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8 Healthy Soul Food Recipes That Just Make You Feel Good
Root + Revel
Gluten-Free Wild Rice Hoppin' John
The classic Southern dish gets a colorful and nutritious boost from peppers, scallions, and whole-grain wild rice. Plus, it's naturally gluten- and dairy-free, bursting with vitamin C, and chock-full of fiber.
Get the recipe: Wild Rice Hoppin' John
Shrimp and Cauliflower "Grits"
Easily one of the best-loved soul-food dishes is shrimp and grits. This tangy version gets a healthy twist with cauliflower "grits" made with creamy coconut milk (so it's dairy-free), plus a nutrient boost from mushrooms.
Get the recipe: Shrimp and Cauliflower "Grits"
The Healthy Foodie
Oven-Baked "Fried" Chicken
There's finally a fried chicken recipe you don't have to feel guilty about. This super-tender-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside chicken is baked in the oven to lighten things up, and it's gluten-free so all your meat-eating friends can dig in.
Get the recipe: Oven-Baked "Fried" Chicken
Vanilla and Bean
Vegan Smoky Collard Greens and "Cheesy" Grits
There are few things more "soul" than good old-fashioned collard greens. This delicious recipe adds two more quintessentially Southern ingredients—slow-cooked black-eyed peas and corn grits—for a vegan version brimming with flavor.
Get the recipe: Black-Eyed Peas With Smoky Collards and Cheesy Grits
Life As a Strawberry
Gimme Some Oven
Paleo Biscuits and Gravy
This iconic dish isn't usually so great for your waistline. But fear not! This gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo-friendly version uses ingredients like coconut milk and arrowroot powder to thicken the gravy. And the fluffy biscuits are made with coconut flour, grass-fed butter, and heart-healthy coconut oil.
Get the recipe: Paleo Biscuits and Gravy