A Brazilian banquet fit for an Olympian

By
Shauny Talbot
Added
08 August, 2016

Whether you’re watching from the couch or inspired to hit the road, we bring you a taste of Rio with this vibrant Brazilian menu.

With our minds still ablaze from the wondrous opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, and the games now in full swing, it’s time to light up our cauldrons and feast on some of Brazil’s best dishes.

Kick-start your Olympic menu with these Brazilian cachaça chicken skewers by Ben O’Donoghue. Marinated in cachaça (Brazil’s potent sugarcane spirit), the zest and juice of fresh limes, jalapeno chillies and honey, these chargrilled skewers will send your tastebuds straight to Carnival.

A hearty Bahian seafood stew chock-full of fish and prawns will be full of protein and magnesium to help strengthen and relax those muscles after a full day on the track! If you are in training mode, we recommend serving this tempting seafood stew with brown rice instead of white, which has a lower GI and a slower rate of energy release to keep you going after the meal.

 

Treat yo’self! Every sportsperson needs to take a break from the #cleaneating once in a while, so pamper yourself with this indulgent (but not too indulgent) Bavarian cream with açai and Brazil nuts. Originally hailing from the Amazon, açai berries (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) are all the rage at the moment. This purple-hued superfood is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. There is a high level of magnesium found in Brazil nuts too, so you can bet you’ll be relaxed after these creamy desserts.

And to finish, let’s celebrate your tremendous efforts (whether that’s in the pool, at the stove or on the couch) with this native Brazilian cocktail of lime, cachaça and sugar. The Caipirinha was traditionally created as a preventative measure against the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918, but is now synonymous with sunshine and good times. We’ll say cheers to that.

For more Brazilian inspiration, flip through the pages of Cabana The Cookbook, This is Brazil, or South American Grill.  

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