I don’t know about you, but I’m a HUGE Olympics fan. My family goes all out and celebrates by making a meal themed to the host country. It’s a favorite tradition of ours!

Since my husband has been to Brazil, I had the inside scoop on traditional Brazilian foods — plus a couple special requests — for the Rio Olympics. The meal turned out to be a hit. (My favorites were the rice & beans and the baked bananas.)

Today I’m sharing the foods I made, with links to the recipes.

With all the steak I cooked, we had TONS of leftovers. I whipped up a salad with it a couple days later, and it was delicious, so I’m sharing it here too. Perfect for the hot summer months!


Here are the recipes I made for our Brazilian feast:

Grilled Brazilian Picanha – This steak was sooo tender and delicious. Next time I’ll use less salt to make it healthier.

One-Pot Brazilian Rice and Beans with Sausage – My favorite part of the meal! It’s a healthy recipe as is, but I made it even healthier by using brown rice and lean chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s.

Creamy Corn Gratin – A custard-like corn dish with mild flavor.

Easy Brazilian Cheese Bread – This one had mixed reviews due to its chewiness. A great recipe for those with gluten sensitivity.

Dessert: Baked Bananas – A huge hit! We enjoyed these with homemade ice cream, but they were delicious on their own too. One modification to the recipe: I used vanilla extract in place of the rum. You can also cut back on the sugar, or drizzle honey in its place.


If you find yourself with leftover steak like we did, here’s the perfect recipe to use it up. It makes a great lunch option, or you can make it with freshly grilled steak for a healthy dinner. I’m sharing the recipe as a single serving, but feel free to multiply for however many people will be eating it.



Easy Grilled Steak Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving


  • 2 cups Chopped lettuce (I used romaine, but spring mix would be delicious as well)
  • 1/3 cup Grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Crumbled goat cheese
  • 3 oz. Sliced grilled steak (can be served hot or cold)
  • 1 Tbsp Annie's Tuscany Italian dressing, or Italian dressing of your choice


  1. Combine lettuce, tomatoes, and goat cheese in a single-serve salad bowl.
  2. Top with steak and dressing; toss to coat.

Here’s a picture of the dressing I used. I find it in the organic section of my local Kroger, but Annie’s can also be found in the regular dressing aisle at many grocery stores.


Brazilian Feast Recipe Link-Up + Grilled Steak Salad Recipe