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3 Native American Dishes to Honor St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Celebrate the beloved saint's feast day with these Native American dishes!

In recent years, we’ve all been more and more concerned about the environment, especially with the alarming issue of climate change. Among the people at the forefront of the fight against global warming and climate change is 18-year-old Greta Thunberg, who started School Strike for Climate (formerly Fridays for Future) and even spoke in front of world leaders at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.

But did you know that environmental advocates like Greta have a patron saint? Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first-ever Native American saint, protects and guides people who take care of the world and save it for future generations! (Read: 4 Secrets in the Life of Kateri, The First Native American Saint)

St. Kateri is a young saint born in Ossemenon, a Mohawk village in what is now New York. And today, April 17, is her feast day in Canada! To honor the patroness of environmentalists, ecologists, and the environment, here are some Native American dishes you can prepare today.

Native American Dishes: Seared Salmon with Blackberries and Seaweed

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Photo from Marcus Nilsson/The New York Times Cooking

People who like seafood should definitely try this Native American seafood dish. It’s both savory and sweet thanks to the blackberries and seaweed, and it’s a healthy option, too! What’s more, is that dish is not a hassle to make as salmon is a common find in groceries! Check out the recipe here.

Native American Dishes: Roasted Turnips and Winter Squash with Agave Glaze

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Photo from Marcus Nilsson/The New York Times Cooking

If you’re into purely vegetable dishes, maybe this Native American food is the one for you (Pro tip: you can even substitute the winter squash for squash of your choice if you can’t find it in the supermarket!). The agave glaze adds a hint of sweetness to your dish so you’d have a burst of flavors in your mouth! Find the recipe here.

Native American Dishes: Chia Pudding with Berries and Popped Amaranth

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Photo from Marcus Nilsson/The New York Times Cooking

Those who love chia will surely love this breakfast/dessert! A healthy twist to normal pudding desserts, this chia pudding will still give you the energy you need— just with less guilt. Plus, you can also add your favorite fruits to the bowl for more vitamins and minerals! The dish is inspired by flavors from the Ohlone tribe. Get the recipe here.

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