How To Cut a Mango

I recently posted a link to Skinnytaste’s Slow Cooked Jerk Pork with Caribbean Salsa. The salsa includes mango, and a fellow blogger, Liz, asked how I cut mangos. My ridiculous response in the comments section prompted me to write this post. Thanks Liz!

Start by holding the mango the skinny way (flatter sides facing to the left and right).
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Cut off the two sides as close to the flat sides of the pit as possible.

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You will be left with the pit and some flesh around the outside of it.
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Use a sharp knife to cut through the flesh but not the skin making squares and triangles.

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Push the half inside outside.

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No photo of the next step but you cut off the chunks of mango getting as close to the skin as you can. At this step, you will often find me eating off the small pieces of mango the knife missed.

Almost done now!

Cut off the sides along the edges of the pit.

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Run the knife between the flesh and the skin.

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Cut the smaller “moons” of flesh into chunks.

There may be some flesh still on the pit, so you may be able to get a little more by cutting close to the pit. If you’re like me, you might go animal style and just eat the remaining juicy fruit off the pit.

There you have it – my technique for cutting a mango.

It takes me about five minutes from start to finish, and it is so worth the time. I’ve never bought pre-cut mango, but it always looks horribly dry and is more expensive. During the winter months, I often have a bag of frozen mango from TJ’s in my freezer to get my mango fix. It is my favorite fruit!

Good luck in your mango cutting and eating!

WIAW Summer Staples #2

Wednesday already? In the summer, I often wish the weeks went by slower, but in a few weeks, I will be changing my tune. At least I have a party to look forward to. Tonight I am hosting a Pampered Chef and Thirty-One party (I’ll have pictures and recipes, including one for a super easy tres leches cake, of it tomorrow) for a friend who recently had a baby.

I’m getting ahead of myself, and instead of the future, we need to talk about the past…specifically yesterday’s eats. A big thank you goes to Jenn over at Peas and Crayons and her creative theme, summer staples.
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Warning: I could not, for the life of me, remember to take pictures before I started eating. At least I remembered, right?

This morning I made it to the dog park immediately upon waking and walked for an hour and fifteen minutes. I ate half a banana before and egg sandwich (sandwich thin, one egg, crumbled bacon, spinach, and a slice of Monterey cheese) and a banana and a half after. Bananas sounded good to me apparently!

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I posted this recipe on Monday, and it makes a great leftover cold salad. All of those tomatoes are from my garden! The hybrid plant I bought combines the grape and Roma tomatoes and it is producing fruit like crazy. For a little sweetness, I finished the meal with about two cups of watermelon.
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Around 4:00pm, I needed a snack, and apparently some sugar. Oops! It would’ve been rude to have served guests a dessert I hadn’t tested. Don’t worry….it’s good. Real good.

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Brody had a meeting, so I was on my own for dinner. It’s been ages since I’d had tuna. I mixed one can of albacore tuna with a tablespoon of light mayo, chopped tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, and a little cracked pepper. My sweet tooth (as if I hadn’t had enough sugar already) was satisfied with a fabulously ripe mango, and because I am honest, another small piece of tres leches cake. Yup, it’s still edible. Just checking.

Around 9:30, my stomach started making noises. I probably could’ve gone to bed and been fine but I chose to have the last cup of Corn Chex with a little milk.

As for my summer staples, mangos are definitively in that category. I love mangos and credit them with helping me break my chocolate addiction/habit last summer. Tomatoes are also a staple, especially if I grew them. A fresh tomato slice on a BLT or sliced thick with a little salt – nothing like it. My only complaint is that the acid starts to get to me. Real world problems here.

That’s all she wrote, and ate. Have I made that joke before? If so, I apologize. It’s bad.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Questions:
Do you have a garden? What is doing well this summer? Not so well?
What was the best thing you ate yesterday?
Do you eat a lot of sugar (natural, processed, or both)?

Alphabet of My Weekend

Both Janetha from Meals and Moves and Chelsey from Clean Eating Chelsey used this format. I liked it and I am too lazy to think for myself, so I am being a copycat. 🙂

A is for appetite
My appetite is bigger than normal today. This tends to happen to me the day after long runs.

B is for Brody
Brody took a nap this afternoon with headphones on that I got him for his birthday.

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C is for cutting
I spent an hour this morning cutting down and hauling the branches away of three willow bushes in our yard. They grow so quickly and were already starting to bud. I never got around to cutting them back in the fall.

D is for dog park
My friend Jennifer called me at 8:30 this morning to see if I was interested in meeting her at the dog park. Although I was in the process of making donuts (see F), I said yes. It had been a while since we had chatted, and the time flies when we walk together. We did four laps in an hour with our dogs, which was about three miles.

