Posts Tagged ‘Mango’

Tropical Green Smoothie

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


I’m definitely on the green smoothie bandwagon. When they initially gained popularity, I really wasn’t convinced that I would be okay drinking a salad. I finally tried it because of the nutritional benefit and found that I really like them! (more…)

Mango Coconut Banana Bread

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
-Harriet Van Horne (Vogue 1956)

Is there anything more comforting than freshly baked banana bread? Growing up a friend and I would always make banana bread when we were down. We would spy each other with that knowing look and immediately start gathering ingredients. When we were apart we would often bring a warm slice to each other “just because” and the sentiment contained in that delicious slice is something that I can conjure up all of these years later. It was more than the ingredients, it was an act of love. It was an act of knowing that we can’t always fix things with words, but sharing in a scrumptous delight and surrendering to that moment, somehow everything was just a little more bearable.
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Mango Chicken over Coconut Rice

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Tell me what you eat,

and I shall tell you what you are.

-Jean-Anthelme Brilliat-Saravin

After tonight’s dinner, with the above quote in mind, Jean would peg me as a lover of all things tropical and he would be right. I have long fantasized of changing my heritage to more suit my palate and climate preferences. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t get excited at the prospect of scaring the life out of people when I tell them I love them (I’m mostly German BTW), but island cuisine and way of life melds so much better with my current state of mind than my own German roots ever have. (With the exception of Christmas of course. I would be lost without my German Christmas traditions and pfeffernusse.)

Every time I eat a perfectly ripe pineapple or sprinkle some toasted coconut on my latest creation I am reminded of how grateful I am that other cultures and countries share their food with us. My diet would be pretty unexciting if I were only able to eat the foods that naturally grew near my geographical location. It would, however, give me even more incentive to move to a tropical locale.

Nonetheless, this quick and easy recipe helped to muffle my desire to escape to a tropical paradise.

With the kids now back in school and back to a myriad of activities, it has been increasingly difficult to get a good meal on the table. This is the perfect season for slow cookers. With a little prep work earlier in the day, your family can be sitting down to a warm delicious meal moments after mom’s taxi service closes for the day.

Mango Chicken over Coconut Rice

Mango Chicken over Coconut Rice

Ingredients

  • 4-5 chicken breasts
  • 1 large ripe mango peeled and diced
  • 3 ripe peaches peeled and diced
  • 1/2-1 full hatch chili pepper (or pepper of your choice) seeds and ribs removed and diced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp toasted coconut for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare slow cooker by spraying sides and bottom with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or medium for 4-5 hours.
  3. Shred chicken and serve over coconut rice with toasted coconut on top.

Coconut Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 (16.5 oz) can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut
  • water

Instructions

  1. Cook rice as per package directions but sub coconut milk for as much water as you can.
  2. For example I cooked cal rose rice in a microwave rice cooker that called for 3 cups of water to 2 cups of rice. The 16.5 oz can was almost 2 c so I finished filling the measuring cup with water to equal 3 cups.
  3. When the rice is done, immediately toss with toasted coconut.

Lilibeth – Pizza and a Movie

Friday, September 13th, 2013

I love the Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker characters in the Rush Hour movies. It’s fun to watch, there’s action, there’s comedy, and there are really goofy lines. So, for pizza and a movie night I made a Triad pizza honoring the Asian and French themes in the third movie.
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Amaree – Pizza and a Movie

Friday, September 13th, 2013

One of my favorite movies is the OLD Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Always one to be attracted to the silly and whimsical, Willy Wonka has been one of my favorite characters, played so adeptly by Gene Wilder. He has such delight in the simple pleasures of life and finds ways to share those simple delights in fantastical ways! And yet, behind that silliness, there is such a deep and complex person who cares so much for others. And then there is sweet, innocent Charlie! It is so easy to love him and his genuine, tender personality.  And of course, the basis of the movie is a love of chocolate. And I LOVE chocolate!
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Mango Lime Basil Jam

Friday, August 30th, 2013

I used my case of mangoes to make the best jam ever!  I was researching different jam recipes online when I stumbled across nectarine jam with basil.  I immediately got excited at the possibilities of basil!!  My husband and kids love to eat mangoes, but I wanted to do something special with them.  I let the 8 pounds of mangoes ripen all week until they were wrinkled and soft, but not mushy or moldy.  I discovered last summer that very ripe mangoes make for a more spreadable jam, and that’s why I added Sure-Jell to this batch of mangoes.


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Mango-Chipotle Bar-B-Que Sauce

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Mango-Chipotle Bar-B-Que Sauce

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White Chocolate Mango Banana Bread

Friday, June 7th, 2013

White Chocolate Mango Banana Bread

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Sweet and Spicy Mango Chutney (?)

