Brazilian black beans are a delicious and indulgent hearty dish, making them a perfect family treat. This dish is packed with flavours from fried garlic and onions, other vegetables and herbs. Black beans are packed with protein so it is a wonderful way to enjoy a meatless meal at any day of the week. We usually have toasted cassava flour as an accompaniment as it gives extra flavour and additional texture to the dish. I suggest having it with rice or couscous, quinoa or cauliflower rice, and slices of fresh orange on the side.
We Brazilians really, really love our black beans! We eat them pretty much everyday!. Growing up my parents always made black beans packed with meat, bacon and sausages which is so amazing.But, eating as much beans as we do, I needed a recipe that my family could eat daily with less guilt. So I created this meatless version that has all the flavour but a lot less fat. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Ingredients: Black beans, garlic, onion, olive oil, capsicum, zucchini, parsley, salt, pepper, bay leaf.
Reheating Instructions: Defrost in the microwave or overnight in the refrigerator. Heat slowly until piping hot and then enjoy with rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice or couscous.
👩🏻🍳Hi, I'm Helen. I have been fascinated with cooking and baking since I was little. My first cooking memories are learning ingredients and flavours with my grandmother, in the South of Brazil. I was very young when I baked my first cake, I loved it so much that I would swap any other activity planned to stay at home baking. All my neighbours were always expecting that delicious treat on the weekends. I graduated from Tourism and Hospitality in 2004 and have been working in the events and hospitality industry since 2002. Firstly as an event planner, creating several theme parties and exhibitions, developing menus with chefs and mixologists. This was my pathway for diverse and inventive gastronomy. I moved to London in 2004 to acquire more knowledge and develop my career. While in London, I had the opportunity to travel to many different countries and get to know their beautiful culinary. Tasting their flavours and bringing that to my kitchen is one of my biggest passions.
I don’t have one style of cooking. When it comes to cooking, I follow a simple philosophy of believing all products should have great flavour, great texture and also be beautiful to look at. I love using natural wholefood ingredients, organic dairy, free range eggs, seasonal fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, spices and many more. I love creating delicious food and recipes that satisfy all our senses and bring people joy! Here in Australia, I have my own catering business, focused on healthy options, avoiding processed food, refined sugars and fried products.
For me, cooking means bringing joy to someone. It is my own way of bringing happiness.
Perfect served with steamed rice and some fresh oranges.