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Okra and Corn (kinara) for Kwanzaa

When you are preparing to learn about Kwanzaa for Kids this holiday season, be sure to make some traditional foods like this Kwanzaa Okra and Corn recipe!

Kwanza Okra & Corn

Corn is one of the basic foods grown in Africa and is therefore a central food in it’s culture and society. They regard the corn’s life cycle as a symbol of the human life cycle.The stalk (kinara) represents the relationship between parents and children, and between their ancestors and their descendants.

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Okra and Corn (kinara) for Kwanzaa
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Cuisine: African
Serves: 6
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • ½ of a large red bell pepper
  • 2 or 3 green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 16 ounce package of frozen sliced okra, thawed
  • 16 ounce package of frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper (or to your taste)
  1. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until it’s crisp and drain it on a paper towel. Using the same skillet, sauté the red pepper with the green onion until they are tender; usually 3 to 5 minutes. Add the thawed corn and okra and stir to mix.
  2. Add the tomato and pepper (and salt if you want it) and stir again to blend. Cook about 5 minutes or until everything is heated. Crumble the bacon, sprinkle over the top and serve hot.



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About Kelli Miller

My husband (Ricky) of 15 years, our three wild and wonderfully different little boys, one totally spoiled little dog named Annie, and I live in a small town on the coast of Southern Alabama.


  1. Awesome recipe! I love all the colors, it’s so pretty and I love that it each component has a meaning. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever, Kelli – pinning now!!
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  2. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen
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  3. I recently started sharing recipes on The Jenny Evolution and thought it would be terrific to have a group on FB where we can share our recipes not just with other bloggers but with people who are searching out recipes. That said, I’m launching a Food Blogger group! If we work together we can make this a great outlet for all of us. If you’d like to join, visit me here

  4. I love okra and this is a nice change from the regular fried okra recipes. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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