Healthy African Recipes

Find healthy, delicious African recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Slow-Cooker Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Stew

Rating: 5 stars 3
The chicken, sweet potato and chickpeas all contribute to the nice textured bite of this slow-cooker stew. And the tomato broth takes it to the next level. When eating, you'll want to have a toasted baguette at the ready to soak it all up.
By Cooking Light

Bean Salad with Lemon-Cumin Dressing

Rating: 4 stars 7
The bold flavors of the lemon-cumin dressing in this healthy bean salad recipe make it a wonderful side dish to grilled beef and lamb, yet it's also a stellar meatless main when served with whole-wheat couscous.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Slow-Cooker Spiced Lentil Soup with Vegetables

Rating: 4 stars 30
Spices often used in Moroccan cuisine like turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and black pepper give this soup complexity and deep flavor. Make it a day ahead, if you can, to give the spices time to mingle and develop. This easy slow cooker recipe makes it a cinch to get the soup cooking while you do other things.
Joyce Hendley, M.S.
By Joyce Hendley, M.S.

Shakshuka (Eggs Poached in Spicy Tomato Sauce)

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Shakshuka is a veggie-packed meal featuring eggs cooked in a mixture of tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices. It's often served for breakfast or lunch in North Africa and the Middle East .
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Spicy Chicken and Snow Pea Skillet

Chock-full of nutrients, snow peas shine in this 20-minute, harissa-sauced, one-pot meal that feeds the whole family. Harissa is a North African hot chile paste--use just a teaspoon if you prefer a mild flavor.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Egyptian Lentil Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Use red, yellow or even brown lentils to make this iconic and super-simple Middle Eastern soup. Skip green or black lentils, which won't soften enough to puree smoothly. (Recipe adapted from Zooba Restaurant.)
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Moroccan-Inspired Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup

Rating: 5 stars 2
This healthy chicken soup recipe gets bold Moroccan flavor from sweet potatoes, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and a touch of fiery harissa. To get a homemade stock flavor using store-bought broth, we simmer bone-in chicken breasts in the broth before adding the rest of the soup ingredients.
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Moroccan Lentil Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
Like most soups, this healthy Moroccan lentil soup recipe gets better with time, so make it a day ahead if you can--or try our easy slow cooker/crock pot recipe variation.
Joyce Hendley, M.S.
By Joyce Hendley, M.S.

Salmon & Sweet Potato Grain Bowls

Rating: 5 stars 1
Harissa adds Moroccan flavor to this healthy grain bowl recipe without needing a long list of ingredients. Just 5 ingredients is all you need to get dinner (or a packable lunch) on the table in under an hour!
By Joy Howard

Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken, Vegetables & Couscous

Loaded with chicken, onion, butternut squash, apricots, chickpeas and couscous, this slow-cooker recipe is not only bursting with color and texture, but it's also packed with protein and a host of vitamins and even contains a dose of fiber.
By Cooking Light

Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque

Rating: 4.5 stars 35
This satisfying vegetarian sweet potato soup is inspired by the flavors of West African peanut soup. We like the added zip of hot green chiles, but they can sometimes be very spicy. It's best to take a small bite first and add them to taste. Try chopped peanuts and scallions for a different garnish. Serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette.
By Nancy Baggett

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Apricots & Olives

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
This healthy chicken stew is full of warming, spicy flavor thanks to ras el hanout, an aromatic Moroccan spice blend. You can find it in well-stocked grocery stores--or substitute 1/2 tsp. each ground cumin and ginger and 1/4 tsp. each ground cinnamon, coriander and allspice.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD
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Inspiration and Ideas

7 Recipes to Make with Harissa
Harissa is having a moment, and is definitely worth a spot in your kitchen. This spice paste is typically associated with North African cuisine. Its combination of chili peppers, garlic and spices like cumin and coriander create a fiery blend. Recipes like Okra & Chickpea Tagine and Moroccan Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup use the spice to pack a spicy, bold punch.
Moroccan Chickpea-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Rating: Unrated 5
Think of this healthy vegetarian side dish recipe as a meatless tagine served in a squash bowl. Kabocha, sweet dumpling or carnival squash make good alternatives to acorn squash. To make this side a hearty vegetarian meal, serve 2 halves each.
Fossolia (Ethiopian-Style Green Beans)
Rating: 5 stars 1

Like many Ethiopian dishes, this green bean side dish recipe has endless variations depending on who's cooking it. Green beans are always the star, most often along with carrots and rosemary, though it can also be served with potatoes or cabbage.