Soul Food Remix

Many a person will reminisce about dinners with family. Some will even discuss which entrees would have a designated night – meatloaf on Mondays, spaghetti on Tuesdays, chicken on Wednesdays, etc. In every household it could be a different standard. In my household, Sunday dinners were fantastic! It was the biggest and best dinner of the week. I always loved that. Now that I am older, I want to start traditions within my own family. So far Sundays are still the biggest and best dinners of the week. If I don’t cook ANY other day of the week, I will cook on Sundays 99.9% of the time.

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Within my family, Sunday dinners could consist of curry goat, rice, plantains, and veggies; barbecue chicken, mac & cheese, and collard greens; or fried chicken, cabbage, and rice (all of which I would put hot sauce on). Then after there would be some outrageous dessert – pound cake, peach cobbler, brownies, pie…whatever it was grandma made was ALL delicious!

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However, nowadays products are not manufactured the same as they used to be and many people aren’t as active as they used to be. Foods that our ancestors used to eat all the time and stay thin are now causing an epidemic. The key is to use quality ingredients like they did. I decided one day to “remix” one of our favs. Instead of BBQ ribs, candied yams, and collard greens with ham hocks; I opted to make a BBQ turkey meatloaf, sweet potato, and sautéed spinach! Delicious!!!!

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The meat was moist and flavorful. The potatoes had just enough sweetness that I didn’t miss my candied yams. And the spinach was flavored with turkey bacon to still give it that smoky flavor. The hubby loved it. He now says he will never forget sweet potato mash!

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