SHE MIGHT BE (HEALTHY) SOUL FOOD’S BIGGEST CHAMPION

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If you’re celebrating National Soul Food Month and Juneteenth this month, you’re probably well acquainted with crispy fried chicken, ham hock-laden collard greens, smothered pork chops and gooey macaroni and cheese.

Vonda McPherson

Restaurateur Vonda McPherson supports healthy soul food.

But what about wheat sautéed tilapia salad, grilled salmon cake panini, black-eyed pea dip and roasted green beans? In the eyes of restaurateur Vonda McPherson, that’s soul food, too.

The chef and owner of Vonda’s Kitchen in Newark, N.J., is on a mission to make fresh and organic a part of the lingo of soul food cooking and eating. She calls her menu offerings “down-home, clean food,” which she had the opportunity to showcase as one of the vendors at this year’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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