Kwanzaa starts on December 26th and lasts the whole week! To help you plan what to make during this celebration, we put together a list of 15 different recipes to try out using the Food Monster App. Check out these plant-based options for everything from cornbread, to African stews, to collard greens! These meals are simple, plant-based, and so delicious!
1. West African Peanut Stew
West African Peanut Stew
If you’re the kind of person who loves to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter out of the jar, then you’ll enjoy this recipe. Nicole Fraser‘s West African Peanut Stew recipe is healthy, cheap, and incredibly delicious.
2. Spicy West African Chickpea and Kale Curry
Spicy West African Chickpea and Kale Curry
Loaded with some potatoes, kale, and spice to boot. There is something very fulfilling about a meal you can whip up in 30 minutes and get the family happily fed in little to no time. This Spicy West African Chickpea and Kale Curry by Elsie Kriz is nutritious, delicious, and probably the best leftovers for your next day soup and sandwich brunch.
3. Cajun Tofu With Creamy Grits and Collard Greens
Cajun Tofu With Creamy Grits and Collard Greens
This Cajun Tofu With Creamy Grits and Collard Greens by Lauren Hartmann recipe gives you three incredible dishes that form one epic meal. The tofu is marinated in a spicy, tangy, homemade Cajun spice mix and served with rich, creamy grits and garlicky greens. This meal will be a hit whenever you put it on the table.
4. Easy Cajun Jambalaya
Easy Cajun Jambalaya
Loaded with tomatoes, celery, onion, cajun seasoning, paprika, thyme, sweet peppers and jalapeños, this Easy Cajun Jambalaya by Crazy Vegan Kitchen is the perfect one pot meal. Since most cajun jambalaya recipes call for a medley of meat products, this jambalaya has vegan sausages instead, just to add a little heartiness and umami to the dish. Feel free to substitute those for vegetables or leave them out though if you’d like the recipe to be gluten-free.
5. Jollof Rice: West African Rice With Harissa and Baharat
West African Rice With Harissa and Baharat
Jollof rice is a beloved West African dish; delightful and delicious and a favorite at gatherings and celebrations! This particular recipe has roasted bell peppers, which add a succulent depth and sweetness to the base sauce. It also has harissa, a spicy chili paste and baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend, both of which add warmth, zing and that touch of smokiness. Serve this Jollof Rice: West African Rice With Harissa and Baharat by Elsa Brobbey, one-pot dish, with a side of sweet plantains or your favorite veggies.
6. Sweet Potato and Sage Corn Muffins
Sweet Potato and Sage Corn Muffins
These Sweet Potato and Sage Corn Muffins by Courtney West are an autumn-inspired take on cornbread. They have sweet potato puree in them to add a little natural sweetness and some sage to make them fragrant and earthy.
7. Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping
Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping
This paleo Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping by Taylor Kiser is the best side dish for Kwanzaa! Vegan-friendly and gluten/grain/dairy/egg/sugar-free!
8. Herbed Cornbread Stuffing
Herbed Cornbread Stuffing
The perfect marriage of two holiday classics: cornbread and stuffing. The texture of this Herbed Cornbread Stuffing by Rene Barker really makes this dish delicious. The sweetness of the bread combined with the savory spices make this dish a unique treat for everyone at the table.
9. Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili
Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili
This Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili by Julie West is a simple dish that can be made over and over again. Nothing complicated in this recipe, everything is probably in your kitchen right now or you can find right away at your favorite grocery store. Eating vegan, healthy and tasty meals every day is really easy once you get the hang of it. This lovely chili is a one pot meal that is ready in under an hour. Leftovers hold up extremely well too! Bring on the chili…
10. Creole-Style Eggplant and Tofu Étouffée
Creole-Style Eggplant and Tofu Étouffée
A classic Creole-Style Eggplant and Tofu Étouffée by Steph McKercher dish goes vegan! Tofu and eggplant are simmered in a flavorful stew that’s filled with southern flair. Served with brown rice, this main dish is sure to satisfy any of your Cajun cravings.
11. Battered Okra Fritters
Battered Okra Fritters
This recipe for Battered Okra Fritters by Yana Chistyakova will give you the perfect dish to bring to a party. The batter is seasoned well and provides a crisp golden shell that is complemented by the tender okra inside. Plus, these battered okra are simple, quick, and incredibly easy to make.
12. Smoky Cashew Mac and Cheese
Smoky Cashew Mac and Cheese
This richly creamy, Smoky Cashew Mac and Cheese by Dawn Kriss is ready in no time. Made from cashews and a blend of flavors that amp up the cheesy, umami flavor like nutritional yeast, garlic, mustard, and smoked paprika, you won’t believe that this classic dish is dairy-free. Just cook the pasta, blend the sauce ingredients together, and heat!
13. Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potato steals the spotlight from pumpkin in this wonderful pie. Top your Sweet Potato Pie by Leah Moldowan with pecans and coconut whipped cream to really wow your guests.
14. Smoky Southern Collard Greens
Smoky Southern Collard Greens
Comfort food at its finest! Warm up your meal with a bowl of these spicy, healthy, oil-free Smoky Southern Collard Greens by Molly Patrick.
15. No-Bake Rice Pudding Cake
No-Bake Rice Pudding Cake
This No-Bake Rice Pudding Cake by Deniz Kilic combines all the silky, rich goodness of pudding with the shape and style of a cake. The simple vanilla rice pudding rests on a hearty walnut crust and is finished with elegantly placed fruit, nuts, and mango purée.
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