Children eating an okra salsa in Cherokee County School District cafeterias this month have been enjoying a recipe from a local parent.

Brittany Dean, who has children at Macedonia Elementary School and Creekland Middle School, is the winner of CCSD’s third annual Parent Recipe Contest with her “Southern Okra Corn Salsa,” the school district announced Tuesday.

Dean won a $100 gift card from contest sponsor Credit Union of Georgia, and her recipe has been featured on school lunch menus during October. The recipe contest, which highlights a different vegetable each year in honor of Farm to School Month, drew two dozen entries this year with its “Livin La Vida Okra” theme.

The recipe:

♦ 1 can of corn, drained

♦ 1 can of Rotel tomatoes w/ chilis

♦ 1 lb sliced okra, fresh or frozen

♦ 1/2 tsp of salt

♦ 1/4 cup of lime juice

♦ 1 tsp olive oil

♦ Cilantro to taste

♦ Tortilla chips

Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add tomatoes and okra to pan and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add corn and turn heat to low and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add lime juice and cilantro. Mix well. Serve with tortilla chips.

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