For seven days, from December 26 to January 1, African-Americans celebrate their African heritage and affirm seven important principles of community and family life. As with most holidays, traditional foods play a central role.
The seven principles of Kwanzaa are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. The colors of Kwanzaa -- green, black, and red -- often are visible on the holiday table, along with the symbolic elements. Serve these African-inspired foods during your celebration.
Turkey-Seafood Gumbo This hearty meat and vegetable stew will satisfy a crowd.
Corn Sticks Be sure to make extra -- individual servings of hot cornbread always disappear fast.
Beef and Groundnut Stew Peanut butter adds a unique flavor to this hearty option.
Collard Greens with Coconut Milk Coconut milk gives this Southern staple an exotic touch.
Pinto Beans and Rice With ham and sausage mixed in, this can be a main dish or a hearty side.