Summer Superfoods Recipe Series: Green Beans with Minas Cheese Brazil Nuts

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By : dLife Editors

Summer is the perfect time to cook with flavorful diabetes superfoods.

We’ve teamed up with acclaimed cookbook author, Chef Letícia Moreinos Schwartz, to come up with a series of special recipes that contain superfood ingredients like carrots, green beans, arugula, brazil nuts, mango, salmon, and citrusy lemon.

This fun, summer menu features a Chicken Carrot sandwich, a Green Beans side, a Mango, Smoked Salmon and Arugula Salad, and cool refreshing Swiss Lemonade to drink.

These and many more recipes can be found in Chef Leticia’s cookbooks, My Rio de Janeiro and The Brazilian Kitchen.

Make the complete menu. Hurry! Summer is almost over!

Green Beans with Minas Cheese Brazil Nuts

Green Beans

Photo Credit: Leticia Schwartz. My Rio de Janeiro: A Cookbook.

Recipe excerpted from My Rio de Janeiro

Courtesy Chef Letícia Moreinos Schwartz

Serves 4


  • 1½ lbs string beans, both ends trimmed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup (72g) Minas Cheese crumbled (or Feta)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup (40g) Brazil nuts


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water. In a steamer or a pot fitted with a steaming basket, bring the water to a boil and place the string beans. Season with kosher salt, cover the pot, and steam until just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove the beans and transfer to the iced water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Remove from the ice water and spread the beans on a plate covered with paper towels to absorb any extra water. Let it air dry for 5 minutes.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil to make an emulsion.
  3. Place the beans in a bowl and pour enough dressing over to coat lightly, (reserve the rest for another use).
  4. Toss with the cheese, red onion and grade the Brazil nuts over the string beans with a Microplane.
  5. Taste for seasoning and serve.

Feature image: Cover design to My Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy: Chef Letícia Moreinos Schwartz.

NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified nutritional professional. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your specific dietary needs.