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Brazilian Black Bean Beef Stew
(Contains Beef | Dairy-Free | Gluten-Free | Slightly Spicy)
In Brazil, the dish to have is feijoada (fay-zwah-da). The word feijoada comes from the word feijão, which is Portuguese for beans. Feijoada is a black bean stew that is brewed with a variety of salted and smoked pork and beef products from carne-seca to smoked pork spare ribs. The rich, smoky stew is then served with rice, sautéed collard greens or kale, orange slices and topped with toasted cassava flour (farofa). In essence, feijoada is Brazilian soul food, food of the people.
As most of you know, I’m not a huge meat-eater, a vegetarian most of the time. But I smack my lips when it comes to feijoada! Our version is a bold attempt to adjust the recipe slightly to make it with lean beef cubes. What might look like a plate of inky purples and black is a symphony of velvety meat, creamy beans and lots of texture from quinoa and red rice!
Here, we feature one of Brazilians’ favourite foods — black beans! A rich source of fibre and folate, great for blood circulation due to its high iron concentration, black beans are also found to lower risk of type 2 diabetes, many types of cardiovascular diseases and even certain types of cancer. In 2006, the Food Guide for the Brazilian Population recommended that beans be consumed at least once every day! Every Brazilian I met during my 2016 trip regardless of ancestry and background told me their daily staple is rice and beans. Have you had your souperfood black beans today?
Ingredients: Marinated beef cubes, black beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red cargo rice, quinoa, corn, onions, garlic, oranges, coriander, herbs, spices
Condiments: Chopped tomatoes, chopped coriander, a swirl of coconut cream
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