September 7th is the date that we celebrate Brazil’s independence from Portugal.
This year it will be on a Sunday so how about celebrating this Brazilian holiday with some awesome Brazilian food?!
Feijoada is one of the most popular dishes in Brazil. It’s a classic and we love it!
Feijoada is a stew made of black beans, beef and pork. In school we learn that the slaves, brought to Brazil by the Portuguese, created Feijoada with the left over meats they’d get from their owners. They used to toss whatever came their way into the beans.
My version of the stew is very flavourful but a bit simpler to make. This is a dish more easily made with a pressure cooker since the beans can take a while to soften. Remember to serve it with rice!
Summer is almost over and it’s sunny out there which means we have perfect weather for a barbecue! Instead of buying store bought burgers, how about making your own?! We always grill homemade burgers since they are so easy and quick to prepare.
I made this time a meatloaf for the husband that I’m sure he’ll love. Serve it with whole wheat pasta, brown rice or a nice salad.
Tonight I wasn’t in the mood to spend hours in the kitchen so I prepared a light, healthy meal for me and my husband. I made a couple of chicken breasts with a side of salad and brown rice. Simple but very flavourful. The secret? Parsley.
Everything in life requires balance. Eating well is necessary so we can function and feel well and lead productive days, without feeling overtired or any other symptom of a sedentary life.
We have to agree that life would be boring if we didn’t indulge and treat ourselves to a nice meal.
I’ve put together a daily menu where you can find a little bit of both. The weekend just started so you still have time to get the ball rolling.
I will offer you the option to indulge or eat healthy for breakfast, lunch and dinner but I would pick one meal to go all out. Just a suggestion…if you feel you deserve more, by all means, enjoy it!
Three years ago I decided to change my life and be healthier.
I joined the gym, hired a personal trainer and slowly started changing my eating habits.
Since then I feel like a total different person, lighter and happier. Turns out that we really are what we eat.
One of the big issues with eating salads in restaurants is that they sound like a healthier option but the truth is that they are high in calories because of the dressing and ingredients that come with the mixed greens.
In the last 4 months I haven’t eaten out at all, I have eaten my homemade meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It resulted in a more significant weight loss and a lot of savings for us.
I like to make this salad dressing because it’s simple, tasty and light (mustard has no calories!).
Eating healthy requires planning and effort, it’s crazy how easy it is to pick something full of fat and sugar when we find ourselves hungry. I plan my meals, specially because I started a path over 3 years ago to lose weight and be healthier.
I had a lot of weight to lose and in these last 3 years I have learned quite a bit about myself and how to make good eating decisions. It’s about figuring out before hand what I’ll be eating, being active and going through a daily internal battle to fight hunger and temptation. There’s also the social alienation that comes with such a change in lifestyle.
Following a strict diet doesn’t conform with other people’s expectations and plans which means that they will push you to “cheat just this once” or they will tell you “you look fine” and so on. Sometimes you will even lie to yourself and convince yourself that you had a terrible day and you deserve a treat.
Kibbeh (or quibe in Portuguese) is a Syrian dish that is very popular in Brazil. I believe it became so big back home because there is a large Lebanese and Syrian community in the country.
I LOVE kibbeh and the best part is that it’s a complete meal on its own, it has protein and complex carbs in it. The kibbeh I make is mainly made of beef and bulghur (cracked wheat). It can be fried or baked but since I avoid frying anything we eat I always bake it.
The cool thing about this dish is that it can be rolled into big balls, small balls (for appetizers) and also done in a pan and cut into squares after, sorta like a meatloaf.
I remember I had friends over once and I made a regular lasagna (with pasta) and an eggplant lasagna. The veggie lasagna was a great hit and there were no left overs for the next day. I was surprised that such a simple dish could get such a great reaction from my friends.
The eggplant lasagna was born when I started eating healthier and less calories. I didn’t want to compromise on flavour so I chose to create a tasty lasagna with low calorie ingredients. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.