E is for episodes
We watch a lot of episodes of Lost on the weekends. This show is very confusing even though it is second time I am watching it.

F is for fail
While drinking an iced coffee this morning in a quiet house, I caught up on a few blogs. The Daily Crumb referenced donuts she had made. I looked through the recipe, looked through my cupboard and fridge, and realized I had everything to make these babies! What I did not realize was that I needed a donut pan – missed that detail. I piped the batter into rings on a cookie sheet and watched them spread out into cookie/pancake/semi-donut looking things. Major fail. They still tasted good, especially with the glaze drizzled over the top. Now I have a dozen flat donuts, and based on looks, I don’t know if anyone at my school would try them if I left them in the coffee area.

G is for Grandma
Yesterday was my grandma’s birthday. I am horrible with birthdays and apparently a horrible granddaughter. I will be sending a late birthday card tomorrow. 😦

H is for hamburgers
Tonight we are grilling! On the menu: hamburgers and asparagus. The asparagus I got from Aldi looks really good with nice skinny stalks. Brody makes a killer hamburger with lots of yummy seasonings.

I is for IT band
My IT band needs some attention after my long run yesterday. The foam roller is staring at me. I know I need to do it, but it hurts.

J is for julep
Last night, one of the drinks I tried at Natt Spil was a spin on a mint julep. There was oolong kombucha in it, so I was intrigued. I have had a mint julep once before when I went to the Kentucky Derby (the inner area, not the fancy area with the hats). I, unfortunately, did not care for the drink last night. I should’ve stuck with the raspberry kombucha Collins.

K is for kombucha
We had a few errands to run this morning and needed to pick up meat, cheese, and buns for burgers tonight. Hyvee has a great selection of kombuchas for a decent price. I chose the trilogy flavor.

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L is for laundered
One of my least favorite chores is taking off bed sheets and putting them back on. As much as I love the feeling and smell of clean sheets, it is such a pain. But I put on my big girl pants and stripped the bed and laundered the sheets.

M is for mango
When I want to cut back on my sugar intake, I turn to mango. Whether it is fresh or frozen, I love mango. It helped me detox from chocolate for almost a month when I got back from Switzerland (their chocolate is amazing).

N is for Natt Spil
Natt Spil was pretty good last night. The drinks, especially the raspberry kombucha Collins, were spot on, but the food was just alright. We ordered some appetizers (steamed dumplings, cheese wontons, and steamed mussels), and those were all very good. The pizzas weren’t anything spectacular. I ordered the Greek Goddess with red peppers, artichokes, olives, and onions. Brody and I decided we probably wouldn’t eat dinner there again but that it’d be a good place for drinks and apps.

O is for open
Because of the warm weather, our windows are open. I love having fresh air in the house.

P is for pancakes
I made pancakes for Brody and I this morning. Mine were topped with peanut butter and maple syrup.

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Q is for quiet
I love the quiet of weekend mornings. My internal alarm clock wakes me up around 7am. I enjoy the peacefulness and knowing the day is so full of possibilities and opportunities.

R is for rest
My body needs rest and that’s what it is getting today. Besides my three mile walk at the dog park, my legs and body are not doing much.

S is for Stalzy’s
After dropping off Brody’s bike to be tuned up, we headed over to Stalzy’s on Atwood for lunch. I had never been there when breakfast items were available and jumped on the idea of combining eggs and good meat. I ordered the Brooklyn breakfast sandwich: grilled rye, Swiss cheese, pastrami, fried egg, and ground mustard. SOOO GOOD!

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T is for tight
My legs are tight from yesterday. My lack of stretching, foam rolling, and rehydrating probably have something to do with that.

U is for unlimited
Moose has unlimited amounts of energy today. After an hour at the dog park, play time outside, and a thirty minute walk, he still wants to play.

V is for vacuum
The dogs shed, so I try to vacuum once a week. I still need to do this today.

W is for water
Because I did not drink enough water yesterday after my run and then chose to have a couple cocktails last night, I know I am still dehydrated. Need to keep drinking water.

X is for X-fit (Crossfit)
This one is a stretch, but X is tough. Brody went to X-fit (Crossfit) three times last week. Today he said he excited for me to be done with marathon training so that I can come try it.

Y is for you
I have enjoyed writing to all of you, whoever you are! This post was especially fun even though it took much longer than I had expected.

Z is for ZZZs
I hope to get some quality ZZZs tonight in my clean sheets. Eight hours is ideal for me but most weekday nights I end up only sleeping for seven.