1. Curried Couscous With Jeweled Fruit

There’s no better food to serve at the holiday of the first fruits feast than this curried couscous with jeweled fruits.

Sprinkled with raisins and pomegranate seeds, this delicious, colorful side dish really encompasses the meaning of the holiday. Get recipe here

2. Air Fryer Corn On The Cob

What would the Kwanzaa feast be without “Muhindi”, or corn. Each Karamu table has a corn for every child of the family symbolizing the parents' wish for each child to grow up happy and strong.

This delicious, air fryer corn on the cob recipe is easy to make and perfect for this festive meal. Get recipe here

3. Vegan Baked Mac And Cheese

In addition to African foods, the Kwanzaa feast often includes Caribbean, South American, and Southern influenced dishes.

You may be surprised to learn that mac and cheese is actually popular at the Kwanzaa table. If you’re looking for a vegan Kwanzaa recipe, this delicious, creamy, vegan mac and cheese is the way to go. Get recipe here

4. Jollof Mac And Cheese

What could be better than a West-African version of mac and cheese on the annual celebration of African-American culture.

Jollof, a West-African dish typically made with rice, tomatoes, onion, spices, veggies, and meat all in one pot was adapted into this delicious, savory mac and cheese recipe! Get recipe here

5. Candied Yams

A delicious, classic Kwanzaa side dish that is super simple to make, only uses 3 ingredients, and is ready in 30 minutes!

These candied yams restaurant style are drizzled with a caramelized sauce to make them deliciously tender and sweet. Get recipe here

6. Collard Green Wraps

Stuffed with hearty veggies such as roasted sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, and beans, the whole family will love this healthy, vegan Kwanzaa recipe. Get recipe here

7. Buttermilk Biscuits

You have your Kwanzaa decorations, your Kwanzaa outfit, now all you need are these buttermilk biscuits!

A typical food at the Kwanzaa meal, these light, tasty, soft, and fluffy buttermilk biscuits go well with anything from sausage gravy to jam or honey. Get recipe here

8. Plantain Chips With Guacamole

A food you will always find at the Karamu table are plantains. Serve these plantain chips with a smooth, savory guacamole to snack on when everyone is stuffed after the feast but still wants to munch. Get recipe here

9. Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Another essential Kamaru food are black-eyed peas, as it is traditional to serve food with the red, green, and black colors of the Pan-African flag.
Interestingly, it’s also customary to serve black-eyed peas on New Year’s eve (which comes out on the same night as the Kamaru) because they are symbolic for good luck. Get recipe here

10. Jambalaya

The seven values in African culture that are celebrated on Kwanzaa are unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

This delicious, better-than-Kevin-Belton Jambalaya recipe definitely exemplifies the 6th value ”kuumba”, or creativity with its various ingredients all made in one pot and cooked to perfection. Get recipe here