Plates of Expression

ExpressionPlate_0.jpgTo put the African Heritage Diet Pyramid on the plate, we have compiled a group of 12 Plates of Expression with the help of African Heritage culinary scholar Jessica Harris. These dishes are both the culinary expressions of the Pyramid and the cultural expressions of each of the four distinct regions of African Heritage. In addition, we created one special Plate of Expression, featuring dishes and foods from all four regions. This healthy and delicious Plate includes: Pumpkin Soup (Caribbean); Collard Greens, Brown Rice (all four regions); Black-eyed Peas and "The Holy Trinity" of chopped celery, onion and bell pepper (American South); Okra with Peanuts (Africa and the American South).

Western & Central Africa

Peanut-Soup.jpgPLATE 1 (Soup)
African Peanut Soup


Jollof-Rice.jpgPLATE 2 (Rice & Beans)
Jollof Rice with Black-Eyed Peas


Chicken-Yassa.jpgPLATE 3 (Poultry)
Chicken Yassa
Brown Rice


South America

veggie-soup.jpgPLATE 1 (Soup)
Vegetable and Rice Soup
(chicken optional)

Blk-beans-rice.jpgPLATE 2 (Rice & Beans)
Black Beans and Rice
Avocado and Hearts of Palm Salad

leafy-salad.jpgPLATE 3 (Fish)
Moqueca De Peixe
Watercress Salad


The Caribbean

pumpkin-soup_0.jpgPLATE 1 (Soup)
Hearty Pumpkin Soup


red-beans-and-rice.jpgPLATE 2 (Rice & Beans)
Brown Rice & Red Beans in Light Coconut Milk (Congris)
Sautéed Spinach in Garlic
Sliced Papaya

mango-snapper.jpgPLATE 3 (Fish)
Grilled Snapper with Mangoes and Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette, Green Beans and Peppers


The American South

gumbo.jpgPLATE 1 (Soup)
Shrimp Gumbo


black-eye-peas.jpgPLATE 2 (Rice & Beans)
Healthy Hoppin’ John
Braised Collard Greens
Cabbage Slaw
Corn Bread

Pecan-Crusted-Catfish.jpgPLATE 3 (Fish)
Pecan-Crusted Catfish
Baked Sweet Potato
Okra and Corn Mixup     
Brown Rice Pudding


Plate illustrations by George Middleton.

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