Make Café Bossa Nova’s Vegetais Assada at Home!


Since we opened our doors in 2002, Cafe’ Bossa Nova has loved serving fresh, authentic Brazilian cuisine to our loyal customers. Our famous Vegetais Assada mixes some of the best Brazilian ingredients into one delicious, marinara-topped dish.

Want to try your hand at our Vegetais Assada? Our talented chef, Gage Barbe, is sharing our recipe so that you can enjoy the dish whenever you like. Want to skip the cooking and still enjoy this fan favorite from the comfort of your home? We’ve partnered with Chef Shuttle so that our customers can eat their favorite dishes without leaving the house! As they say in Brazil, “Bom Apetite!”

Vegetais Assada

  • 2 medium yellow squash
  • 2 zucchinis
  • ¼ cup hearts of palm, chopped small
  • ¼ cup green olives, chopped small
  • 1/8 cup cup red bell pepper, chopped small
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Wash and cut each zucchini and squash into thirds. Core out the middle of the zucchini and squash and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring water to boiling. Place cored zucchini and squash pieces in the boiling water for about five minutes, or until tender, but still firm. Set aside.

Take the reserved zucchini and squash middles and chop into small pieces.

In a medium sauté pan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil. Add your chopped zucchini and squash along with the chopped hearts of palm, green olives and red bell pepper. Sauté vegetables until tender and soft.

Take the hollowed out zucchini and squash pieces and stuff each with the sautéed vegetable mixture.

Serve with rice and beans, and top with your favorite marinara sauce.

Yields: 4 servings

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