Brazil's best dishes: recipes full of flavour and flair

Go for gold with this vibrant Olympics-inspired menu

As the Olympic torch lights up Rio, now is the perfect time to inject a vibrant Latin vibe into your cooking. Here, we’ve collated some of our favourite recipes that showcase Brazil’s love for delicious meats and colourful fruits and vegetables.

Brilliant beef

Why not celebrate the Olympics opening ceremony with crowd-pleasing grilled picanha skewers with herby chimichurri, matchstick chips and zesty lime mayo? Or opt for seared coriander-crusted rump cap with Brazilian rice fritters – a tasty combo of grilled steak (we like ours rare), easy dipping sauce and moreish crispy fritters.

Whichever recipe you go for, you can be sure the star of the show – the beef – will be of the highest quality. Because for us, it’s important to cook with only the best. That’s why all our beef is free from added hormones and produced by farmers who share our commitment to sustainability and animal welfare (read more here).

Salad days

If you’re in training, Olympics style, and in the mood for a salad, you can’t go wrong with chicken salpicao. This crunchy, fresh salad is a colourful mixture of roast chicken (leftover chicken would be great here), carrots apple, onion, sweetcorn and fried potato. And although this salad is Mexican in name, it contains a line-up of classic ingredients used across Brazil: beans, rice, paprika, coriander and avocado.

Whether you’re a world-class sportsperson or not, veggie-packed salads are key to a nutritious diet. At Spinneys, we care about the provenance of our fruit and veg, only buying from growers who are passionate about sustainable agricultural practices.

Fantastic fruit

As a tropical country, Brazil produces a gorgeous glut of pineapples, mangoes, bananas, limes and coconuts. Naturally, these ingredients cause our minds (plus our mouths and appetites) to drift towards a wonderful world of fresh, light desserts. Like refreshing mango and lime cheesecake pots (easy to make ahead of time if you’ve got guests over) and passion fruit, coconut and lime ice creams (just as easy and brilliant if there are kids in your crowd).

But they also make us think of healthy ways to start our day. After all, athletes aren’t the only ones who need a nutritional boost first thing in the morning. This month (and all year, really), we’re digging glasses of banana (a Brazilian staple) and almond (an athlete’s best friend) smoothies or green smoothie bowls, flavoured with spinach and strawberries and topped with some more of these sweet, ripe bananas.

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To be a winner, you’ve got to eat like a winner. And at Spinneys, we’re of the firm belief that to cook great food, you need to start with great produce. Every ingredient used in the recipes above can be found in Spinneys (locate your nearest store here). And from the beef, fruit and vegetables (plus our range of dairy and fresh fish and seafood), you’ll find the same thing every time: top quality produce.