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Foods That Blacks Love: Part Two

Foods That Blacks Love: Part Two

Published by Efe on 11th May 2022

In the last blog post, we discussed the foods that blacks love by explaining two examples - soul food and Caribbean foods. In this blog post, we will be exploring Soul food and Caribbean cuisine categories in more detail. These foods are popular among blacks because they are flavourful and nutritious. We will also discuss the health benefits of these foods, how to prepare them, and any allergies that may be associated with them.

Now, let's do a recap on what we learned in the last blog post; stay with me.

Recap

Soul food

Soul food is a type of cuisine that originated in the United States. It is a term used to describe the foods that were traditionally eaten by blacks in the American South. Soul food typically consists of hearty and filling dishes, such as fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread. These foods are often high in fat and calories, but they can also be quite nutritious. Soul food can be prepared healthily by avoiding fried foods and choosing leaner protein sources, such as grilled chicken or fish. Some soul food dishes may also contain allergens, such as wheat, soy, and peanuts.

Caribbean Cuisine

Caribbean cuisine is another type of food that blacks love. This cuisine is a fusion of African, Amerindian, European, East Indian, and Chinese influences. Caribbean food is typically spicy and flavorful. Popular dishes include jerk chicken, curry goat, and rice and beans. Caribbean cuisine is also relatively healthy, as it is often made with fresh fruits and vegetables. However, some Caribbean dishes can be high in fat and calories due to the use of fried foods and heavy sauces. Caribbean food may also contain allergens, such as wheat, soy, peanuts, and shellfish.

Now that we have gone over a brief recap of what was discussed in the last blog post, let's move on to the next part of this series - exploring soul food and Caribbean cuisine in more detail. I hope you've gotten your basic ingredients ready? If you haven't, get them here.

Examples of Soul food

The popular foods under soul food are Fried chicken, Mac and cheese, greens (collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens), Black-eyed peas or ham hocks, Cornbread, Sweet tea or lemonade, and Peach cobbler. We will take them one after the other, explaining their health benefits and how to make them.

Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a popular soul food dish that is typically made with flour, salt, pepper, and spices. It is usually fried in oil or butter. Fried chicken can be high in fat and calories, but it can also be quite nutritious.

Fried chicken is a good source of protein and vitamin B12, which helps to keep the nervous system healthy, and niacin, which helps to lower cholesterol levels. It also contains iron and zinc, which are essential for the immune system.

To make fried chicken healthier, you can try baking or grilling it instead of frying it. You can also use leaner cuts of chicken breast or thighs.

How to make it

There are many ways to make fried chicken, but the most common methods involve using a flour or cornmeal coating.

Ingredients

- Chicken breasts or thighs

- Flour or cornmeal

- Salt, pepper, and spices (optional)

- Oil or butter

Instructions

To make the flour coating, combine the flour, salt, pepper, and spices in a shallow bowl. Place the chicken in the flour mixture and coat evenly. In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil or butter. Add the chicken and cook for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

To make the cornmeal coating, combine the cornmeal, salt, pepper, and spices in a shallow bowl. Place the chicken in the cornmeal mixture and coat evenly. In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil or butter. Add the chicken and cook for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

What can be eaten with it?

Fried chicken is typically served with mashed potatoes, gravy, corn on the cob, and green beans.

Allergies

If you have an allergy to wheat, soy, or peanuts, you should avoid fried chicken as it may contain these allergens.

Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a popular soul food dish that is typically made with elbow macaroni, butter, milk, and cheddar cheese. It can also be made with other types of pasta and cheeses. Mac and cheese can be high in fat and calories, but it can also be quite nutritious.

Mac and cheese is a good source of protein and calcium, which helps to keep bones healthy. It also contains vitamin A, which is important for the immune system and vision.

To make mac and cheese healthier, you can use low-fat milk and cheese, or try using vegetable purees instead of butter.

How to make it

Ingredients

- Elbow macaroni

- Low-fat milk

- Cheddar cheese

- Butter or vegetable puree

Instructions

Cook the macaroni according to the package directions. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the milk and cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the butter or vegetable puree and stir until combined. Add the cooked macaroni and stir until coated. Serve immediately.

What can be eaten with it?

Mac and cheese is typically served with green vegetables, such as broccoli or peas.

Allergies

If you have an allergy to milk or cheese, you should avoid mac and cheese. If you have a wheat allergy, you can substitute the macaroni for gluten-free pasta.

Greens

Greens are a popular soul food dish that is typically made with collard greens, turnip greens, or mustard greens. They are usually cooked with bacon, ham hocks, or fatback. Greens can be high in fat and calories, but they can also be quite nutritious.

Greens are a good source of fibre, which helps to regulate the digestive system. They also contain vitamins A, C, and E, which are important for the immune system.

To make greens healthier, you can cook them with leaner meats or use low-sodium broth instead of bacon or ham hocks. You can also add plenty of vegetables to the dish.

