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Grilled Shrimp Remoulade

An updated and untraditional rémoulade makes a tangy sauce for these spice-rubbed shrimp. While this is a warm-weather favorite on the grill, you can also cook the shrimp under a preheated broiler. Cook shrimp on a lightly sprayed broiler rack, about 4 inches from the heat, for a winter warmer any night of the week.

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Sausage Gumbo

To keep it simple, we've opted for just the essential ingredients in this rendition of the hearty Creole favorite: sausage, okra, rice and a little spice.

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Real Cornbread

This traditional cornbread is made without flour, isn't sweet and has a crumbly texture. You can change the adaptable recipe to suit your cornbread preference. For a variation, substitute 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for the baking powder and use buttermilk instead of milk. If you're looking for a more muffinlike texture, substitute flour for half the cornmeal.

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Collard Green & Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Antioxidant-rich collard greens and fiber-packed black-eyed peas have a starring role in this nutritious soup. There's no need for loads of ham or salt pork—just a small amount of bacon gives it a wonderful smoky flavor. You can skip the bacon and substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth for a great vegetarian dish.

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Shrimp Po' Boy

This twist on the Louisiana favorite piles grilled shrimp and creamy-dressed cabbage onto a crusty bun. Bread that's soft on the inside and crusty on the outside is perfect for a Po' Boy sandwich. We grill both sides of a whole-wheat bun for that added crunch. You may need a few extra napkins to enjoy it, but this quick and easy sandwich is well worth it. Serve with: Sauteed corn and bell peppers.

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Raspberry Spoonbread

A traditional Southern favorite, spoonbread is a typically savory dish that's like a cross between a soufflé and cornbread. Here we transform the simple ingredients into a comforting dessert with the addition of summer's best raspberries and pure Vermont maple syrup. Any type of cornmeal will work, but we love the texture that stone-ground provides.

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Southern Ratatouille

Adding okra to traditional ratatouille gives this French vegetable stew recipe Southern flair. It’s delicious on the day it’s cooked, but even better the next day. Serve as a side to grilled chicken or on top of thick, crusty bread.

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Southern cooking incorporates so many influences—from English cookery to Cajun and Creole spices—it’s hard to define. Is it great barbecue? Hush puppies and collards? Jambalaya and gumbo?

Southern cooking is all of these dishes and more, cooked with panache. Southern cooking elevates the plain and homely: try some fresh-picked butterbeans (baby limas), simply steamed. Ripe, juicy peaches make incomparable pies and jams and humble collards are transformed into a luscious accompaniment to pork or beef.

There’s no need for Southern food to be deep-fried and heavy; like all good regional cuisines, it relies on fresh seasonal foods and a deft hand at seasoning. All of our delicious recipes are made for healthy eating, so relax with a glass of minty iced tea, and enjoy the soulful flavors of Southern cooking.

Healthy Southern Recipes: Main Dishes

This BBQ pulled chicken recipe is a fanciful...
Crab cakes get a Louisiana spin with Cajun spice and corn....
Antioxidant-rich collard greens and fiber-packed black-eyed...
A Louisiana favorite, our version of this spicy dish uses...
An updated and untraditional rémoulade makes a tangy sauce...
This quick version of red beans and rice gets its smoky...
Great news—crunchy, flavorful fried chicken can be healthy...
To keep it simple, we've opted for just the essential...
You don't have to sacrifice the traditional smoky...
Although the classic Cajun stew, étouffée, is usually made...
Crunchy, battered catfish fillets have jumped out of the...
If you’re intimidated by shucking oysters—this recipe for...

Healthy Southern Recipes: Sides & Salads

Fresh-tasting lemon-mint vinaigrette dresses up snap peas...
There is no form of corn that a Southerner can't use....
This traditional cornbread is made without flour, isn'...
This is a classic mayonnaise-based sauce that we've...
Like poor people everywhere, mountain people in the South...
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...
Adding okra to traditional ratatouille gives this French...
This bean and okra recipe is a classic Southern side dish...
The fire of the grill creates a tender texture while...
Colorful red bell pepper and thinly sliced okra add an...

Healthy Southern Recipes: Desserts

Bananas cooked in a delectable brown-sugar-rum sauce make...
Fresh basil, which has a special affinity with peaches, is...
A traditional Southern favorite, spoonbread is a typically...
This rich, chocolaty Southern favorite has its own culinary...
The nutty flavor of cornmeal adds depth and a sunny golden...
This creamy sweet potato pie recipe is seasoned like a...
Make sure to reserve a portion of the peaches as you puree...
Brown sugar-sweetened shortcakes with fresh, ripe peaches...

Healthy Southern Recipes: Drinks

In this pink sangria recipe, we’ve skipped the added sugar...
Kiwis add a tropical note to the Southern favorite.
This pretty pink cocktail would be perfect for a bridal...
Homemade cherry-infused bourbon (or rum) is the base for...

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