O2 Fitness Food of the Week: Okra

It’s National Okra Month!  Okra is high in fiber, vitamin C, and folate. It is also known for being high in antioxidants and is a good source of calcium and potassium.  Try this southern Louisiana dish, Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux, for a great summer recipe!

Okra and Corn Maque Choux

Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux

Use fresh corn and okra for best results. If you don’t like spicy food you can easily sub the hot sausage for a milder version to fit your taste or substitute with turkey smoked sausage for a healthier option.


  • ¼ pound spicy smoked sausage, diced
  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 cup sliced fresh okra
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced tomato (½ lb.)Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Sauté sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until browned.
  • Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Add corn, okra, and tomato; cook, stirring often, 10 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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