Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer grub Quinoa Feijoada

When the weather turns warm outside, my body craves something light and delicious that won't put the beach body in jeopardy.   

Hey, dudes like to eat good, healthy grub too.

I just made this totally delicious meal that was super easy and really really healthy.  This recipe is my own variation on a feijoada, which is basically a traditional Brazilian black bean stew.

Traditionally it would be made with pork and beef cuts,  sausages and manioc flour, then poured over white rice. Have you ever heard of manioc flour? Most peeps haven't and you couldn't find it if you wanted to. It doesn't matter, my version doesn't call for it anyway.  I've omitted the meat, flour and white rice and instead filled it with wholesome nutritious and super filling quinoa.

So here's what you are gonna need for my Quinoa Feijoada:

1 15oz can of organic black beans
1-2 bay leaves
1 14.5oz can of petite diced tomatoes
1 large onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, pressed
4 Tbsp safflower or olive oil
1 cup sliced bell peppers (I used half the bag of frozen bell peppers from Trader Joe's)
1 cup organic quinoa
1guero chili (or any mildly spicy pepper available)
avocado, green onion and cilantro for garnish

1. In a large pan or dutch oven heat oil and add diced onions.  Once the onions have become slightly translucent press garlic into hot mixture using a garlic press and stir until the onions and garlic begin to turn golden brown. Add bell peppers.

2. Add the quinoa to the pan to toast for 2-3 minutes. 

3.  Once the quinoa has slightly browned add canned beans, tomatoes,  sliced guero chili, bay leaves and cover with water to simmer. Make sure to keep the feijoada covered with water. 

4. Cook until quinoa puffs up and the germ spirals out of the grain (don't be scurred, it's supposed to do this). 

5.  Serve and garnish with cilantro, avocado and green onion.

6. Get yo grub on.

Hope you dig it!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summa summa summer time!!

Well all of you wonderful people out there, it is finally summer!!!!!!!! 
             -insert  students bursting through school doors into the sunshine, grad caps and papers flying- 
Time for sunning, surfing, biking and bonfires with the friends, beach trips, road trips...all the warm summertime shenanigans...

               except for all of you in Australia and south Africa....sorry your summer sucks....soo...yeah

 Even though I am definitely not a fan of sweating, sunburns or heat, I must say that a part part of me looks forward the the fun summer activities. The life and vivaciousness is palpable here in southern California.

 So in honor of the new season I am starting a new weekly segment both here on my blog as well as on my YouTube page entitled "Summa-time Shenanigans" where I will be posting either a Video cover of my favorite summer anthems and/or a crafty/art project inspired by the summer!

but not right now...right now I'm going surfing!
 First Summa-time Shenanigan post up next week :D Until then here are a few summer anthems for you to enjoy in the meantime !

ttyl beijos tchau

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