Soul Food Menu

Soul Food Menu!



What Soul Food really is- Menu?

by Marlene Owens

Many years ago, probably before the 1960’s most Blacks and
African Americans ate these foods; Green beans, Collard greens,
Cornbread, Johnnycakes, Pork, Fried fish, Pigs feet, Ham hocks,
Pig ears, Chitlins, Sweet Tea, etc. including my family.

Although I was born in New York City, we all ate similar foods
because of our deep roots from the south.

My mother loved Pork Meats, like; Bacon, Fat Back, Pig Feet,
Pig Tails, Ham Hocks, Pork Chops, Spare Ribs, Ham, Chitterlings
just to name a few.

In those days Pork was less expensive than Beef and that is
why we ate so much of it.


The Fat Back, bacon, Pig tails would be cooked with all kinds
of dried beans and some vegetables like String Beans, Collards,
Kale and Turnip Greens. With the beans we also had homemade
cornbread with Cracklin.


This was real good ” Food for the “Soul.”

Did I mention, that all these foods were cooked from scratch
and were Fresh? We did have a few stores with canned and
frozen foods but my family always cooked fresh foods.


When I became a woman and was educated about Pork and
Beef products; contributing to health aliments.


I stopped eating what I was raised on and tried to become
a healthier cook for my family. I no longer added meat to
my fresh or frozen vegetables and we ate less fried foods.


I won’t lie and say that I do not eat Ham, Spare Ribs,
Porl Loin, Pork Chops, Bacon, Sausages, Chitterlings
anymore, because we still do, but we eat them in
moderation. (once in a while)


Today, my family’s menu consists of; plenty of yellow,
green, red and orange fresh vegetables, Chicken, Turkey,
Fish, Veal and Lamb.


Yellow Vegies; Squash, Cauliflower, Dried Beans, etc.

Green Veggies; String Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, etc

Red Veggies; Yams, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Beets

Meats; Chicken, Turkey, Veal, Lamb, with

Moderation of Pork and Beef Meats,

Fish; Shrimp, Salmon, Lobster, etc.

Carbohydrates; Rice, Pasta, Hominy Grits, etc.


As you can see my Soul Food Menu is no different
from other ethnic foods.


At our house we eat the same foods that most people
eat in the United States, we just season and prepare
the foods a little different.


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