Meatless Friday with CRS: Bamia (Okra Stew)


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This Lent, is once again privileged to partner with CRS Rice Bowl by sharing the CRS Rice Bowl featured recipes on each Lenten Friday. Why not try these simple recipes in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world?

Don’t forget to place the money you saved by serving a meatless meal into your CRS Rice Bowl! Those funds help feed the hungry around the world and in your own community. If you don’t have a CRS Rice Bowl program in your own parish, click here to find out how to donate.

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Bamia (Okra Stew) from Uganda

Makes 4-6 servings

  • 2 T fair trade olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 16 oz bag frozen cut okra
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 t ground cumin
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • ½ t ground allspice
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 c vegetable stock

Heat olive oil in large pot. Sauté onions until brown. Add okra, garlic and spices. Once okra is lightly browned, add tomatoes and vegetable stock. Simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until okra is soft and stew thickens.

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