Let me preface this recipe with saying that I have never made okra before. The only okra I’ve ever eaten in my life was cut up and fried.
We went to the Farmer’s Market yesterday and they were selling okra and for some crazy out of this world reason I thought “TRY SOMETHING NEW!”. So I did.
I bought the okra.
Of course, I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Seriously. No idea. I actually figured they would probably go bad before I used them, but hey, at least I tried. This morning as I was getting all my ingredients together to make a recipe my dear friend Ashley told me about that included onions I realized the worst thing that could ever happen in my kitchen happened: I had run out of onions.
This is traumatic because I LOVE onions…and because my lack of onions was about to ruin my “Crockpot Thursday” plan. So I used my creative juices (look mommy, they still work!) and used okra instead. And it worked!
Honestly, I was really scared my kids, and my hubs, were going to hate dinner and I was going to have to shove okra down their throats (which would have been grossly messy). But, OH MY GOODNESS THEY LOVED IT! I’m just as shocked as you are (please tell me you’re shocked)!
So run (don’t walk people), run to your local farmer’s market and get yourself some OKRA!!! Your kids will thank you. And then you can thank me.
Here’s what you need:
2 extra large handfuls of Okra
30 button mushrooms
4 tbsp minced garlic
Family pack of chicken thighs- remove skin (you can substitute with chicken breasts, drumsticks or pork chops)
1 jar marinara sauce or large can of tomato sauce
3 tbsp herbs de provence
a dash of sea salt and pepper
Here’s what you do:
1. Place chicken thighs at bottom of crockpot. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Cut the tops off the okra and put them in the crockpot.
3. Sprinkle the okra with garlic.
4. Throw the mushrooms on top of the okra.
5. Pour your favorite clean marinara sauce on everything. If you can’t find one a large can of tomato sauce (minus the citric acid) works great too.
5. Sprinkle the herbs de provence on top.
6. And you’re done! Put the crockpot on low for 8 hours or high for 4.
I came home today (Thursday- my craziest, busiest day of the week) to a warm… comforting… herb-y… put a smile on my face… wonderful… fill the whole house smell… that made my crazy-busy day… get a little easier.
I highly recommend it.
From our Whole Family to yours….