How to Make Brazilian Black Bean Stew

People choose to become vegetarians for a variety of reasons that could be purely personal, based upon…

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PUBLICADO: EST Dec 10, 2012 10:04 pm EST
People choose to become vegetarians for a variety of reasons that could be purely personal, based upon health needs, or a combination of the two. This is when recipes like Brazilian Black Bean Stew are a perfect addition to meal planning. When the word vegetarian is used, it is often linked to the definition of those who do not eat beef, fish, pork, poultry, shellfish, or any other kind of animal, but they will eat eggs and dairy.

This type of vegetarian is known as a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Lacto means milk and Ovo means egg, each of which is a Latin term. In addition to those terms, there is also a Lacto-vegetarian who will not eat eggs and an Ovo-vegetarian that will not consume dairy products, but will eat eggs. All the terminology is confusing, but it's important to remember these are all choices. If you choose to consume eggs on one day and choose not toa the next, that doesn't mean you are breaking any rules. It merely means you are changing your mind.

Number of Servings: 6

Preparation time: under 30 minutes

This recipe for this Brazilian Black Bean Stew is a quick and easy vegetarian dish that is a favorite in the country of Brazil. The ingredients are not only nourishing and palatable, but they are also esthetically pleasing when presented on the plate. For those who are throwing a dinner party and would like to present a colorful dish, this Brazilian Black Bean Stew recipe will not disappoint.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

1. You'll need a large stock pot to heat the oil over medium heat. Toss in the onion, and cook until softened (approximately 5 minutes). Make sure you are stirring them frequently. Add the garlic, and continue cooking the mixture until the onion is golden (approximately 3 minutes).

2. Stir the bell pepper, chili, sweet potatoes, canned tomatoes (and its liquid), and water. Bring the Brazilian black bean stew mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for between 10 and 15 minutes.

3. While the stew simmers, steam some Swiss shard and warm up some tortillas to serve with the meal.

4. Add the black beans, and continue simmering uncovered for approximately 5 minutes. This should heat the Brazilian black bean stew all the way through.

5. Stir the mango into the stew and cook for another minute until heated through.

There is a slight nutritional difference between canned black beans and fresh. However, both are simple to find and easy to use in this recipe.

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