Okra stew (vegan), from Taste of Beirut
Joumana of Taste of Beirut promises that this vegan okra stew is not the least little bit slimy, so if that's been your objection to okra in the past, you can feel confident that this stew is for you. Start with frozen okra, a convenience product found at Middle Eastern markets, and homemade or store-bought tomato sauce. Add traditional Lebanese flavors -- allspice, lemon, garlic. I might even toss in a pinch of cinnamon. Serve the stew over couscous or rice, or scooped up with wedges of pita bread. It's great for a Meatless Monday main dish.