Kwanzaa starts on December 26th and lasts the whole week! To help you plan what to make during this celebration, we put together a list of 15 different recipes to try out using the Food Monster App. Check out these plant-based options for everything from cornbread, to African stews, to collard greens! These meals are simple, plant-based, and so delicious!

1. West African Peanut Stew West African Peanut Stew

If you’re the kind of person who loves to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter out of the jar, then you’ll enjoy this recipe. This West African Peanut Stew recipe is healthy, cheap, and incredibly delicious.


2. Spicy West African Chickpea and Kale Curry 

Loaded with some potatoes, kale, and spice to boot. There is something very fulfilling about a meal you can whip up in 30 minutes and get the family happily fed in little to no time. This Spicy West African Chickpea and Kale Curry is nutritious, delicious and probably the best leftovers for your next day soup and sandwich brunch.

3. Cajun Tofu With Creamy Grits and Collard GreensVegan Cajun Tofu with Creamy Grits and Greens

This Cajun Tofu With Creamy Grits and Collard Greens recipe gives you three incredible dishes that form one epic meal. The tofu is marinated in a spicy, tangy, homemade Cajun spice mix and served with rich, creamy grits and garlicky greens. This meal will be a hit whenever you put it on the table.

4. Easy Cajun Jambalaya Easy Cajun Jambalaya [Vegan]

Loaded with tomatoes, celery, onion, cajun seasoning, paprika, thyme, sweet peppers and jalapeños, this Easy Cajun Jambalaya is the perfect one pot meal. Since most cajun jambalaya recipes call for a medley of meat products, this jambalaya has vegan sausages instead, just to add a little heartiness and umami to the dish. Feel free to substitute those for vegetables or leave them out though if you’d like the recipe to be gluten-free.

5. Jollof Rice: West African Rice With Harissa and Baharat 

Jollof rice is a beloved West African dish; delightful and delicious and a favorite at gatherings and celebrations! This particular recipe has roasted bell peppers, which add a succulent depth and sweetness to the base sauce. It also has harissa, a spicy chili paste and baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend, both of which add warmth, zing and that touch of smokiness. Serve this Jollof Rice: West African Rice With Harissa and Baharat, one-pot dish, with a side of sweet plantains or your favorite veggies.


6. Sweet Potato and Sage Corn MuffinsVegan gluten-free Sweet Potato and Sage Corn Muffins topped with sage

These Sweet Potato and Sage Corn Muffins are an autumn inspired take on cornbread. They have sweet potato puree in them to add a little natural sweetness and some sage to make them fragrant and earthy.

7. Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping Easy Vegan Grain-Free Paleo Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping

This paleo Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping is the best side dish for Kwanzaa! Vegan-friendly and gluten/grain/dairy/egg/sugar-free!

8. Herbed Cornbread StuffingVegan Herbed Cornbread Stuffing with topping

The perfect marriage of two holiday classics: cornbread and stuffing. The texture of this Herbed Cornbread Stuffing really makes this dish delicious. The sweetness of the bread combined with the savory spices make this dish a unique treat for everyone at the table.

9. Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili Quinoa is a Complete Protein Source. Try It In These 10 Recipes

This Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili is a simple dish that can be made over and over again. Nothing complicated in this recipe, everything is probably in your kitchen right now or you can find right away at your favorite grocery store. Eating vegan, healthy and tasty meals every day is really easy once you get the hang of it. This lovely chili is a one pot meal that is ready in under an hour. Leftovers hold up extremely well too! Bring on the chili…


10. Creole-Style Eggplant and Tofu ÉtoufféeCreole-Style Eggplant and Tofu Étouffée [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

A classic Creole-Style Eggplant and Tofu Étouffée dish goes vegan! Tofu and eggplant are simmered in a flavorful stew that’s filled with southern flair. Served with brown rice, this main dish is sure to satisfy any of your Cajun cravings.

11. Battered Okra FrittersBattered Okra

This recipe for Battered Okra Fritters will give you the perfect dish to bring to a party. The batter is seasoned well and provides a crisp golden shell that is complemented by the tender okra inside. Plus, these battered okra are simple, quick, and incredibly easy to make.

12. Smoky Cashew Mac and CheeseVegan Smoky Cashew Mac and Cheese

This richly creamy, Smoky Cashew Mac and Cheese is ready in no time. Made from cashews and a blend of flavors that amp up the cheesy, umami flavor like nutritional yeast, garlic, mustard, and smoked paprika, you won’t believe that this classic dish is dairy-free. Just cook the pasta, blend the sauce ingredients together, and heat!

13. Sweet Potato PieSweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato steals the spotlight from pumpkin in this wonderful pie. Top your Sweet Potato Pie with pecans and coconut whipped cream to really wow your guests.

14. Smoky Southern Collard Greens Vegan Grain-Free Oil-Free Smoky Southern Collard Greens

Comfort food at its finest! Warm up your meal with a bowl of these spicy, healthy, oil-free Smoky Southern Collard Greens.

15. No-Bake Rice Pudding Cake No-Bake Rice Pudding Cake

This No-Bake Rice Pudding Cake recipe combines all the silky, rich goodness of pudding with the shape and style of a cake. The simple vanilla rice pudding rests on a hearty walnut crust and is finished with elegantly placed fruit, nuts, and mango purée.



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