Kwanzaa starts today, Dec. 26, and runs through Jan. 1. Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that was first celebrated in 1966. Spending time with friends and family, dancing, lighting candles and eating lots of delicious food are all part of the celebration. The Courier Journal posted some healthier alternatives to traditional Kwanzaa recipes on Dec. 26.
Kwanzaa focuses on seven principles embraced in Africa during the first harvest of the season. These principles are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, collective, purpose, creativity and faith.
While it is the only U.S. holiday celebrated distinctively by African-Americans, not all African-Americans join the festivities. Also, some people of other ethnic groups have embraced Kwanzaa. For example, according to PBS, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt celebrate Kwanzaa , as well as other holidays from different countries and cultures.
Pitt and Jolie are raising a multicultural family with three adopted children. Angelina Jolie adopted her daughter, Zahara, from Africa as an infant. Jolie and Brad Pitt and Jolie have children adopted from Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as three biological children.
Kwanzaa food is often rich and hearty. However, it is possible to make it healthier with a few substitutions. Here is a healthy Kwanzaa recipe.
Curried jerk cabbage
- 16-ounce bag coleslaw blend
- 1 large onion, peeled, cut in half, and the halves cut into thin half-moons
- 3 tablespoons garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Jerk Seasoning
- 1 1/2 tablespoons mild curry
- 1/2 tablespoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 3 bay leaves
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a 13-by-9-inch pan, combine the shredded coleslaw mix and onions and mix well.
- Add minced garlic, jerk seasoning, curry, coriander and salt into the coleslaw and onion mix and toss to blend.
- Pour the vegetable broth over the mixture and place the three bay leaves on top.
- Cover the pan with a sheet of aluminum foil and place pan in oven.
- Cook for 30 minutes or until the cabbage is tender, stirring twice.
- Remove the aluminum foil cover after 20 minutes and let the cabbage cook uncovered for final 10 minutes.
Try this combination of recipes for the perfect lightened up Kwanzaa meal:
African peanut stew
Sautéed ripe plantains