Easy Healthy Soul Food Recipes

Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits
Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

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Flaky, buttery buttermilk biscuits are perfect any time of day.
Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits
Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

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Tender shrimp and andouille sausage with red, green, and yellow bell peppers are served over cheese-flavored grits in this traditional low-country favorite.
New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas
New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas

New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas

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See in the new year with a hearty bowl of black-eyed peas cooked with garlic, onion, tomatoes and diced country ham. A real country ham is quite salty, but the flavor and seasoning is just right for this homey dish.
Greg's Southern Biscuits
Greg's Southern Biscuits

Greg's Southern Biscuits

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Limber up your biscuit-making fingers and try this vintage recipe that's been handed down for generations. Grandmas know the secret to great biscuits is to handle the dough as lightly as possible.
Billy's Favorite Smoky Collard Greens
Billy's Favorite Smoky Collard Greens

Billy's Favorite Smoky Collard Greens

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Here's a great way to get a smoky flavor in your greens without using ham hocks. This recipe will work with any type of greens, but you may need to adjust the cooking time.
Kickin' Collard Greens
Kickin' Collard Greens

Kickin' Collard Greens

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If you like greens you will love this recipe. The bacon and onions give them a wonderful flavor. Add more red pepper for a little more spice.
Spicy Bean Salsa
Spicy Bean Salsa

Spicy Bean Salsa

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Also known as 'cowboy caviar', this twist on traditional salsa is enlivened with black beans, corn and black-eyed peas.
Southern Ham and Brown Beans
Southern Ham and Brown Beans

Southern Ham and Brown Beans

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This is the same recipe my mother's side of the family has been making for years, with my own special touch. Serve it with all of the fixin's. It goes great with cornbread, fried potatoes and fried cabbage.
Creole Okra
Creole Okra

Creole Okra

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A yummy vegetarian side dish, easy to make. Taste holds up for leftovers. The use of frozen okra makes this a year-round favorite in our family.
Grandma Oma's Pickled Okra
Grandma Oma's Pickled Okra

Grandma Oma's Pickled Okra

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Grandma Oma always made these, and I still do. They are a welcome change on a relish tray.
Garlic Chicken Fried Chicken
Garlic Chicken Fried Chicken

Garlic Chicken Fried Chicken

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This actually uses my breading for Chicken Fried Steak---my husband suggested we try it with chicken breasts, and it was delicious!
Roasted Okra
Roasted Okra

Roasted Okra

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Roasting okra is simple and easy, and as a bonus, the vegetable's texture is much firmer when roasted.
Okra with Tomatoes
Okra with Tomatoes

Okra with Tomatoes

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Canned tomatoes and frozen okra are simmered with green bell pepper, onion, and garlic for a tasty side dish.
Southern Fried Chicken
Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken

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A heritage recipe, both simple and reliable: chicken in a batter of salt, pepper, flour and paprika, quickly fried in hot vegetable oil.
Kentucky Biscuits
Kentucky Biscuits

Kentucky Biscuits

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This is a great recipe, different than the usual biscuit. Serve piping hot with butter, jam, or honey.
Chef John's Red Beans and Rice
Chef John's Red Beans and Rice

Chef John's Red Beans and Rice

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Chef John's recipe for red beans, Andouille sausage, smoked ham hock, and rice is the textbook definition of soul food: a comforting, hearty bowl of goodness.
CB's Black Eyed Peas
CB's Black Eyed Peas

CB's Black Eyed Peas

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Make these black-eyed peas, seasoned with bacon, tomatoes, and chili powder, in your slow cooker. They're perfect for New Year's Day, or whenever you want an easy, hearty meal.
Soul Smothered Chicken
Soul Smothered Chicken

Soul Smothered Chicken

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You can't just go to any restaurant and get smothered chicken like you would if you went down to the urban neighborhoods in Houston. This meal of browned chicken in a savory chicken gravy sauce is best when served over a bed of white rice.
Fried Okra
Fried Okra

Fried Okra

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A simple Southern classic! Okra is dredged in seasoned cornmeal, then fried until golden.
Sausage Biscuits and Gravy
Sausage Biscuits and Gravy

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy

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No one will leave the table hungry after a breakfast of biscuits and hearty Southern-style sausage gravy.
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