the complained of it being slimey.. LOL

GabbyPA 2012-08-29 10:54:09 -0500 Report

I can only tolerate it in gumbo and I have liked it pickled. I tried to grow it in my garden, but since I really don't like it, it was kind of a waste of space for me. I gave them to my friends who like it a lot.

I have heard it is very good for us, but the slime of it is just a huge turn off for me.

Dev 2012-08-29 09:46:49 -0500 Report

A friend of my husband used to soak okra in water overnight and drink that water in the morning. He said that was to control BS. My husband tried it once but the water gets so slimy that he refused to do it everyday even for a week as an experiment. But I thought somebody might want to try and tell if it works.

I thought it was just old wives tales but looks like okra does have some benefits for diabetes

pixsidust 2012-08-29 16:00:33 -0500 Report

No thanks on that! Don't want to be a guinea pig drinking slimy water to tell you if it works. How about you try it and tell us if it works!
We might have to just wonder about it a long time! :-) LOL

Nana_anna 2012-08-28 13:51:53 -0500 Report

I like it fried, other wise I don't eat eat. I can't have fried foods right now. So I am not missing anything. Only the good vitamins though I know.

flipmom 2012-08-28 15:28:37 -0500 Report

i used to love it fried dip in batter and stuffed with cheese… too bad cant eat those kind of food nowadays…

doggier 2012-08-28 01:07:07 -0500 Report

I would to hear how u made that gumbo soup!

flipmom 2012-08-28 15:25:46 -0500 Report

oh its really easy since i dont measure.. LOL!!
sautee (all cut up)onions, garlic, tomatoes,green and red peppers, add cut up boneless skinless chicken breast,stir… add a cup or two of chicken broth, salt and pepper. hot sauce depending on your taste and bay leaf simmer for 10 minutes or so… add cut up okra and pelled shrimp… simmer till done… walla! my gumbo soup!! serve with brown rice or whole wheat roll if you must. LOL
(i dont think this recipe is really a gumbo recipe but close! LOL)

Tony5657 2012-08-30 08:22:15 -0500 Report

Flipmom, Darn you're making me hungry! Next time you fix this soup, call me! :o) Thanks for your recipe. It's a little different from my wife's so I'll print this and show it to her, OR maybe I'll venture out and make it myself. We have some bay leaf & I never knew what to do with it, until now. Ya can't smoke it! (In the 60s we smoked everything - even grape vine, cedar bark and some "other" things)

You replied to one of my earlier postings about tough okra (when it gets old … like me LOL). Yes, it gets stringy, tough and woody, BUT you can give it to your kids so they can use it to have okra fights! Tough okra makes great projectiles! LOL

With me, coming from far south TX where we grew things all year long, we had such an abundance of fresh veggies & fruits most all year (and a few illegal thingys - crops). So, … we used some of our extra "produce" to have fruit & veggie fights, OR fruitings & vegwars. Ahhh, the things we did to entertain ourselves. What we didn't eat, we fought with. Have fun with your fruit & veggies was our motto. Sorry for this entirely worthless posting…Tony in TX

pixsidust 2012-08-28 00:32:48 -0500 Report

I like Okra. I was raised eating it in gumbo soup. It was delish and fried isn't too shabby either but these are the only ways I have eaten it.

flipmom 2012-08-28 00:41:02 -0500 Report

i have a pilipino dish that we sauteed onions, garlic, tomatoes. eggplants. bitter melons and okra… delish…

herigoagain1 2012-08-27 20:01:04 -0500 Report

When I was a kid my family grew it in our garden. I remember if you looked at it today and it was about 4 inches long then tomorrow it would be 8 inches long. That stuff grows like a weed and that is what i thought it tasted like too. Sorry guys but my vote is "no way".

Tony5657 2012-08-27 16:52:40 -0500 Report

I LOVE okra. Like it raw, pickled or boiled. You're making me hungry> I didn't know it was that good for us diabetics or pre-diabetics. Thanks for that info. Being from the south okra is everywhere. Just don't buy it if it's hard which means it old and it will be stringy.

Nick1962 2012-08-27 10:58:11 -0500 Report

The only way I’ll eat that (insert expletive here) is deep fried. Otherwise, given the choice of okra or raw oysters, well pass me a shucking knife and the hot sauce.

VanessaZ 2012-08-28 12:17:26 -0500 Report

I'm so with you on this one! The person who wrote the article might love the texture/taste of okra, like other readers here… the logic is "just like other vegetables… for being low in calories" is not enough for me to eat okra :)

flipmom 2012-08-28 15:05:46 -0500 Report

i grew up with this veggie.. so i think thats the logic of why I like it… i grew up in a country that fruit and veggies are everywhere and okra is one of our local veggies… I came from a poor family so, very little meat mixed with our veggies except fish.. we have abundance of those… and thats why I love fish too!! LOL!

Nick1962 2012-08-28 14:56:14 -0500 Report

Yup, there is scant little I won't eat, but it would have to have magical healing powers before I touch it.
Oh, hey I just noticed you're new here. Welcome to the party!

flipmom 2012-08-28 15:10:12 -0500 Report

LOL!! I cant think of any veggies I dont like… only one fruit I really hate.. its DURIAN … OMG!! Its grown locally in our country and lots of people love it!

Nick1962 2012-08-28 15:28:25 -0500 Report

Is that the smelly spikey thing? I came across it once in culinary school but never tried it. Had a little too much "cheer" the night before that class and didn't think my classmates wanted to see my insides.

flipmom 2012-08-28 15:31:15 -0500 Report

yes! smelled like garbage!! some people say it smell like cheese, i say not! they say if you overcome the smell, you will love the taste… it taste like garbage to me too!! LOL!!

Nick1962 2012-08-28 15:38:05 -0500 Report

Yup, then that's what caused me to quit drinking sloe gin.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-27 11:08:26 -0500 Report

Nick, I can't wrap my brain around putting oysters or clams in my mouth and we have oysterman here who try to make a living off of oystering. My dad loved them and mom would make him oyster fritters. Several years ago, my cousin went over to our Eastern Shore and got a half bushel fresh off the boat and had a Raw Oyster Bar for Thanksgiving. He made oyster stew with the leftovers. Another Green Yuk Face for me.

flipmom 2012-08-27 16:20:57 -0500 Report

I cant eat raw oysters either but grilled oysters are yummy with butter and and seasoned bread crumbs.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-27 10:50:49 -0500 Report

I can't draw a green yuk face. I had it once and it had a slimy film on it. My mom use to put it in stewed tomatoes. I tried it still didn't like it and picked it out. She is the only person I knew who knew how to cook it so that it didn't have that film on it.

doggier 2012-08-27 01:19:51 -0500 Report

I like the stuff. Before my dad became a diabetic it used to eat it raw with a little sugar, salt, and peper and it. After that we start putting equal on it. He was a good ole country boy!!!!!

jayabee52 2012-08-27 00:17:05 -0500 Report

i don't ever remember having Okra. (before I read the article I was under the impression that you referred to killer whale meat [Orca] )

After reading the article, I think I'm gonna be looking for it to try something new. Thanks for sharing.

It would be nice if I could find recipes on how to prepare it.


flipmom 2012-08-27 01:43:48 -0500 Report

Just another FAILED POST I made hoping no one would notice the typeO!! HAHAAAA!!! I LOVE OKRA!!!

tabby9146 2012-08-26 23:06:24 -0500 Report

I love it fried and boiled, love it cooked in butter beans, fresh purple hull peas! Of course, I don't eat as much fried as I used to and not as often.

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