Healthy Recipes to Cook for Kwanzaa

Most of us know that Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States between Christmas and New Years to honor African-American heritage and culture. For most Americans, there is practically no such thing as a celebration without food, so we pulled together some of our favorite recipes for Kwanzaa.

Although Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday, created in 1966, the foods used to celebrate it are based on old traditions. According to Donna Mintz, a New York City-based personal chef, savory stews and jerk-seasoned meat are excellent additions to your Kwanzaa menu.

Soups and Stews:

Carrot Potato Soup

Home-style Chicken Stew

Garlic Potato Soup

Lima Bean Chowder

Spicy Bean Soup

Fish, Meat and Poultry:

Baked Fish Fillets

Creamy Chicken and Rice

Peppered Salmon Steaks

Oven Fried Chicken

Skinny Steak Sandwich


Vegetables:

Braised Collard Greens with Red Wine

Cauliflower Crunch

Pepper-Steamed Kale

Quick & Healthy Black Eyed Peas

Roasted Acorn Squash with Pomegranate & Arugula

Bread and Rolls:

Black Pepper Bread

Blueberry Scones

Buttermilk Biscuits

Cinnamon Pecan Muffins

Orange Streusel Muffins

Dessert:

Chocolate Cheesecake

Honeyed Mangoes

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Spice Baked Bananas

Sweet Pumpkin Polenta

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