Okra — it’s one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables on the planet. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most hated vegetables out there. All you have to do is fire up your favorite search engine and look for listings of vegetables that are loathed by many — it’s for certain that majority of those lists will include okra.

If you are a health-conscious individual and you want to take advantage of the many, many health perks that okra brings but you simply cannot imagine the fact that you have to put it in your mouth, continue reading. Below you will learn how to whip up crunchy baked okra with the help of a super easy recipe.

But before we take a look at the said recipe, let’s first check out some of the reasons why eating okra is a must:

It helps improve the process of digestion 

It promotes regular movement of the bowels due to its fiber 

It also helps put an end to diarrhea 

It lowers bad cholesterol in the blood 

It regulates the release of sugar into the bloodstream, too 

It keeps high blood pressure in check as it has potassium 

It helps keep the eyes healthy because of its vitamin A 

It also strengthens the immune system courtesy of its vitamin C 

It helps keep skin healthy and looking youthful

Evidently, okra is a really healthy vegetable, and that is why it is kind of a bummer that it’s one of the most hated veggies out there — and a lot of people are missing out on the numerous benefits it brings.

You can turn things around by serving okra in an entirely different way other than the usual steamed, boiled, sautéed or stir fired. And one very interesting way to do so is by turning it into something crunchy that can save your mouth from having to experience the gooey interiors the vegetable possesses!

So if you are excited to welcome okra into your life and finally take advantage of the amazing perks that it can offer, read on. Here’s the easy recipe for making healthy and delicious crunchy baked okra:

Ingredients:

1/2 kilograms (1 pound) of okra 

1 large-sized egg 

1 1/2 cups of yellow cornmeal 

1/2 cup of buttermilk (fat-free) 

3/4 teaspoon of sea salt 

1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper 

1/4 teaspoon of ground red pepper

Directions:

-Get your oven preheated to 230°C — that’s equivalent to 450°F. 

-Wash okra under running water thoroughly and shake off water. Chop off the tops and ends. 

-Chop okra into small slices, each one measuring about 3/4 of an inch. 

-Grab a shallow dish and combine yellow cornmeal, sea salt, ground black pepper and red pepper, and then mix. 

-In a mixing bowl, lightly beat egg. Stir in fat-free buttermilk. Mix the ingredients using a whisk. 

-Whisk in okra slices and allow them to stay there for a couple of minutes. 

-Transfer okra slices into the cornmeal mixture. Stir to make sure that they’re coated. 

-Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking oil and neatly arrange okra slices on it. 

-Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Halfway, flip over the okra slices for even cooking. 

-Transfer the baking sheet on a wire rack to let those crunchy baked okra cool for a while. 

-Transfer to a plate and then serve.

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