Three Simply Scrumptious Dishes

Sweet potato plantain pie, caramelized onions and okra, and roasted bodi.

After receiving my fresh order of veggies and greens from @farm2famtt , I was inspired to get cooking! I love the creativity boost I get each time my weekly veggies arrive. The possibilities are endless as to what you can create with whole foods. So for this post, I'm sharing some cooking methods for transforming simple ingredients and fresh veggies into delicious and healthy dishes. I promise you, these recipes are as easy as it gets! See below for these three easy-to-make recipes and step-by-step videos.

Fun Fact: This time I also wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try cooking with okra again. I'm usually not a fan of cooking okra, because i find it can be difficult to really get the perfect texture. I also really dislike its "slimy texture". So after some attempts at cooking okra and trying to incorprate more of it in my family meals, I finally found one recipe that I love.


Caremlized Onions & Okra


Ingredients


  • 1 Small Onion thinly sliced

  • 4 Pimentos small diced

  • 2 Cup Okra trimmed and sliced

  • 2 Garlic Cloves small chopped

  • 1 tsp Paprika

  • 1tsp Salt

  • 1 Tbl Coconut Oil


Method


  1. Place a fry pan or skillet on medium heat, then add coconut oil.

  2. Toss in the onions and saute until fragrant, then add the garlic, pimentos, paprika and salt. Stir and saute for a minute or less.

  3. Toss in the okra and stir and saute for a few minutes until the edges of the okra are golden brown and the onions are caramelized.

  4. Remove from heat and serve.


Sweet Potato Plantain Pie


Ingredients


  • 3 Plantains Medium Ripe

  • 5 Sweet Potatoes (small to medium sized)

  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (or 1-2 tsp cinnamon powder)

  • 3 Tbl Butter

  • 2 tsp Salt

  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts

  • 1- 2 Tbl Coconut Sugar or Brown Sugar


Method


  1. Leaving the plantains in their skin, cut off the ends and cut each plantain into halves or 3rds.

  2. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes and cut into medium sized cubes.

  3. Fill a deep pot with water and place on the stove on medium to medium- high heat.

  4. When the water begins to gently boil, add the sweet potato, plantain and cinnamon stick. Note: If you're using cinnamon powder, add it when it's time to mash the sweet potatoes and plantain.

  5. Cook until the sweet potatoes are tender. Note: the plantain cooks quicker but not to worry it can wait until the sweet potatoes are cooked all the way through.

  6. Remove from heat, strain and remove the plantain skins.

  7. Place the cooked sweet potatoes and plantain into a bowl, add the plant butter and salt and mash.

  8. Lightly grease a non stick baking dish and add the mashed sweet potatoes and plantain. Spread evenly and sprinkle on the chopped walnuts and coconut sugar.

  9. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  10. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes.



Roasted Bodi with Coconut & Almonds


Ingredients


  • 3 Cups Bodi or String beans trimmed and chopped into 1 inch pieces.

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk

  • 3 Garlic Cloves diced or minced

  • 2 tsp Salt

  • 2 Tbl Nutritional Yeast

  • 1 tsp Paprika

  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder

  • 2-3 Tbl Slivered Almonds or chopped whole almonds


Method


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Using a lightly oiled cast iron skillet (or a baking dish), add the bodi and all other ingredients.

  3. Mix to combine all the ingredients until the bodi is properly coated.

  4. Smoothen and even out the top and top with slivered almonds.

  5. Bake for approximately 30 minutes until slightly golden brown on the top and the bodi is tender.

  6. Remove from the oven and serve.



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