These simple quinoa pancake/croquettes are delicious on their own, or serve them as veggie burgers (in a bun with all of the fixings).
These beans are simmered with spicy sausage and seasoned with Italian flavors such as tomato, oregano, and bay leaves. They make a warm, hearty meal with white rice, salad, and crusty garlic bread.
More About Beans
Basic Clay Pot Beans - Frijoles a la Olla
Feijoada - Brazilian Black Beans with Smoked Meats
Spicy Black Beans, Peruvian-style - Frijoles Escabechados
About Chorizo Sausage
Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday - whatever you call it, it's the time to party before Lent! Brazil might be the home of the biggest party of all. You can read all about Carnival 2014 at About.com expert Patricia Ribeiro's Brazil Travel site
Carnival is more about drinking and dancing than eating, and many stores and restaurants close during the festivities, but street food is plentiful - like acarajé (shrimp and blackeyed pea fritters fried in dende (palm) oil), pastéis, and tapioca (crepes made of tapioca starch). A perfect post-parade meal would be feijoada, a hearty, traditional Brazilian black bean stew with smoked meats, with caipirinhas to drink. Serve this fun rainbow cake for dessert - anything colorful is perfect for Carnaval!
More Brazilian Recipes....
Rainbow Cake - Bolo Arco-Íris
Coxinha - Chicken Croquettes
Kibe - Beef Croquettes
Cinnamon "Raindrop" Doughnuts - Bolinhos de Chuva
Empadinhas de Palmito - Brazilian Empanadas with Hearts of Palm
Quinoa croquettes, with Italian-style seasoning, take the place of the meatballs in this spaghetti with homemade marinara sauce.
More Pasta Recipes...
This stewed chicken in a tangy vinegar and white wine sauce is a quick but special meal - great for weeknights. Escabeche is a dish with a history lesson behind it. Cooking fish or meat with vegetables in an acidic (usually vinegar-based or citrus) sauce is popular throughout Latin America, and comes from Spain, where it evolved from a sweet and sour Persian dish that the Moors brought to Spain.
This nourishing casserole starts with very simple ingredients - potatoes and lentils. Sautéed vegetables, herbs, and cheese transform this dish into something special.
This two recipes pair well together and you can get them to the table relatively quickly. Avocado soup sounds unusual, but has great Tex-Mex flavors and a bit of spiciness from the chorizo sausage. The quinoa bread rises with the help of baking powder instead of yeast (banana bread style), which eliminates the time consuming kneading or rising normally associated with baking bread.
These elegant treats are often handed out to guests at Brazilian weddings. The two cookies are "happily married" (bem-casados), joined together with a filling of doce de ovos, a sweet caramel cream that is similar to dulce de leche. The entire cookie is dipping in a sugar glaze, which makes it pretty and also keeps the cookie from drying out.
Trifles give you a lot of bang for the buck - they are fairly easy to make, yet they look impressive and taste amazing. Perfect for Valentines Day. Serve this in a deep glass bowl or trifle dish, in order to appreciate the layers of cake, cream, and fruit.
This cornbread has a creamy custard-like layer hidden inside of seemingly normal sweet cornbread. The unusual texture forms magically in the oven. All you have to do is quickly mix the ingredients in a blender, pour them into a pan, and bake.