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North African Spiced Carrots

The trinity of North African seasonings, cumin, coriander and paprika, lends exotic appeal to this simple carrot preparation.

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Tropical Fruits with Pistachios & Coconut

Luscious tropical fruit topped with creamy coconut milk and crunchy pistachios is a simple yet delicious dessert.

» Tropical Fruits with Pistachios & Coconut

Moroccan-Rubbed Grilled Steak & Sweet Potatoes

A Moroccan-inspired spice rub coats the steaks and is tossed with the sweet potatoes as well. The foil-packet cooking method for the sweet potatoes yields excellent results (and fewer dishes). Make it a Meal: Sautéed greens, such as arugula, kale or spinach, and a glass of Zinfandel round out the meal.

» Moroccan-Rubbed Grilled Steak & Sweet Potatoes

Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew

Modeled on North African stews, this aromatic vegetarian main course can be served over brown rice or steamed spinach.

» Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew

Southern Kale

Kale becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender in this recipe. Assertive garlic and salty country ham stand up to kale's bold flavor.

» Southern Kale

Kumquat Tagine

A tagine is a slow-cooked Moroccan stew (traditionally served over couscous)—but here it's quicker and (dare we say it?) tastier, thanks in large part to the bright spike of kumquats.

» Kumquat Tagine

Pomegranate Poached Pears

Pears are simmered in a blend of tart pomegranate juice and sweet dessert wine with gorgeous garnet-red results. The pears are served with the reduced poaching liquid and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. A striking finale to any festive meal, garnish the pears with toasted slivered almonds and a touch of tangy Greek yogurt.

» Pomegranate Poached Pears


Celebrate the diverse flavors of African cuisine with these healthy Kwanzaa recipes.

Originating from African harvest festivals, Kwanzaa is a vibrant week-long holiday (from December 26-January 1) devoted to the celebration of African-American culture and community. Kwanzaa is a culinary festival as much as it is a cultural one. EatingWell's Kwanzaa recipes use high-impact flavors—fresh herbs, seasonal fruits and vegetables, aromatic spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin and cardamom—to minimize the need for added fat and salt. With healthy recipes featuring such traditional ingredients as sweet potatoes, lentils and okra, you can enjoy exploring the wonderfully diverse flavors of African cuisine.

Healthy Kwanzaa Main Dish Recipes

Curry was brought to the Caribbean by British colonizers...
Antioxidant-rich collard greens and fiber-packed black-eyed...
Jamaican “jerk” seasonings transform a humble ground turkey...
A tagine is a slow-cooked Moroccan stew (traditionally...
A Moroccan-inspired spice rub coats the steaks and is...
This spicy yogurt marinade tenderizes lamb beautifully--but...
This isn't any ordinary picnic pasta salad. Coffee and...
Modeled on North African stews, this aromatic vegetarian...

Healthy Kwanzaa Sides, Salads, Etc. Recipes

Many variations of this dish use oregano as the main herb,...
Spiced almonds make a simple irresistible nibble to...
The trinity of North African seasonings, cumin, coriander...
Crunchy jicama and walnuts pair with creamy papaya and...
Serve alongside spice-rubbed shrimp and sauteed greens.
Kale becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender in this recipe....
Stewing okra with onion and tomatoes is absolutely...
This scrumptious sweet potato casserole gets fabulous...

Healthy Kwanzaa Dessert Recipes

Bananas cooked in a delectable brown-sugar-rum sauce make...
The haunting, subtle flavor of chai spices adds depth and...
Whipping this otherwise old-fashioned hot chocolate creates...
Garnish this glorious tropical tart with sliced carambola...
Mango, rum, lime and pineapple—take a virtual trip to the...
Pears are simmered in a blend of tart pomegranate juice and...
The deep flavors of molasses, cinnamon, ginger, allspice...
Luscious tropical fruit topped with creamy coconut milk and...

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