Okra, Corn and Tomato 'Caponata'


I've been eating okra since I was a wee one. When you grow up in the south, it's an every day vegetable that people eat. Now that I live in California, it’s funny to see peoples faces when you say, "want some okra?" A lot of my friends haven't even tried it before. Maybe they never had the opportunity. It's not exactly a vegetable that you see on restaurant menus unless it's been deep- fried and no longer resembles a green vegetable. But when cooked simply for minimal time, it's a rich source of fiber and vitamins A and C.
Okra is in season and started popping up at the farmers' market about 3 weeks ago. The first time I saw them I actually gasped with excitement, so fond are my childhood memories of it. When I came home I steamed up a batch for 4 minutes, let them cool and Kenya and I sat there and munched away. I was kind of shocked, but he loved them. He wasn't so keen on them whole, however, so I cut up each one into several pieces for him. My husband can't stand their somewhat sticky texture (which actually has thickening properties, perfect in a dish like this), but that's what I love about them, so to each his own. Mixed in this caponata, the okra is transformed into a salsa-like dish minus the spice.


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Okra, Corn and Tomato 'Caponata' (Makes 8 Toddler Servings)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 8 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 2 Tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp onion, chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 Cup Okra, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 Tsp Vegit (or Spike)


1. In a medium saute pan heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 2 minutes until clear and translucent (do not brown).
2. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
3. Add the vegetables and Vegit, saute 1 minute and cover.
4. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender.
5. Cool and serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.