This kid I have... You know, the #2 named Hudson. He's my heart. But he's also going to give me a heart attack!! He's a dare devel - put it in my mouth - I don't care dude. And so when I got invited by The Motherhood to attend a cooking event, I was a little hesitant. But I gotta tell you, I'm so glad that I did!! I wasn't sure because Hudson is so young and Boston is in this stinker stage but I thought why not?!?! If all else fails - bring the iPad.
I love mangos. They are my very first go-to fruit when it comes to adding a tasty sweet to any and all things! Mangos go in salso, smoothies & so much more. Upon arrival at this fun cooking venue not to far from my house you could smell the mangos! Seriously!
We got there a little late because Boston had something after school but we dropped in and picked up quick! They had a mango smoothie already made so I grabbed a couple cups of them, set Boston with his iPad at the table and Hudson and I hit up the kitchen area where everyone was learning the ropes on picking the perfect mango. I'm proud that I actually know how to pick a ripe mango. It's the little things in life, people!! My favorite recipe that I do every single 4th of July has me picking the best of the best.
REAL MOM RECIPES
So what can you make with Mango? Let's get right to the point, shall we. SMOOTHIES! We are smoothie loving fools in our house.
You need a blender, 2 mangos, ice, yogurt (we love NOOSA) & a umbrella straw.
You can make a Mango & Banana one or you can be creative & add some different fruits. I add berries to everything. Add what you need to the blender and turn that thing ON! Sit & sip till your mango heart is content.
MAGIC MANGO POPS
Are you ready for this one? I mean it's SOOO hard! lol Cut the mangos and carefully slide a popsicle stick on the back. Roll each stick in yogurt and sprinkle awesome on them. Put them in the freezer and bring.it.on!
Here are some other really great Mango Tips I learned:
- Selecting: Don’t judge a mango by its color – red does not mean ripe. To find a ripe mango, just squeeze gently. A ripe mango will be slightly soft like a peach or avocado. A firm mango will ripen at room temperature over a few days.
- Prepping: To cut a mango, simply slice off the sides of the fruit, avoiding the large seed in the center. Once you have these two sides, you can get to the flesh and slice or dice as needed. Then, simply scoop it out of the skin. For more on how to cut a mango or delicious new recipes, visit Mango.org.
- Storing: Keep unripe mangos at room temperature. Never refrigerate mangos before they are ripe. Once ripe, mangos can be moved to the refrigerator to slow down ripening for several days.
- Year-Round Availability:
- Mangos are the world’s most popular fruit and are available year-round, so you can always get your hands on a perfect mango.
- Six varieties of mango make up most of what is available in the U.S. Because each variety comes into season at a different time of year, you’ll always find a mango in your produce aisle.
- While there are more mangos in the market during the summer than any other season, this tropical fruit can bring a little sunshine to your table any time of year.
Visit www.mango.org for additional information on mango varieties, availability and recipes.