Olympic Themed Breakfast Recipes
Brazilian Passion Fruit and Mango Smoothie
Tropical fruit is the centerpiece of most Brazilian breakfasts. These smoothies combine passion fruit juice and coconut water with fresh mango and yogurt. They're similar to a lassi ,but with extra tang to offset the sweetness of the mango. Add some fresh mint for an extra element of brightness.
Simple cakes like this one are a popular breakfast treat in Brazil.
Chilean Chorizo and Herb Tortilla
In South America, flat omelets or frittatas are called tortillas; this one is made with spicy chorizo sausage, parsley and cilantro and sweet caramelized onion.
Sliced Fresh Guava with Shaved Coconut
When buying coconuts, chose heavy ones that feel full of liquid.
Sausage-Stuffed Brazilian Cheese Breads (Pao de Queijo)
Pao de queijo is a traditional Brazilian cheese bread made from sour tapioca flour. If you can't find the sour version, you can substitute regular tapioca flour. This recipe includes browned pork sausage that's mixed into the rolls. Cut them in half and fill with a fried egg for a perfect mini breakfast sandwich.
Brazilian Acai Bowls with Coconut-Cashew Granola
Acai bowls are a Brazilian street food fixture. In this version, the frozen acai berries are blended with almond milk and bananas for an extra creamy finish. The coconut-cashew granola that's sprinkled on top—as these bowls are traditionally served—is also excellent on its own. Look for the acai packs in the freezer section.
Guava-Cream Cheese Pastries
These delicious pastelitos (filled pastries) have a crisp, buttery puff-pastry shell. They're a great, easy-to-make dessert.
Brazilian Chia Pudding Cups with Acai and Coconut Yogurt
In this recipe, chia pudding gets a Brazilian twist with frozen acai and toasted coconut. It's a make-ahead breakfast that is perfect for keeping in the refrigerator for the week ahead. Create parfaits by layering the bananas, acai chia pudding and coconut yogurt, or keep the elements separate and assemble them when you're ready to eat.
Golden Yuca-and-Coconut Cake
Known as enyucado in Colombia, this cake is traditionally cooked in a skillet and browned on both sides like a Spanish tortilla; some Colombian cooks like to bake it in the oven. The result is a dense, chewy cake that is cut into wedges and served as a side dish with savory foods or as a dessert.
Açai Super Smoothie
Brazilian surfers first popularized this freakishly nutritious Amazonian berry. Now it has gone mainstream. The smoothie here, by F&W's Grace Parisi, boosts acai's healthfulness with pomegranate juice.