Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Marble Sweet Potato Pie by Christine of “No Gojis No Glory”

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When I was asked to join Kwanzaa Culinarians, I knew that this would be a great opportunity to reflect on this past year. Reflection is something that I’m admittedly kinda terrible at. From week to week it’s become more about what I can cross off the “to-do list” versus contemplating the day’s happenings. But a little bit of introspection can go a long way… 

Under the Kwanzaa principle of “Kujichagulia” or Self-Determination, we define, create and speak for ourselves; ultimately looking within to define who we really are, and setting goals that are beneficial for the entire community. This year, I took a huge leap toward Kujichagulia. This was the year that I decided to start my food blog, No Gojis, No Glory. This year, instead of continuing to fight myself about who I was and what I was really meant to do, I finally came to grips with the fact that I’m not really that 9-5 business focused person I was groomed to be. I realized that I’m happiest when I’m being creative…whether it be in the kitchen, writing or indulging in some photography; these are the things that really make me happy.

With that in mind, I took the leap, started my blog and haven’t looked back. It was an exhilarating and terrifying experience all at once. But besides wanting a more fulfilling life, one of the main reasons I started the blog was to share an important shift in my lifestyle. My blog is centered on healthy recipes and wellness; a lifestyle change that was very necessary for my health, but I also wanted to hopefully encourage a healthier lifestyle among readers. Being a happier and healthier person is totally attainable for all of us…and it can be quite delicious too.

That being said, I’d like to share with you my Marble Sweet Potato Pie. It’s a healthier version than the traditional, but it’s still every bit as tasty. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did…


This entry was posted on December 30, 2014 by in 2014, Kujichagulia, Personal Story, Recipe and tagged , , , .

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The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the phrase, "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first-fruits." Kwanzaa's extra "a" evolved as a result of a particular history of the Organization Us. It was clone as an expression of African values in order to inspire the creativity of our children. In the early days of Us, there were seven children who each wanted to represent a letter of Kwanzaa. Since kwanza (first) has only six letters, we added an extra "a" to make it seven, thus creating "Kwanzaa." To learn more about Kwanzaa, visit the Official Kwanzaa Website.

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