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About That Spicy Okra…

It’s April 1st! Yay! I can bid farewell to the month that always makes me depressed but this year seemed to really kick me in the butt. March of 2015 now ranks up there with the crappiest of all Marches in my life.

(What? You don’t rank your crappy Marches? You should!)

The kids are playing Spring soccer this year instead of softball/baseball – and last night Wes and I kicked the ball, played in the drainage pipes, and laid in the grass while waiting for Nikki’s practice to end. It was lovely. It’s so nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors without a coat, or 14 million curse words about the heat and humidity. Spring lasts about 1-2 weeks here in Alabama, then we usually get one more surge of winter (which hopefully was this past weekend) then we get 1-2 more weeks before the impossible heat and humidity of summer settles in.

Remember how I talked about the spicy okra yesterday? Well here it is today! This is another “recipe” to file under the Lazy Herbivore category in your pinterest board. I have to put “recipe” in quotes because it’s not a perfect formula and I’m too lazy to try to make it one. I’m telling you approximately what I did and how it tasted and you can take it and do with it what you please! (I need to write an official Lazy Herbivore Disclaimer to use when I post “recipes” around here.)

So! I took the following ingredients and dumped them in a crock pot on high. This cooks a crap load of food. You could probably cut it in half for a 4+ person meal but I like leftovers.


  • 1 32oz carton of vegetable broth
  • 4 cans of drained black eyed peas
  • 3 cans of Rotel (I used 1 hot, 2 original…I think 3 original might have been too bland.)
  • 1 16oz bag of frozen okra

I also sautéed one green bell pepper and half of a white onion in some olive oil for awhile and dumped those in. It’s probably not necessary it just makes me feel less lazy if I do something like that on top of the intense can opening and bag cutting.

I cooked that on high for 4+ hours and then I cooked some white rice to serve it over.

NOW! I ended up adding the leftover rice in with the rest of the pot and the rice (about 2 cups uncooked) soaked up all of the deliciousness so now my leftovers are more like gumbo which…BONUS! Is also delicious! It’s like two different meals! It’s lovely!

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