Here in the south, we love okra! I think of it as a southern food, generally fried. The hubby and I were in Tennessee for Labor Day weekend and we stopped at a little BBQ restaurant on our way back. When I think of a BBQ joint - I think obviously pulled pork, plus all the fix in's: hushpuppies, fries, slaw, baked beans, mac & cheese, and so on. One of the first things I noticed on the menu - NO fries, NO hushpuppies. How odd! However, I did smell the delicious aroma of a wood burning grill. It turns out - this place doesn't have any fryers, but all the veggie sides are instead grilled! There it was on the menu - grilled okra. I'd never heard of such a thing! The man behind the counter promised me I'd love it and boy, was he right! I've been craving it ever since, so tonight I decided to give it a try. 

To serve 4 as a side dish, you will need:

1 pound of okra pods
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
Cut off the stems, and toss with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat a grill pan over medium high heat. 
Once the grill pan is heated, lay the okra out on the grill pan evenly. Cook, turning after 2-3 minutes, until softened, and you see nice grill marks. 
Plate the babies up and enjoy! They are crunchy yet soft, and so delicious. Add this healthy side dish to your meal tonight!