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Beautiful Ataulfo mangoes from Bountiful Baskets paired with red peppers 3 for $1 at one of my favorite stores, what does that mean?  Well, in my kitchen it means “Sweet and Spicy Mango Chutney”.  I don’t know that this could technically fall under the “chutney” category as it has no nuts, no raisons, and none of the curry flavors I associate with chutney.  It’s probably more like a salsa but since that is the name it came with, and I do not think it’s polite to rename someone else’s baby…chutney it is.

This recipe is beautifully simple to create and has a wide range of uses.  I start by dicing mangoes, red bell peppers, and yellow onion.  That all simmers in a mixture of brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and lime juice.  I add in finely chopped garlic and finely chopped ginger along with a happy helping of crushed red peppers.  When that is smelling good and looking pretty I pack it all into my warm pint or half-pint jars and water-bath the heck out of it (15 mins in my neck of the woods).

Sweet and Spicy Mango Chutney (?)

Ingredients

  • 6 cups diced unripe mango (about 3 to 4 large, hard green mangoes)
  • ½ cups diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1¼ cups cider vinegar (5%)
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

  1. Wash and rinse half-pint canning jars; keep hot until ready to use. Prepare lids according to manufacturer's directions.
  2. Wash all produce well. Peel and chop mango into ½-inch cubes. Dice bell pepper into ½-inch pieces. Finely chop yellow onions.
  3. Combine all ingredients in an 8-quart Dutch oven or stockpot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce to simmering, and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Fill hot solids into clean, hot half-pint jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Cover with hot liquid, leaving ½-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened, clean paper towel; apply two-piece metal canning lids.
  5. Process in a boiling water canner. (10 mins to 1,000 ft- 15 mins from 1,001-6,000, 20 mins above 6,000)
  6. Let cool, undisturbed, for 12 to 24 hours and check for seals.
  7. Serve up and enjoy!

The shelf- life is supposed to be 1 year but with it’s delicious taste and versatility, mine has never lasted that long.  What do I do with it you wonder?  Thanks for asking because I really want to tell you.  One of my favorite ways to use it up is for a Sunday slow cooker meal that has become a family favorite.  I pop in a lightly seasoned pork roast, add a touch of water and let it go low and slow until it’s literally falling apart.  I shred that sucker up and mix in a pint of “Sweet and Spicy Mango Chutney”.  This “Sweet and Spicy Mango Pork” is then served over rice or in cabbage leaves and topped with macadamia nuts for a delicious Asian dinner.

We have discovered that this recipe is great on the grill. I open a jar, pour some into a ziplock bag and pop in a few chicken legs or thighs, whatever I have on hand.  I let that marinade for an hour or so (don’t go much longer or the vinegar will break down the chicken too much) and then put the chicken on the grill.  I serve extra sauce (NOT any that was used as marinade) right at the table.

I have also found success making it into a salad dressing.  I take a half-pint jar of the “chutney” and whisk that up with a combination of olive and sesame oil and use it to dress a chopped green salad or an Asian-style cabbage salad.

Last , but certainly not least, this sauce makes a great dip for my favorite wonton recipe.  I add a touch of sesame oil and some soy sauce to the chutney and then let my guests dunk away.  (I’m including the wonton recipe here just for fun.)

Chutney, Salsa, Sauce or just YUM!  Whatever you decide to call it I hope you enjoy this delicious way to use up those mangoes.

Baked Wontons

Ingredients

  • 10 oz (about 1 can) shredded chicken
  • 1 can water chestnuts- drained and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • Coconut oil (liquefied)
  • powdered garlic (optional)
  • 24 sqr wonton wraps

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Mix chicken, and all other ingredients except coconut oil, wontons and powdered garlic.
  3. Stir powdered garlic into the coconut oil (if desired).
  4. Brush edges of wonton with water. Place a small scoop (about a tsp) of filling into the center. For large wontons top with a second wrap. For smaller ones fold in half like a triangle.
  5. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Put the wontons on the wax paper and brush with the oil. Bake 12-15 minutes.

A Trio of Salsa

Saturday, August 18th, 2012


Last Monday I contributed for the Guacamole add on, and started to dream about rich, creamy guacamole. On Saturday I picked up my Guacamole pack and looked through the bag; avocados, green onion, jalapenos, cilantro, limes and another bag. Inside that bag was a treasure that I was not expecting; dried Chipotle peppers. By the time I got home I had lost interest in the avocados and my sights were firmly set on those wonderful aromatic chipotles. In my conventional basket were 4 big ripe tomatoes, BINGO…Fire Roasted Salsa! It took a couple days before I had time to make the salsa, by then I had remembered the avocados and guacamole.
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