So, mangoes. They’re not super weird, but they definitely not an apple or banana. A mango is something I’ve only bought once, and that was last week. I have nothing against them, I just thought I’d leave my enjoyment of them to professional smoothie makers, or the restaurant who thought a mango salsa would go well with my fish (and it does). I’ve changed my own mind and I think they’ll be on the grocery list pretty frequently. I found a lovely and simple smoothie recipe that I can easily do at home, so there’s nothing stopping me from having one. I may even try making that salsa ’cause it was pretty freakin’ delicious!
The mango I had was really ripe, but the taste was fantastic! My “Cutting a Mango Tutorial” isn’t as pretty as what I saw, but sometimes life isn’t pretty, and it’s messy instead.
So, mangos have a flat, ovals pit in the center. You’ll start by cutting to the left and then to the right of the center to avoid that pit.
You now have three sections. You’ll take the one with the pit and cut the remaining flesh off, creating a “C” shape. Score those pieces with a knife, invert the mango, and cut the cubes off.
Take the other two sections, and score a criss-cross pattern into them. Again, invert the mango and cut the cubes off.
Pretty simple. If my explanation confuses you, google a video on how to prepare a mango. That should clear up my poor explanation 🙂
Now let’s get to the smoothie.
Mix the mango, 2/3 C of yogurt (vanilla or coconut…I used Noosa cause it’s just so dang good), 1/4 C green tea (steep 2 bags for 5 minutes), 2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes, and six ice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth. Feel free to add other ingredients and make it your own. This really hit the spot for lunch today! Tasty and quick!
Recipe adapted from mango.org