West Africa Staple foods
Straight from Koleosho’s site, here’s a recipe for the jollof rice she says is a great West African dish to start with. Besides rice, the recipe calls for chicken or vegetable stock, red pepper, and an array of aromatic spices. It’s a heck of a lot more flavorful than plain white or brown rice.
Pinto beans and butternut squash soup
This recipe, from Forsung’s site, is the perfect cold-day dinner—and it’s packed with protein. It makes good use of the pinto beans and incorporates lots of veggies and, of course, warming spices.
If you’re looking for healthy meal inspo, West African food is definitely worth your attention; the cuisine is primarily plant-based and vegetables are typically the star of the plate.
According to Nigerian food blogger Funke Koleosho, yams, plantains, cassava, cow peas, tomatoes, okra, lemongrass, and rice are all staples of West African meals. The cuisine gets extra flavor from a range of spices including garlic, ginger, African nutmeg, stock powder, ground dried crayfish, and ground melon seeds.