How to make it

Ingredients

- Collard greens, turnip greens, or mustard greens

- Bacon, ham hocks, or fatback

- Low-sodium broth (optional)

Instructions

Wash the greens and remove any tough stems. Chop the greens into small pieces. In a large pot over medium heat, add the bacon, ham hocks, or fatback. Cook until browned. Add the greens and cook for about 12 minutes, or until wilted. Add low-sodium broth if desired. Serve immediately.

What can be eaten with it?

Greens are typically served with cornbread or rice.

Allergies

If you have an allergy to pork, you should avoid greens. If you have a soy allergy, you can substitute the bacon for turkey bacon.

Cornbread

Cornbread is a popular soul food dish that is made with cornmeal, flour, milk, and eggs. It is usually baked in a skillet or cornbread pan. Cornbread can be high in fat and calories, but it can also be quite nutritious.

Cornbread is a good source of fibre, which helps to regulate the digestive system. It also contains vitamins A, B, and C, which are important for the immune system and vision.

To make cornbread healthier, you can use low-fat milk and yoghurt, or try using whole wheat flour instead of white flour.

How to make it

Ingredients

- Cornmeal

- Flour

- Milk

- Eggs

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, milk, and eggs. Pour the mixture into a greased skillet or cornbread pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

What can be eaten with it?

Cornbread is typically served with greens or beans.

Allergies

If you have an allergy to corn, you should avoid cornbread. If you have an egg allergy, you can substitute the eggs for a flaxseed meal.

Beans

Beans are a popular soul food dish that is usually made with black-eyed peas, navy beans, or pinto beans. They are usually cooked with ham hocks or bacon. Beans can be high in fat and calories, but they can also be quite nutritious.

Beans are a good source of protein, which helps to build and repair muscles. They also contain fibre, which helps to regulate the digestive system. Beans are a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as iron, potassium, and magnesium.

To make beans healthier, you can cook them with leaner meats or use low-sodium broth instead of ham hocks or bacon. You can also add plenty of vegetables to the dish.

How to make it

Ingredients

-Black-eyed peas, navy beans, or pinto beans

- Ham hocks or bacon

- Low-sodium broth (optional)

Instructions

Wash the beans and remove any debris. In a large pot over medium heat, add the ham hocks or bacon. Cook until browned. Add the beans and cook for about 45 minutes, or until tender. Add low-sodium broth if desired. Serve immediately.

What can be eaten with it?

Beans are typically served with rice, cornbread, or greens.

Allergies

If you have an allergy to pork, you should avoid beans. If you have a soy allergy, you can substitute the ham hocks for turkey bacon.

Sweet Tea or Lemonade

Sweet tea or lemonade is a popular soul food drink that is made with tea, sugar, and lemons. Sweet tea or lemonade can be high in sugar, but it can also be quite refreshing.

Sweet tea or lemonade is a good source of antioxidants, which help to protect the body from damage. They also contain vitamins C and E, which are important for the immune system.

To make sweet tea or lemonade healthier, you can use less sugar or artificial sweeteners. You can also add fresh fruits or herbs to the drink.

How to make it

Ingredients

- Teabags

- Sugar

- Lemons

Instructions

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the teabags and let them steep for about five minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the lemons and let the mixture cool. Serve over ice.

What can be eaten with it?

Sweet tea or lemonade can be enjoyed on its own or with food.

Allergies

If you have an allergy to lemons, you should avoid sweet tea or lemonade. You can substitute the lemons for limes if desired.

Peach cobbler

Peach cobbler is a popular soul food dessert that is made with peaches, flour, sugar, butter, and spices. Peach cobbler can be high in fat and calories, but it can also be quite delicious.

Peach cobbler is a good source of fibre, which helps to regulate the digestive system. It also contains vitamins A and C, which are important for the immune system.

To make peach cobbler healthier, you can use less sugar or artificial sweeteners. You can also add fresh fruits or vegetables to the dish.

How to make it

Ingredients

- Peaches

- Flour

- Sugar

- Butter

- Spices

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix the peaches, flour, sugar, butter, and spices. Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

What can be eaten with it?

Peach cobbler is typically served with ice cream or whipped cream.

Allergies

If you have an allergy to peaches, you should avoid peach cobbler. You can substitute the peaches for other fruit, such as apples or berries.

Caribbean cuisine

Hey! So, I know I said we were going to go into detail about this in this blog post, but actually, there is a whole blog post I wrote about Caribbean foods you would love to try; it had a detailed explanation, with mouth-watering pictures alongside. Read up here.

Where to get ingredients to make these foods

If you want to make these foods yourself, but don't know where to get the ingredients, then never fear! The last blog post covered that too. Read up here.

Conclusion

So there you have it, some of the foods that blacks love. What are your favourite soul food dishes? Let us know in the comments below! And don't forget to check out the other blog post for more information on Caribbean cuisine.

Also, know that you can get fresh ingredients for your cooking at our store. We have both the main ingredients, and the substitute ingredients for cooking your various dishes. Check our website.

Thanks for reading!