Culture & Community: Brazil

Students will prepare regionally cultural foods from different regions around the world that use school-grown produce from the buckets provided by the local manufacturing industry: M&M Industries-- and communicate in writing how important regional differences and diversity is on our planet. How can we, as chefs, create dishes that express and highlight the cultural differences around our community and world, so we can appreciate our place on our unique planet?

Course Outcome
Clear Learning Target: I can prepare a dish specifically unique to Brazil and explain the ways Brazil is different from my community.

In this unit, students experience gardening, collaboration, and empathy as they explore the differences between different regions around the world. Students will make a self-to- world connection as they eat their way through the different regions of the country and world.

Part 1: BRAZIL

Interactive Read-aloud: Along the Tapajós

Recipes used:

Easy Brazilian PÃO DE QUEIJO

(Cheese Bread)


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour (or cornstarch) 
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line muffin tin with muffin liner cups. 
  • In a large bowl, vigorously whisk milk, oil, salt, and egg.
  • Slowly add flour & starch, about a 1/4 to 1/2 a cup at a time and mix well until well combined.
  • Add cheese and mix.
  • Spoon mixture into muffin tin with the batter until almost all of the way. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until browned.
  • ENJOY!

Easy Brazilian Feijoada


  • ½ cup minced onion
  • ½ cup minced green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
  • ½ cup chicken broth, or more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a pot, add onion and green pepper; cook and stir until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Mix in cilantro, garlic, and bay leaf; cook and stir until flavors combine, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Stir beans, chicken broth, vinegar, salt, and pepper into the onion mixture; cover and let simmer until the flavors combine, 10 to 15 minutes. Add more chicken broth if you would like the beans to be more soupy.

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