Honoring Black History Month

Food is one those amazing things that brings people together; defines an era; epitomizes culture and tradition. In honor of Black History Month, we want to pay tribute to some of the great African-American leaders and the rich, delicious food traditions by sharing some classic dishes, with a health twist.

Contemporary African-American cuisine, known as soul food, originated from the recipes of the slavery era and adapted as African-Americans plights’ changed. Whip up a delicious menu to round out a Black History Month celebration.

From: Black History Month Food . Read more on the history of Soul Food and its origins here.

Long considered the anti-diet cuisine, soul food is back on the menu for the health-conscious! With this menu of lower-fat and -calorie Southern recipes, you can enjoy the savory comforts of crispy crab cakes, creamy grits, and tangy collard greens without blasting past your recommended daily-calorie goal.

Citrus Collards with Raisins Redux

Sweet, earthy, and citrusy, this vegetarian side dish proves that not all greens have to taste like they’re good for you (even if they are).

Gullah Seasoning

Gullah is the name for the African-American cuisine and culture of the Carolina Low Country — the region in and around Charleston and the coastal islands. Traditional Gullah cooking uses a special spice blend, similar to Cajun seasoning. It can also be used to season meat, fish, or omelets.

Barbecued Shrimp

Experience the rich culinary tradition of the Carolina Low Country with this easy and flavorful shrimp dish made with a quick-simmered homemade barbecue sauce.

Fried Okra

For a taste of the Carolina Low Country, try this savory side of fried okra.

Geechigirl Crab Cakes

Paired with some local greens, these lightly seared crab cakes make a healthy and soulful meal.

Savory Triple-Corn Grits

Delicious and healthy, this vegan side dish, topped with sautéed fresh corn and onions, is perfect for your next Southern-style brunch or barbecue.


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