I used some of my leftover Thanksgiving turkey in this. I would prefer to start with raw meat for better flavor, so when faced with a choice, go with uncooked meat. The ingredients might make this look like it takes forever to prepare but it really does go together quick! Feel free to substitute on the meat and veggies. You won't need to cook the alternate veggie as long as the okra, unless it is something that takes longer to cook, like celery.
I like to use multicolored heirloom carrots in this when they are available. But common orange carrots work just fine. Pearl onions can be substitute for the cipolline onions, or you may chop other onions into small chunks.
Use fresh cooking apples for this for best results. Some examples are Cameo, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonathans, Gravensteins, etc. I like to use a mixture for more balanced flavor. You can add sweeteners and spices of your choice to this, but taste it first. The cider does add some sweetness and some apple varieties are more naturally sweet. TNT
Makes a nice salad, real fast! I like to use almonds when I am avoiding bread. Purchased flavored toasted almonds do fine. Croutons are best home made (brush bread cubes with garlic butter and bake until crisp/dry). I buy anchovy paste in the tube since it keeps a little longer than canned.