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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2024

Doctor King's Vision for Food Security...

Growing up as a Southern Baptist African American in rural Arkansas, we were taught about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his plight to give African Americans equal rights in America. Even in school, that seems to be what they teach, that he was a Baptist minister who wanted more for his race. 

With time, I have learned to do my own research. Going on this journey of self-discovery and my passion for all things food-related, I realized that food equity has been a constant theme for History trailblazers. It was something that Dr. King championed as well, he was quoted saying, ;

" I dare to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education, and culture for their minds and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirit."- Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. on food equity

Martin Luther King Day is the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., January 15th. It is a federal holiday in the United States observed on the third Monday of January each year.

Doctor King's nonviolent activism wasn't just about racial discrimination or the economic plight of black Americans. Doctor King believed ALL people (all races and cultures) should have equal opportunities in life. Dr. King ultimately gave his life to advance racial, and economic injustice, as well as Food security for millions of Americans. Let us continue to do his work.

This Nutty Okra Recipe Is a wonderful tribute to Dr. King. I hope you and your family enjoy it !

 Happy eating and many blessings!

Nutty Okra Recipe


*Chef's Tip: Pulse the peanuts in a food processor instead of chopping

  • 1 lb. of fresh okra cut into 1/2 inch pieces or 1 (16 oz.) bag of frozen cut Okra, thawed.

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten

  • 1 Cup all-purpose baking mix

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped salted dry-roasted peanuts

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • Peanut oil

Cooking Directions

  1. Toss Okra with salt, and let stand 20 minutes.

  2. Add egg white, stirring to coat.

  3. Stir together baking mix, peanuts, and pepper in a large bowl.

  4. Add Okra, tossing to coat; gently press peanut mixture onto Okra.

  5. Shake off excess.

  6. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches in a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet. 

  7. Heat oil to 375F.

  8. Fry okra, in batches, (about 2-4 minutes ) until golden.

  9. Drain on paper towels.

  10. Serve

Serving: 4

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