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


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


Chocolate Cheesecake

Honeyed Mangoes

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Spice Baked Bananas

Sweet Pumpkin Polenta

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