Grilled Okra & Hot Peppers

Grilled Okra & Hot Peppers

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2014

The fire of the grill creates a tender texture while infusing the okra with subtle heat in this easy okra recipe. You can adjust the level of spiciness in this side dish by choosing chiles that are either tame, incendiary or anywhere in between.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound okra, stem ends trimmed
  • 2 fresh chile peppers, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

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  1. Place a grill basket on the grill and preheat on high for 10 minutes. (Or position oven rack 5 inches from heat source; preheat broiler to high.)
  2. Combine okra, peppers, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to the grill basket (or to a rimmed baking sheet).
  3. Grill (or broil) until the okra is bright green and just tender, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Equipment: Grill basket
  • DIY grill basket: It’s best to use a grill basket when grilling small ingredients so they don’t fall into the fire. If you don’t have one, fold a 24-inch-long piece of heavy-duty foil in half and crimp up the edges to create a lip; this “basket” will prevent the food from sliding off the grates.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 71 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 70 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 888 IU vitamin A; 34 mg vitamin C; 95 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 299 mg sodium; 358 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (57% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, ½ fat

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