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Soul Food Junkies by Mind Map: Soul Food Junkies
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Soul Food Junkies

What makes a balanced diet?

What makes a balanced diet?




Rice & Grains


The right kinds of fat

Vitamins & Minerals

Blending food with exercise

Portion Control & MyPlate

PBS: Soul Food Junkie

Byron Hurt Website


Why does food bring people together?

Memory of comfort

Personal expression that quenches hunger - sharing it with others brings a group feeling of comfort.

How is "Soul Food" defined?

Southern Food originating from the times of slavery

BBQ Ribs

Pig Feet

Ham Hocks

A ham hock or pork knuckle is the joint between the tibia/fibula and the metatarsals of the foot, where the foot was attached to the hog's leg. It is the portion of the leg that is neither part of the ham proper nor the foot or ankle, but rather the extreme shank end of the leg bone.


Chitterlings are usually the small intestines of a pig, although the intestines of cattle and other animals are sometimes so named when used as a foodstuff.


Jambalaya is a Louisiana Creole dish of Spanish and French influence. It is also, with the spelling jambalaia a provençal dish. Jambalaya may have been created in Louisiana and may have its origins in Spanish paella, even if there is a dish also called jambalaia in Provence, southern France, that is also a mash-up of rice, chicken and saffron and that has been identified by Frederic Mistral in his Provençal dictionary, in both figurative and culinary meaning.  Jambalaya is traditionally made in three parts, with meat and vegetables, and is completed by adding stock and rice.



Gumbo is a stew or soup that originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. It consists primarily of a strongly-flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and the vegetable holy trinity of celery, bell peppers, and onions. Gumbo is often categorized by the type of thickener used: the African vegetable okra, the Choctaw spice filé powder, or roux, the French base made of flour and fat. The dish likely derived its name from either the Bantu word for okra or the Choctaw word for filé. Several different varieties exist. Creole gumbo generally contains shellfish, tomatoes, and a thickener. Cajun gumbo is generally based on a dark roux and is spicier, with either shellfish or fowl. Sausage or ham are often added to gumbos of either variety. After the base is prepared, vegetables are cooked down, and then meat is added. The dish simmers for a minimum of three hours, with shellfish and some spices added near the end. If desired, filé powder is added after the pot is removed from heat. Gumbo is traditionally served over rice.

Mac & Cheese

Green Beans

Collard Greens

Collard greens are various loose-leafed cultivars of Brassica oleracea, part of the Acephala group, which also contains cabbage and broccoli.The plants are grown for their large, dark-colored, edible leaves and as a garden ornamental, mainly in Brazil, Portugal, the southern United States, many parts of Africa, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, southern Croatia, northern Spain and in northern India. They are classified in the same cultivar group as kale and spring greens, to which they are genetically similar. The name "collard" is a corrupted form of the word "colewort".The plant is also called "couve" in Brazil and in Portugal, "couve galega" or "couve portuguesa" in Cape Verde, "berza" in Spanish-speaking countries, "col" in Colombia, "raštika" in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia and "raštan" in Montenegro and Serbia. In Kashmir, India, it is called "haakh". In Tanzania and Kenya it is more commonly known by its Swahili name, "sukuma wiki", and is often confused with kale. In New Zealand, it is called "dalmatian cabbage".

Corn Bread


Pulled Pork Sandwich

Some of the very best flavours in any kitchen come from patience. Michael rubs a pork shoulder with an infinitely customizable spice blend then slowly BBQ’s for a pulled pork sandwich. The pork shares top billing with a soft white potato flavoured roll and a simple coleslaw. The addictive flavours of slow food!


What are some of the dangers of traditional "Soul Food" preparation?

Grease & Fat


IBook Health Chapter 10 & 11

Create a Food Log for a week

Design a healthy menu with the 4 Food Goups in mind.

Debate the health or no health sides of Soul Food with Pro & Con.

How to read a food label

In the Media

Ron Finley: Guerilla Gardner in L.A.

NYT Article - WITS Program Teaches Healthy Cooking in Schools

Urban Fruit Documentary

Learning Targets

How did Soul Food originate? Historically?

What constitutes a balanced diet?

Is a "soul food" diet off limits if you want to stay healthy?

What are the basics of reading a food label?

How can I adjust my own diet to eat healthier?