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5 Soul Food Recipes To Celebrate Black History Month

Janelle Cabuco |
February 28, 2014 | 5:38 p.m. PST

Associate Food Editor

Eat some great comfort food for the soul in honor of Black History Month (Jennifer Woodard M Aderazo / Flickr Creative Commons).
Eat some great comfort food for the soul in honor of Black History Month (Jennifer Woodard M Aderazo / Flickr Creative Commons).
At the center of African-American cuisine is soul food. The term “soul food” didn’t become a common term until the 1960s, when civil rights activist and poet Amiri Baraka arguably first used the term in 1962. 

Soul food originated during American slavery, when African-Americans had to cook their own meals with whatever produce was available to them. Soul food is basic and traditional southern African-American cuisine, including simple ingredients such as greens, cornmeal, beans and pork. 

Today marks the last day of Black History Month, and with that Neon Tommy would like to present you with five great soul food recipes to end your celebration with a bang.

Collards With Red Onions

It is not uncommon for soul food recipes to consist of only vegetables, although meat is often used in a good majority of soul food recipes. Embrace your vegetarianism while still enjoying a soul food favorite. 

Momma’s Fried Catfish

Fried fish is a staple in soul food, with catfish being one of the most popular varieties of fish. Try this simple fried catfish recipe that only takes minutes to make!

Mustard Greens and Sweet Potato Soup

Warm up during these cold, rainy days with some soup! Try this soul food inspired soup to warm your soul. 

Savory Triple-Corn Grits

Enjoy the savory comfort of grits without the guilt. This creamy grits recipe is vegan, making it a perfect healthy spin off of traditional grits. 

Watermelon Sweet Tea

Summer in the south might be what makes sweet and cool beverages popular in association with soul food. It might still be cold out, but why not treat yourself to this sweet treat anyways?

Though soul food originated in the south, not all southern food is considered soul food, but all soul food is considered southern food.

Try these recipes and enjoy the last day of Black History Month!

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