Vegan Brazilian Feijoada (Black Bean Stew)
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Serves: 6
  • 400g sweet potato, chopped into 3cm chunks
  • 3 mixed peppers, chopped into 3cm chunks
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 200g smoked tofu, chopped into 3cm chunks
  • 800g cooked black beans (or 2 tins)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or water
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • Coconut oil, for cooking
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cassava flour
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • ½ cup olives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Coconut oil, for cooking
Braised Kale
  • 1 bunch kale (mine was flat leaf)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • Coconut oil, for cooking
  • Sea salt, to taste
To serve
  • Brown rice or quinoa
  • Sliced oranges
  • Coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • Limes
  1. Preheat your oven to 185ºC / 365ºF. Toss together your sweet potatoes, peppers, sweet paprika, pinch of salt, and a drizzle of coconut oil in a baking tray and roast for about 25-30 minutes, tossing once always through, until sweet potatoes have softened.
  2. As you roast your veggies, heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large pan and add your onion. Reduce to a low heat and cook until softened, about 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in your garlic, smoked paprika, tofu, and bay leaves and pan fry for 5 minutes minute before adding your beans along with 1 cup of vegetable stock or water. Simmer uncovered until vegetables are done roasting, then add them to the pan and simmer for a further 20 minutes or until the stew is nice and thick.
  1. As your feijoada stew is cooking, make your farofa.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan over low heat, then add your onion and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add your garlic and cook for a further minute before adding grated carrots and olives. Cover and cook for 1 minute on very low heat.
  3. Uncover and add your cassava flour, stirring until toasted and fragrant. Taste and adjust any seasoning. It should resemble a slightly wet, crunchy flour. Place in a serving bowl and set aside until ready to eat.
Braised Kale
  1. Remove the hard stalks from the kale and bunch up the leaves, slicing them across into long thin strips.
  2. Heat up your coconut oil over low heat in a frying pan - you could use the one you used for the farofa - and cook your onion until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute before adding your kale. Cook until wilted, season with salt, and serve.
To Serve
  1. Serve the bean stew with some rice or quinoa, along with a side of the braised kale, sliced oranges, and the crunchy farofa. You can serve lime wedges and coriander at the table or already add some to individual bowls.
Cassava flour and cassava starch are two different things! The flour is coarse and will toast up nicely.
Recipe by Sprinkle of Green at