We love how the Games kicked off in style! The RIO 2016 Olympics provides wonderful opportunities for families and friends to get together and watch their favourite sports and athletes compete to bring home glory and gold. Why not carry the torch and bring a taste of RIO to your home?
Plan this Olympic-themed party for your must-watch favourite sport, the days you’d like to catch the athletes you’re rooting for in action or celebrate the festivities during the closing ceremony on 21st August.
Here’s a lineup of 11 healthy, colourful and ridiculously flavourful party food ideas (including authentic Brazilian fare) you can prepare at home. Choose from any of these appetisers/sides, mains, drinks and desserts/snacks that you fancy. Then it’s time to get the party started! Bom apetite!
Olympic Rings Fruit Platter
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This one is so simple but the best. All you need are whole and sliced fruits - pick those that resemble the colours of the Olympic rings – blueberries, blackberries, strawberries/watermelon, pineapple/jackfruit and green kiwi/grapes and simply arrange them in shapes of the rings. Plus, enjoy a whole load of antioxidants and nutrients packed in those rings!
For an Olympic ring breakfast, simply slather some cream cheese on wholegrain bagels and top them with those fruits. A sure colourful start to the day.
Pao de Queijo (Brazilian cheese rolls)
A Brazilian staple, these chewy, gluten-free cheese puffs are great for breakfast, sides or snacks. All you need is 500g of tapioca flour, a cup of water, a cup of vegetable oil, a cup of milk, 1 teaspoon salt, 4 large eggs and 4 cups shredded parmesan cheese.
Preheat the oven to 400°F, prepare a greased tray or use foil. Place the flour in a bowl and add water. Knead the dough to break up all crumbly texture. In a medium-sized pan, heat the vegetable oil, milk and salt over moderate heat until it comes to a boil. Turn off the heat and let it cool. Add the mix to the flour, kneading with your hands until everything is well-mixed in. Knead more while adding the eggs one by one. Add grated cheese and knead more. Oil your hands as the dough can get sticky. If the dough is too soft, add less eggs. Add more milk if it’s too dry. Shape the dough into small balls and bake until golden for about 25 to 30 minutes.
Simply fill ice-cream cones with cacao powder or cinnamon, Greek yoghurt then dip a handful of carrots and red peppers sticks in! A great alternative to popcorn and definitely healthier than those sodium-heavy chips.
Tomato-Heart Of Palm Salad
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With only 10 minutes prep time required, you can serve your guests this light, Brazilian salad. Toss sliced cherry tomatoes, hearts of palm, small onions and parsley. Drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette and voila, it’s done! Sprinkle sliced almonds or coconut flakes if you’d like.
Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Beef
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Feed a crowd with this classic Brazilian dish, Barbacoa Beef is a slow-cooked must-have. This is a set-it-and-leave-it meal with little prep. Plus, this shredded beef can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days and frozen for up to 3 months.
Add 3 tablespoons of olive to 300g of lean roast in a pot. Stir in 4 cloves of minced garlic, chopped green chilies, a finely chopped Bombay onion, ¼ cup of fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, 2 teaspoons of dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, chipotle sauce, 5 bay leaves, salt to taste and ½ cup of water. Place the bay leaves on top and slow cook at 160 to 180°F for 6 to 8 hours until the beef is tender and falls apart when shredded with a fork. With two forks, shred the beef into bite-sized pieces inside the slow cooker, toss the meat around, cover and let it the beef soak up the juices for an extra 10 minutes. Top with your favourite toppings with sliced avocados, jalapenos, chopped tomatoes, cilantro or black beans. Enjoy this Barbacoa beef with wholegrain tortillas, tacos or tortilla chips!
Moqueca (Brazilian seafood stew)
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This is one super easy, healthy and tasty seafood stew. Select the kind of seafood you like and then it’s just lots of chopping aromatics like garlic, onion, ginger, lemongrass and cilantro, tomatoes, fresh lime juice, some salt and pepper. Heat some coconut oil in a pot. Saute the vegetables, stir in your chosen seafood or fishes, garnish with lime and cilantro and serve with brown rice or mashed pumpkins.
One Pot Brazilian Chicken and Rice
This hearty, comfort meal is perfect if you only have 30 minutes to prepare a main dish. In a large pan, heat 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, then saute diced onion and minced garlic. Add about 6 pieces of chicken thighs and let it brown on both sides. Add a tablespoon of turmeric, 2 tablespoons dried oregano, black pepper and saute. Add 2 cups of fresh corn, 2 ½ cups of rice and let it cook for 1 minute. Add 2-3 cups of homemade chicken stock and let the rice cook till soft. Add salt to taste and garnish with lime and parsley.
These are no ordinary sliders. Simply layer your burger buns with a meat of your choice, crispy lettuces, sliced tomatoes and Dijon mustard. Serve these with an international spread of toppings – Greek yoghurt, mango chutney, kimchi, wasabi, cheese and sliced jalapenos. And watch them disappear in minutes!
Brazilian Lemonade 2.0
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Swap your regular lemonade with this refreshing sipper. Instead of sugar and condensed milk used in the original recipe, we suggest mixing coconut water, lime juice (no lemons here despite the name) and crushed ice for this oh-so-good drink!
Passion Fruit Cooler
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For a tropical drink, combine mint leaves, orange, ginger and passion fruit for a flavourful and refreshing swig!
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Why not try these low-carb, gluten-free coconut waffles, homemade peanut butter coconut bars? Or for an acai bowl, simply blend coconut milk, your favourite fruits and dates until completely smooth. Pour the smoothie into a bowl or a halved fresh coconut. Top with cacao nibs, granola, chia seeds or your favourite toppings. Perfect for anytime of the day!
Enliven the spirit of Olympics in your home, use hula hoops or coloured balloons to form the famous Olympic rings. Or celebrate global unity with strings of country flags. To create a photo booth, have mini flags, printables or props (anything from a pair of googles to medals) and let your guests have fun snapping away!
With samba, grooves and catchy drum beats, Brazilians sure know how to dance and party. Fill the air with an upbeat playlist or select a few Brazilian tunes like Tempos Modernos by Lulu Santos, Resposta by Skank, Tà Perdoado by Maria Rita and enjoy the party!